The 26-year-old returned to the training ground on Monday to begin pre-season work for a season where he will look to cement his role as left-back at Spurs and hopes will extend to a World Cup appearance in Germany next summer.
Erik’s participation in the European Championships and his switch to Spurs from Heerenveen meant free time was at a premium last summer.
“I really appreciated the time off this summer,” he said. “It was four weeks where I did almost nothing. I needed to freshen up my mind to come back ready to start again.
“You realise how important it is to get a break, not just physically but to freshen up your head as well. Otherwise you can end up feeling jaded in November or December and perhaps risk injury as well.
“Normally I can’t just completely turn off but I’ve been able to these four weeks. I had a week in Sardinia completely relaxing and had a great time. I always like to keep in touch with what is happening but when I was away I didn’t even think about football that much. Perhaps I needed that.”
Meanwhile, Erik was delighted that fans named his stunning strike against Liverpool as the best goal of last season via a vote here on www.spurs.co.uk. “It was a nice achievement for me and as a left-back, it’s not going to happen that often, so I appreciate it even more!”
Erik Edman admitted he needed to cut himself off from football for a month before kicking off his preparations for next season.