Stress reduction is a major component of the paleo lifestyle. Yet while the paleo books have detailed guidelines for diet & exercise, they provide few details on how to reduce stress.
Do any of you still have high stress even when living paleo? Do you take extra measures to control it? Do you find specific foods or supplements relaxing? Do you experience symptoms of stress like jitters, nightmares, etc?
asked byJohnny_5 (168)
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on August 24, 2013
at 01:54 PM
There are things you can do. One is Holy Basil aka Tulsi tea.
Meditation, time alone in nature, play, recreation, entering a state of flow when working or working on something, good exercise, good sleep, will all help.
Stress is not necessarily a bad thing. Certain kinds of stress are hormetic signals that help. The simplest one is working out with weights - you tear muscle fibers to rebuild them, but on a more headspace kind of topic, it's how you view things. If you enjoy what you experienced where as another would view the same situation as distressful, you won't have a problem.
on August 27, 2013
at 08:19 AM
Eustress (i.e. optimal acute stressors) primarily applies to physical muscles and organs; the brain is rarely lacking in minimum stimuli/stress unless a feeling of boredom or ennui overwhelms you.
If your body is being looked after then that leaves the mind. If your brain is flooding your body with cortisol you won't be relaxing. And from direct experience, I know that relaxation treats the symptom not the root cause.
As mentioned by raydawg, meditation is one way but most people apply it as an isolated experience. For ongoing stress reduction an attitudinal shift is usually required. Acceptance and commitment therapy for example.