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Ways to Reduce Stress

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 24, 2013 at 6:26 AM

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?

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on August 25, 2013
at 01:23 AM

..."What's the 2nd I in HIIT?"...hiit stands for High Intensity Interval Training

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on August 24, 2013
at 03:02 PM

Also, some may wish to skip it if they already have chronically high-cortisol. HI will get your adrenals at peak capacity and able to release cortisol easily. If your state of mind is agitated, this then becomes a problem when you're not exercising.

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on August 24, 2013
at 03:00 PM

+1 for entering a state of flow when working. You can work 60 hrs/week and be almost stress-free for those 60 hours. Turn a traditionally negative thing into a positive. To clarify, the question deals with excessive stress where it impedes your ability to relax.

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on August 24, 2013
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What's the 2nd I in HIIT? Thanks.

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on August 24, 2013
at 01:48 PM

Yeah, you don't want to avoid HIIT, you want to do it a couple of times a week.

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on August 24, 2013
at 06:46 AM

High intensity training. Its great for organ longevity but also boosts your cortisol levels.

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on August 24, 2013
at 06:39 AM

What is HIT? Thanks.

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on August 24, 2013
at 06:27 AM

This question assumes that you eat paleo, take fish oil, walk regularly, avoid HIT, get sunlight, and sleep 7+ hrs/night. All the basics.

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on August 24, 2013
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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.

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on August 24, 2013
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+1 for entering a state of flow when working. You can work 60 hrs/week and be almost stress-free for those 60 hours. Turn a traditionally negative thing into a positive. To clarify, the question deals with excessive stress where it impedes your ability to relax.

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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.

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