πŸ’†β€β™€οΈ Unstress Yourself πŸ’†β€β™‚οΈ

πŸ‘‹ Hello friend,

What do You do when feeling stressed or overwhelmed?

The best thing is not to get into a situation where personal stress tolerance is exceeded. This I try to accomplish by asking myself one question every day:

"What value have I placed on sleep, diet, exercise, light, and relationships in the last 24 hours?"

However, sometimes life happens, and I forget about self-care. πŸ’…

My sometimes not-ideal stress response: Do more, do it faster, do everything at the same time, and run around in my room like a crazy Rumpelstiltskin. πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ”₯

"It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it." - Lou Holtz

πŸ§˜β€β™‚οΈ This is why I decided to write down things I do to prevent getting stressed or getting "unstressed" when stressed:

  1. Use my slow juicer to get fresh vegetable and fruit juice first thing in the morning. Copying MMA fighter #StephanPΓΌtz
  2. Leave my normal environment and go somewhere completely different. For example, hiking on a mountain.
  3. Go running without google maps. If there is a path that separates, I push myself to choose the one I don't feel like taking. This helps me to train the "doing uncomfortable things muscle".
  4. Leave my headphones at home.
  5. Non-Sleep-Deep-Rest to reduce daytime fatigue and increase focus.
  6. The Minimalist Phone App reduces distractions on my phone to a minimum. No colorful apps. Opening and reaching the app I actually want to use.
  7. Braindump: Writing everything down that I think.
  8. Try to purposely be bored.
  9. Drink less or no caffeinated drinks.
  10. Eating one meal a day without watching Netflix, YouTube, etc.
  11. Meeting a good friend in person.
  12. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  13. Put dark green vegetables on my plate.
    "The dark greens supply a significant amount of folate, a B vitamin that promotes heart health and helps prevent certain birth defects. Folate is also necessary for DNA duplication and repair which protects against the development of cancer." - Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center: Grand Forks, ND
  14. Go outside within the first hour of waking for at least 10 minutes to get a natural boost of cortisol. Cortisol helps us to feel focused and alert. This early cortisol boost will trigger a melatonin release after 16h which helps us to fall asleep faster. - How to Feel Energized and Sleep Better With One Morning Activity | Dr. Andrew Huberman
  15. Start working on paper, not a device that is connected to the internet.
  16. I have a preset 5-minute timer on my phone. When I feel stressed, I press it and just sit still until the timer rings. A perfect reset.

πŸ“š 2 beautiful books on dopamine and its effects:

  1. Dopamine Nation by Lembke Anna
  2. The Molecule of More by Daniel Z. Lieberman and Michael E. Long

πŸ›€ This week's ice baths were pretty cold again.

When I go running I always try to find a lake or river to jump into. Two months ago it was uncomfortable because I thought about what people walking by would think.

Nowadays I just do it and don't really care much anymore. People even come, and start talking and laughing with me.

🌞 Have a great week! Thank you all for your great feedback.

xx Luke

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