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How to Handle the Beast

Remember that the Beast is survivable

The Beast's presence makes you feel like you can't possibly live until it is gone.

However, history proves this is false. Human beings have lived with Beasts forever, often for years. Life still happens during that time. Choices are still made, and good things are still achieved.



The Fragility of Ordinary Life
The Fragility of Ordinary Life

Our modern lives are only made stable by a surprisingly fragile configuration of routines. When one or more parts is broken, problems appear everywhere. And even the most bland adjustment could thr...

When You Don't Know What's Wrong

Solving a problem is very difficult when its cause is hard to trace. You can’t isolate the trouble the same way you would dunk a leaky inner tube into a bathtub to see where the bubbles come out, for example.

What you can do is try to focus on better inputs: i.e, if you're struggling because of the pandemic and its social and health consequences, try pouring more vegetables, books, and exercise into the front end of the system, while reducing the intake of sugar, Netflix, and news.

Feel-good activities

There are 2 types of feel-better activities:

  • Those that immediately improve your mood, but often at the expense of overall well-being. Easy to start doing, and often hard to stop, they tend not to have long-term rewards.
  • Those are activities that improve your well-being, and your mood too, but usually not right away. You never regret these activities and they take effort.
Productivity is a deeply personal thing
We all have different brains and, therefore, different preferences, perspectives, and situations where we feel most effective. In order to find what works, you have to understand your own psychology.
Action has momentum
So developing personal rituals to get your own snowball rolling downhill is far more important than what yerba mate supplements to take, or what yoga mat to sit on in the morning. 
Work as a linear function

We assume that the amount of productive output we create is directly proportional to the number of hours we input. But the truth is that most thoughtful, brain-intensive work does not unfold like this. The only work that is linear is really basic, repetitive stuff.

Pushing yourself too hard
Pushing yourself too hard

Pushing your body to reach new levels of fitness requires commitment and effort that are intense and challenging.

But without the right balance of rest and recovery you could end up...

Overtraining symptoms

Common symptoms include:

  • Long-term decrease in sports performance
  • Less motivation to exercise
  • Low mood
  • Muscle soreness, aches and pains
  • Loss of good quality sleep
  • General tiredness or fatigue

Symptoms can vary wildly from person to person. Other life stresses, such as working long hours, difficult relationships, dieting, and not getting enough sleep, can accelerate the syndrome.
The only reliable method to assess if you have overtraining syndrome is to track how long it takes you to recover. If you bounce back after a week or two, you probably weren't overtraining.

Overreaching and best training recovery tools

Overreaching is a similar condition to overtraining and it is also characterized by performance decline, but recovery takes several days to weeks. Hard and frequent training, coupled with poor sleep, high levels of stress, and low calorie, low-carb diet may all make someone more likely to develop overtraining syndrome.

The best recovery tool is to manage your training.

  • Take a break from demanding exercise and let your body heal and repair itself. Do light activities, such as walking or stretching.
  • Ensure you're eating healthily
  • Aim for a sufficient amount of undisturbed sleep each night.