What to do about stress? - Deepstash

What to do about stress?

If you want to live a life where you’re pushing yourself, develop coping strategies to help you manage stress:

  • Increase your sense of control: just knowing you have the option to reduce stress is enough to make something less stressful.
  • Increase your sense of predictability: teach yourself to recognise situations that make you stress out.
  • Create outlets for frustration: exercise, journaling or meditation.

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Stress is neither good or bad. It's a natural protection response:

If you're an animal in the Serengeti & you're being chased by a lion you really, really want to have a stress response. Being stressed means you’re preparing your muscles to move—your heart rate rises & pushes blood to your extremities by releasing glucose.

In small doses, stress it’s good, but too much stress can make you miserable. We should not be stressed all the time. 

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When cortisol becomes chronically elevated it can severely hurt muscle growth via several mechanisms:

  1. It directly increases muscle breakdown. The amount of muscle you build depends on the difference between protein breakdown (catabolism) and protein synthesis (anabolism). If you increase protein breakdown (which cortisol does) it becomes a lot harder to be in a significantly positive balance.
  2. It decreases nutrient uptake by the muscles. This makes it harder to shuttle amino acids to the muscle to build new tissue and restore muscle glycogen stores.

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You’re sitting in traffic, late for an important meeting, watching the minutes tick away. Your hypothalamus, a tiny control tower in your brain, decides to send out the order: Send in the stress hormones! These stress hormones are the same ones that trigger your body’s “fight or flight” response. Your heart races, your breath quickens, and your muscles ready for action. This response was designed to protect your body in an emergency by preparing you to react quickly. But when the stress response keeps firing, day after day, it could put your health at serious risk.

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Worrying about the future

Worrying is the mental habit of trying to solve a problem that either can’t be solved or isn’t really a problem. 

It gives us the illusion of control. Worrying about it won’t change things. But it will lead to a lot of anxiety.

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