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In this episode I admit that as a thirty-something year old I currently have the average heart rate variability of a healthy 60 year old. I've significantly decreased the chronic stress load on my nervous system, but unfortunately not before it took a real and measurable toll. The good new is that there are ways to improve HRV, things I'm actively doing in my life today. The bottom line though is that we HAVE to, and I'm speaking as much to myself as I am to you right now, we have to take stress more seriously.
This is part 2 in my 4 part series on manging your stress bucket. We're diving into the Stress Bucket Audit, a tool to assess your stress levels. We'll explore the impact of chronic stress on your well-being, understand the role of HRV (heart rate variability) in stress management, and identify the factors that contribute to stress. You'll learn how to audit your stress bucket, both on a macro level (twice a year) and on a micro level (daily check-ins). By understanding your stress signatures and identifying your stressors, you can start to take control and manage your stress bucket effectively. Stay tuned for the next episode where we'll discuss practical strategies to minimize stressors, train your stress capacity, and increase your HRV. Remember, it's never too late to prioritize your stress management and optimize your well-being.
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✨ 3 Takeaways from this episode:
Awareness comes first. Often we want to skip right into the doing, into the fixing. This work is most effective when you take the time to get curious about what’s happening, spend a little time here, where you are first, without trying to fix it. It’s with that awareness that what comes next, the managing and editing, happens more effectively.
These first two steps of assess and audit can happen on a macro, micro, or even medium level. Macro: How full is my stress bucket overall right now? Micro: How full is my stress bucket right now? Medium: Before I say yes to one more thing, how does my, or the collective stress bucket of my family, feel?
Stress is a body based experience long before a consciously cognitive one. Take time to explore your unique indicators of stress in the 4 categories I mentioned.
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