Episode 124

STOPPAGE TIME

Stressed & Ticked

Show Notes

11/05/19 | 57 Minutes

This week’s guest: A throwback of sorts with the hosts – Ben brings Lib back to the studio to record a stoppage time all about Stress. Symptoms and solutions. Tick offs and ticks. We sit back, relax, and identify the one TICK we celebrate and amplify to get us through those situations in which our procrastinated efforts surface. What’s your 1 TICK that carries you through?

COMMON SYMPTOMS OF STRESS

Emotional Symptoms of stress include:

  • Becoming easily agitated, frustrated, and moody

  • Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control

  • Having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind

  • Feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless, and depressed

  • Avoiding others

Physical Symptoms of stress include:

  • Low energy

  • Headaches

  • Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea

  • Aches, pains, and tense muscles

  • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat

  • Insomnia

  • Frequent colds and infections

  • Loss of sexual desire and/or ability

  • Nervousness and shaking, ringing in the ear, cold or sweaty hands and feet

  • Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing

  • Clenched jaw and grinding teeth

Cognitive Symptoms of stress include:

  • Constant worrying

  • Racing thoughts

  • Forgetfulness and disorganization

  • Inability to focus

  • Poor judgment

  • Being pessimistic or seeing only the negative side

HOW STRESS SHOWS UP IN US

Lib: 

  • Significantly more negative - harder on himself and harsher with other people.

  • Gets Quiet - either an angry and stressed quiet where he shuts off, or a pensive quiet while he’s working through the feelings of stress.

  • Shoulders start to hurt - this is the first sign of stress for Lib

  • Lesser quality of sleep and he’s got an app to track that.

Ben:

  • Complaining and over sharing while at the same time feeling constricted mentally and physically

  • Feeling very heavy, mentally and physically weighted down

  • Low energy - physically and mentally. He reaches for the easiest thing and thinks too much about the action rather than performing the action.

WAYS TO RELIEVE STRESS

Ben:

  • Mental health: Go to a movie, anything where I can zero in and remove distractors, cleaning which is a mental and a physical reliever. 

  • Social health: surround myself with people, help me forget, help me realize “it’s not that big” and “I’m not that constricted” by this stress. Laughter

Lib: 

  • Physical health: Massage, basketball, snowboarding, cleaning

  • Mental health: Accomplish a simple task, build from there​

Common ways to relieve stress include:

  • Exercise, physical activity

  • Consider adding supplements to your diet

  • Light a candle

  • Reduce your caffeine intake

  • Write it down

  • Chew Gum

  • Spend time with friends and family

  • Laugh

  • Learn to say no

  • Learn to avoid procrastination

  • Take a yoga class

  • Practice mindfulness

  • Cuddle

  • Listen to soothing music

  • Deep breathing

  • Spend time with an animal

SO WHAT? HOW ARE YOU GOING TO STAY TICKED NEXT TIME YOU GET STRESSED?

  • You have to learn to take time and care for yourself. If you can’t take care of yourself, how are you going to take care of those around you? 

  • Ben: Practicing mindfulness. Ask yourself, out loud, what is it that I’m feeling? Why am I feeling like this? 

  • Lib: Learn from the stress. He references an article, An Astronaut’s Guide to Navigating Stress

    1. Understand what scares you

    2. Use your stress as a cue to prepare

    3. Practice acceptance

WHAT'S YOUR 1 TICK THAT GETS YOU THROUGH STRESS?

  • Lib: Lib: One simple task. The little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you’re not going to get the bigger things right. He mentions a commencement speech from a Navy Seal Admiral.

  • Ben: It’s all about those fountain drinks. Helps him wire in. 

What's your 1 TICK?

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