Here’s what to know…
I was thinking about this last night – some of these Active stress discharging and stress resilience techniques I’ve been talking about can be a pain in the butt.
I mean, it’s not always convenient to do a Burst Workout, or you might not need something so intense, you just want a nice regular maintenance program to take the edge off your day.
I call these “Passive” methods of discharging immune-compromising stress.
A daily or weekly Passive stress recovery program will upregulate your immune system over time so you don’t get bird flu or corona virus or whatever else the media is hyping up right now.
So what’s a passive stress release that most people know?
Winding down with your drink of choice.
A LOT of people turn to alcohol to take the edge off their day…why?
Because it works!
Seriously – I talked to a PhD alcohol researcher hired by the US Navy to study it’s drinking problem.
He told me that so many people drink to relieve stress because:
People in Alpha are relaxed, meditative, mindful and open-minded. Alpha also gives you a sense of peace and well-being.
The issue with using alcohol to discharge stress is that you can become dependent using this strategy and require larger doses over time. And even small amounts are disruptive to all-important deep sleep.
Alcohol is also highly Estrogenic, and can cause harmful Estrogen Dominance traits, especially in men. Think of the classic “beer gut” – that’s an estrogenic fat deposit.
So what are some “Passive” methods of discharging stress that don’t involve alcohol?
Well there’s two that I use that pop me right into the Alpha Brainwave state with no effort (or booze!) on my end.
The other neat thing about these methods is that you can do them while you’re already doing something else, like watching TV, working on your computer, or reading a book – so they’re pretty easy to fit into your day.
More on these tomorrow.
P.S.-One drink works on your GABA pathway for relaxation quite nicely - past that you start to lose the benefit. Once in awhile, I think a non-toxic drink can be fine. Just don’t rely on it as a long-term strategy.