Happy Friday! For this week’s edition of Friday Focus I thought I’d ramble about what’s top of mind for me these days as well as common themes I’ve come across this week. So let’s get started:
I have to say… this experiment has been incredibly fun and insightful. I never thought I’d geek out on HRV (staring at graphs and numbers doesn’t excite me too much) but to be able to see, in real time, how you are doing each day against your baseline has been incredibly helpful in a couple of ways:
It was hot. Hotter than hot. As we stepped out of the airport I was suddenly aware that we were enveloped by a warm blanket of humidity. (If humidity took form I would have been able to slice through it with my arms.) Helloooooo Bali!
As we traveled to our temporary abode, what I immediately noticed about Bali was it’s serene presence and reverence for spirituality.
It was in the many quiet moments, whether by the beach, in the jungle, among the lily pads, or rice fields, where I was able to hear silence. You know, non-existent chatter.
Here are a few moments where I experienced serene moments of peace…
Have you ever gotten so stressed from life, whether from work, family, relationships, obligations, that you feel disconnected from yourself?
Lately, when it comes to transforming stress, I’m realizing how important it is to take a step back and stop feeding the stress…and ultimately the story. Furthermore, I’m realizing there is power in the NOW, the present moment, to stop feeding the vicious cycle of stress.
One practice that I thought was particularly helpful is called Quick Coherence, a technique from the HeartMath solution. It involves three simple steps which I explain below:
“I’ve developed more awareness of myself… I can hear the deeper part of me speaking what’s really true. I hear the truth if I listen closely.”
“That’s wonderful. Where do you feel it coming from?”
“Mostly here.” (Hands motioning pointed toward chest and stomach) “Yea… here.”
Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.
The theme for me this week has been consistency. In a major way.
Freedom can only come to the mind that assumes complete responsibility for the creation of its experience.
~The Way Of Mastery
In recent years I’ve heard of heart rate variability (HRV) time and time again. It was the newest thing to the quantified self but I had no interest… until now.
First, what is HRV? In short, HRV is an indicator of how well your body is managing stress. Over time, your personal HRV should be able to tell you whether or not you are ready for an intense workout, or if you should take it easy and go for a walk instead. If working out isn’t your thing, it can also indicate whether or not you have other stressors in your life, such as that big project you’re on at work, relationships, or simply taking on too much. Remember, your body doesn’t know the difference between mental/emotional/physical stress so it truly is about how well balanced you are with your life.
So why the sudden interest in HRV? Well, after experiencing adrenal fatigue, and knowing how I actually like the feeling after a hard training session, I thought it would be nice to find a way to measure A) how well my body was managing stress, and B) get a second opinion on how “ready” my body was to train for the day. While I’ve gotten a lot better with intuitively knowing when to rest and when to go hard, I also found that it’s pretty fun geeking out on this sort of thing too 🙂 Who knew?!
Before buying any gadgets I decided to first do my research. After scouring the internet and reading every article I could, I then read Mark Sisson’s Primal Endurance: Escape chronic cardio and carbohydrate dependency and become a fat burning beast!.
Here’s what I ended up purchasing as part of my arsenal. We’ll see how it goes in the next few months:
I remember a time, after I first saw the cortisol test results, of scouring the internets in search of some testimony to how someone out there cured their adrenal fatigue. Anything. A book, a pill, a guru, yes… I was desperate.
I wrote about how I felt despair and a whole host of other emotions in previous posts and how at the end of the day, it was the core beliefs and emotions that I needed to switch up in order to truly make recovery in leaps and bounds.
While I don’t discount the professionals I consulted and the plans I was on to help heal the adrenals, it all couldn’t have been possible without being at peace first.
All that said, I do remember how I felt hoping I could find some source of information that could accelerate my path to recovery, and thought I should share a bit more on the supplements side of things.