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Reframing the Stress Response: Finding Equanimity in Challenging Times

Stress is a well-known factor that can negatively impact the body, particularly in relation to insulin, metabolic function, aging, and sex hormones. Prolonged and relentless stress has been shown to accelerate aging and increase the risk of mortality.

But did you know that the way we perceive stress directly shapes its effects on our health? Imagine having the power to not only control stress but also harness its benefits. By shifting our mindset, we can rewire our body’s response to stress, emerging stronger and more resilient than ever before. It’s all about shifting our perspective and understanding that stress can be a positive force in our lives.

In this episode, we dive into the fascinating topic of stress resilience and how it can be our evolutionary advantage. Join me as we explore the importance of protecting our sleep and following our circadian rhythm, as well as the power of building strong connections with our community, friends, relatives, and even our furry friends!

Discover how rewiring our body’s response to stress can make us more resilient and lead to a healthful life. I also discuss the concept of future self-thinking and how visualizing and connecting with our future selves can foster better decision-making, motivation, and personal growth. 

Don’t miss out on this insightful episode that will leave you with practical strategies to enhance your stress resilience and live a more fulfilling life. So, grab your favorite beverage, find a cozy spot, and tune in. I promise you won’t be disappointed!


Key Takeaways:

[00:00:09] The stress response and reframe.

[00:06:25] The stress response as an evolutionary advantage.

[00:08:02] Enhanced memory consolidation.

[00:11:41] Prolonged stress response and health.

[00:16:56] Perception of stress matters.

[00:19:07] Perception and stress-related deaths.

[00:23:28] High Intensity Interval Training and Depression Symptoms.

[00:27:53] Cold therapy and stress response.

[00:31:15] Heat therapy and anti-aging.

[00:35:31] Protecting our little gut bugs.

[00:40:41] The benefits of owning a dog.

[00:43:11] Loneliness and social connections.

[00:48:55] Learned helplessness.

[00:51:41] Existence in the gap.

[00:55:14] Future self-thinking.

[00:59:22] Reframing memories for meaningful experiences.


Memorable Quotes

“Our human stress response is a physiological response to perceived threats or stressors. And it has evolved, I say, as an evolutionary advantage because it helped us react quickly and effectively to dangerous situations, increasing our chance of survival.” – Betty Murray

“That means we have people basically dying that it’s based on their perception. So if we can change how we think about stress, it actually makes us healthier.” – Betty Murray



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