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  • Any other Type As have problems de-stressing?

    I've been reading a lot about how reducing stress can help with health, weight loss, etc.

    I'm always stressed. (According to Hubby, it's "self-imposed" stress.) My mind is constantly occupied with a list of what I need to do, or what I *should* be doing. I take on big projects to keep me busy. I do activities that I don't enjoy because I *should* do them (i.e. gardening). I have personal stressors that I can't let go, even though I know I should (toxic friends, too many commitments, etc.)

    I am not the type to do yoga, meditate, etc. Trying to be still only makes me want to jump up and get something done. lol

    Anyone have some stress reducing suggestions that works for the type of personality like mine?
    Female, 40 yrs old, 5', 120 lbs (post-pregnancy)
    Went Primal January 2, 2012!

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    I'm a chronically stressed Type A also, and it leads to insomnia, and tight, tensed muscles, teeth clenching. Unfortunately I self-medicated with lots and lots of alcohol. I just bought a supplement with melatonin and GABA, so maybe that will help.

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    • #3
      hmm.. do not think I am a type A.. I am an expert multi-tasker though. It is rare I am doing one thing at a time, which causes stress but I CAN'T LET GO!! For instance, I will fold laundry +swap out loads, watch a video with the kid, answer her questions and engage in conversation, while researching something online and texting. It's insane.. but.. but.. but.. it's the way I roll
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      • #4
        I'm a go-go-go person too, but I've had a lot of success with guided mediation. I picked something short (10 minutes), since I told myself I could spare 10. It's harder sometimes to justify longer chunks of time, but 10 minutes isn't going to make much difference with the never-ending list of chores.

        I also picked guided/visualization meditations because it gives me something to do. It's hard to sit still and think of nothing. It's much easier to lie on the floor comfortably and visualize what you're instructed to. It can take a bit of time getting used to, but I found it very helpful. I like to do it before bed when I'm winding down, since it has the added bonus of helping me fall asleep faster.
        Last edited by lexie; 01-17-2012, 11:19 AM. Reason: typo

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        • #5
          Once I studied Toaism I stopped caring
          Starting Date: Dec 18, 2010
          Starting Weight: 294 pounds
          Current Weight: 235 pounds
          Goal Weight: 195 pounds

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          • #6
            Total Type A with a ton of work stress. I've got the Emwave2 from heartmath that helps me to decompress. It uses biofeedback for heart rate variability.

            Also St. Johns Wort helps me as does exercising and walking.
            Self-realization. I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"

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            • #7
              Add me to that list. Combine it with an addiction to my laptop and cell phone and well... that's a dandy mess.

              I know that I need to be getting more play & sleep, and that it's hurting me to neglect these things. Making myself do it, on the other hand, is another store. I'd rather be DOING something, and leisure always seems like wasting time. :-/

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              • #8
                Types, lol.

                Smoke drugs

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by dado View Post
                  Smoke drugs
                  Oh, I wish. But those days are behind me now that I have kids.

                  I was self-medicating with alcohol, for sure. Easily drinking 3-5 drinks per night, every night, for months before I went primal. I have more energy now, but I also don't relax as much.
                  Female, 40 yrs old, 5', 120 lbs (post-pregnancy)
                  Went Primal January 2, 2012!

                  Paleo Cooking for Cavekids cookbook

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                  • #10
                    I try to tire myself out with heavy weight lifting and long walks.

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                    • #11
                      Me me me me. I do feel like Im calmer, happier, and more relaxed after exercising, even if its just a walk out in the fresh air. I do yoga, but its more for the physical rehabilitation aspect of it than any meditation aspect. I find though that the only time my mind can just shut off of everything I have to do, want to do, worry about, am angry about, etc, is when it is 100% engaged in something, whether its tv or--even better--a book. I usually start feeling guilty that im just sitting around rather than being up and doing something, taking care of things, advancing things, gogogogo, but then I just tell myself that the world isnt going to end if i spend an afternoon reading a book or an evening watching things on my computer, and let myself get sucked back in.
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                      • #12
                        Something that helps is to stop defining yourself according to some arbitrary "type."
                        You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Grumpy Caveman View Post
                          Something that helps is to stop defining yourself according to some arbitrary "type."
                          But if I'm a type a that means I'm awesomer than other types
                          Starting Date: Dec 18, 2010
                          Starting Weight: 294 pounds
                          Current Weight: 235 pounds
                          Goal Weight: 195 pounds

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by banananutmuffin View Post
                            Oh, I wish. But those days are behind me now that I have kids.

                            I was self-medicating with alcohol, for sure. Easily drinking 3-5 drinks per night, every night, for months before I went primal. I have more energy now, but I also don't relax as much.
                            How 'bout some really good red wine? I'll do one large glass before / with dinner and I'm good. Also, I'm a big fan of Natural Calm.

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                            • #15
                              Dead on McChunky I do some red wine and have also dabbled in the NC mag!
                              Self-realization. I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"

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