“I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better, and questioning yourself.” – Elon Musk
The sun is starting to peer through the blinds. You roll over and wait for the snooze button olympics. Then you jump into the shower and jam on the interstate to get to work on time. How often does this sound your like your routine?
Take a step back, take a moment to find something you love. Push yourself. Educate, read and find ways to better yourself.
When I started this journey now almost two years ago, a glaring health risk presented itself. It was one thing to loose weight and get myself physically in a better place, it was quite the other trying to understand why I was still so anxious. After meeting with a few friends who are experts in the space of stress management, it was clear to me what the next stage of my life was to become.
Immersing myself into understanding the science behind stress consumed me. Now let me be clear about a few things.
I am by no means a Yogi now
I still get stressed and freak out
My wife thinks I am insane
But what I am – is educated on understanding why my body and mind does what it does and how I can control aspects of it without medication or having a damn heart attack.
If you have followed The Healthy Primate and the journey of the site, you will see three distinct commonalities. I focus on Mind, Body & Soul. This has been done on purpose as you see that was the order I focused on and cataloged in my personal journey to becoming a better person.
Mind: Understand the ways to reduce stress, increase cognitive thought and being fully aware of your potential.
Body: If you are overweight and missing physical activity, your mind and systems will respond accordingly. From food, exercise to thoughts and process to make your physical self the best it can be. This will allow the Mind to reach heights un measured before.
Soul: The center of it all is finding that balance, happiness and reaching your full potential. When the mind is right, you can focus on the body. When the mind & body are right – your inner balance comes into play.
Bonus: When we are in balance we will have thoughts to reach the things we truly want to do in life. Start that business you been pondering, quit the shit job you have been shlepping to for years, build a healthier relationship with those in your life from friends to family.
The mind is such a complicated technology that we often take for granted. At the core of it all has been my studies on Cortisol as a stressor. The following video is a great explanation of what is happening in your mind when fall under stress for small and long periods of time.
The presentation mentions exercise & meditation as the route to reduce and control cortisol.
Check out the review we did on the app Headspace for meditation and how 10 minutes a day changes things.
As I journaled 16 months of blood work centered on Cortisol management I recommend a few additional tools that will help tremendously. I cover this in detail in my up coming book that will be released in January 2016.
Why Your Life is Killing You – My Journey to Reducing Stress and Living to Tell About It.
Here are the top three natural supplements that you can take that will reduce your cortisol dramatically. You can get these at your local natural healthy food shop IE Sprouts or online.
Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha, an exotic Indian herb, has remarkable stress-relieving properties comparable to those of powerful drugs used to treat depression and anxiety. In addition to its excellent protective effects on the nervous system, ashwagandha may be a promising alternative treatment for a variety of degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Ashwagandha has powerful antioxidant properties that seek and destroy the free radicals that have been implicated in aging and numerous disease states. Even more remarkable, emerging evidence suggests that ashwagandha has anti-cancer benefits as well. (Source)
Rhodiola-rosea: Rhodiola significantly reduces the effects of prolonged and minor physical exhaustion that results in fatigue. This is more related to stress and the ‘burnout’ effect, or prolonged but low intensity physical exercise. (Source)
Kava Kava: Kava has a calming effect, producing brain wave changes similar to changes that occur with calming medicines such as diazepam (Valium, for example). Kava also can prevent convulsions and relax muscles. Although kava is not addictive, its effect may decrease with use. Traditionally prepared as a tea, kava root is also available as a dietary supplement in powder and tincture (extract in alcohol) forms. ( Source )
*As always consult with your Dr. when taking supplements.
In combination of education, understanding and taking action you really can change the outputs and way your mind and body deal and process stress. Thank you as always for reading!
“There is no better time in history to start a business.”
This week we feature our interview with Mr. Nathan Chan. CEO, Editor and Founder of Foundr Magazine. Foundr Magazine is a top resource for entrepreneurs globally. They have featured names such as Sir Richard Branson, Seth Godin, Arianna Huffington & Tim Ferriss, to name a few.
In our discussion we cover:
Breaking the Mold
The Importance of Learning to Do More
Building a Community – The 1 Million People Goal
Founding Foundr – The Outline and Toolset for Entrepreneurs
Branding as a Difference Maker
From Idea to Revenue
How Nathan has got to Sir Richard Branson, Seth Godin, Arianna Huffington & Tim Ferriss
This week we feature our interview with Chelsea Fine. Best selling author, speaker, entrepreneur, wife & mother. We discuss her journey from corporate america to author. From penning an idea, moving past creative block to understanding the business aspects to getting her books in front of readers around the globe.
We conduct our interview in a local library amongst the books, manuscripts and magazines
In our discussion we cover:
– The First 60 Minute Routine
– The creative process: forced vs the creative process
– The journey from Corporate America to Passion
– Putting energy into a passion to build a business she loved & Walking Away
– Writing and the land of forgotten manuscripts – The Barnes and Noble effect
– Sophie and Carter: Driving Urgency,This Moment Matters
– To Publish or not to Publish – The Business
– Traditional Publishing vs Self Publishing – How do you choose the correct route to get to your readers?
– How do you separate your work in a crowded market place?
– 1 Million Books
– Thing things to know if you want to be an author
“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” -Francis Chan
Are you spending time on the things that truly matter? By asking that each of us quantifies that “matter” a bit different. What matters to you may not come close to what matters to your social circle or work associates. When you look at the long term aspects of what you are doing in life, will they matter? Have a great week.
Erin began her rowing career as a novice at the University of California, Berkeley in 2001. She went on to make the varsity team in her freshman year, and to win the Women’s NCAA Rowing Championships in both 2005 and 2006. In the summer of 2005 Erin also competed for US Rowing U23 Team in the Women’s 4- at the Amsterdam, Netherlands FISA U23 World Championships, where the team won gold.
Starting in the summer of 2006 Erin began training full-time with the US Rowing National Team. She won a bronze Medal at Eton, England in the FISA World Rowing Championships in 2006 and one gold Medal in Munich, Germany at the FISA World Rowing Championships in 2007, both in the Women’s 4- event.
Erin competed for the United States in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, and 2012 Olympic Games in London, England where she and her teammates brought home the gold medals in the Women’s 8+ event. Beijing was the first time the United States Olympic Team has won the Gold in the Women’s 8+ event in the full 2000m race.
In 2009 Erin won Gold Medals both in the Women’s 2- and 8+ events at the 2009 World Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland. This was the first time in US Rowing history that the W2- pair has won the Gold Medal in an international championship, much less two gold medals in two very challenging Olympic events in the same year at the same regatta. Erin and her pair partner, Susan Francia were awarded 2009 FISA World Crew of the Year for their performances at the World
Rowing Championships, as well as being named USA Today’s Athletes of the Month. Erin was also awarded the Female
Athlete of the Year award for 2009 by her teammates and coaches on the US Rowing National Team.
During her training in the 2008 Olympic year, Erin discovered CrossFit, and has incorporated the training ideologies, concepts and workouts into her full-time, year round rowing program. Erin has recently received her Cross Fit Level I Training Certification. She feels that everyone can make a huge difference in their conditioning by using this philosophy and techniques. S
Where is it that we find the most growth? It is not from doing what we always do or staying in our comfort zones. It almost always happens at the point of a personal challenge. As most of you know I am 13 weeks into recovery from a major shoulder surgery. In this we found numerous complications so my physical activity for the past 3 months has been almost non existent. I share this for one reason only – FEAR!
I have the opportunity to attend an exclusive breathing clinic being held by one of my favorite practitioners, Coach Brian Mackenzie. To top it off he is having Mr. Wim Hof as the special guest for the all day session. If you do not know Wim, please watch the quick video below. He is the global leader in breathing technics to improve athletics, stress reduction and healing.
I don’t mean some late night infomercial scam, I mean the guy has worked with the scientific leaders from around the world to validate, measure and document his approach.
Did I mention that I am scared? Afraid – like my stomach is nervous as hell to attend and participate. Needless to say, this journey is for me and the things I will learn will be un measurable in value. As much as this post is about the importance of breathing, it is more so on overcoming your fear to find growth. Today – challenge yourself to do something uncomfortable.
More to come when I return from the experience.
Kolby I The Healthy Primate
The ability to breathe is something that most people take for granted until they are in a situation when breathing becomes difficult. Whether its induced by stress or health issues, restricted by water or metabolic capacity, all of us have been to that place where we realize we are limited by our ability to breathe. What if you could learn how to be a better breather and open up more athletic, health and all around wellness as a result?
This camp is for anyone that wants to learn more about breathing, open up more athletic potential towards breathing, learn how to deal with stress, increase recoverability, and have a better overall awareness of you’re ability.
We all have choices when opportunities arise. In a 48 hour notice I was asked to travel to Denver to meet with a very important set of prospects and existing clients. I jumped at the opportunity. This is a typical day in the week when you are looking for ways to grow and support your business.
Love what you do and you won’t have to work nearly as hard to find happiness. To see more on the Healthy Primate movement, I personally invite you to scroll through our site. From interviews, blog posts to featured articles – you can find a piece of knowledge to support where you are today, and where you want to be tomorrow.
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” –Jim Rohn
I am sitting in the Starbucks in between meetings in Salt Lake City, and have this weird feeling. That feeling that I am missing something, urgency, anxiety…..etc. That same feeling that I get knowing that my ideas, projects and open business opportunities that need to be completed, or someone else will beat me to the punch. That is one of that is common across the line though, no one built this life for me. These are choices I make to build a life that I can be happy of and proud to share with the ones I love.
As you read this, remember – build a plan, as no one is waiting to do it for you.