In a recent interview on No Filter with Mia Freedman, author Emily Nagoski discussed seven evidence-based practices that can help our bodies complete stress cycles. While some of these practices may come as no surprise, such as exercise, spending time with friends, deep breathing, and physical affection, others may catch you off guard — laughter, crying, and creative expression.
Nagoski emphasizes the importance of being aware and accountable when dealing with stress. Many of us may turn to activities like drinking wine, getting a massage, or binge-watching Netflix, but being mindful of our choices and their effects on our bodies is crucial. Nagoski, being a “spreadsheet girl,” created a system to help her stay accountable and recognize patterns. This level of self-awareness allowed her to manage stress more effectively.
One tool that Nagoski implemented was tracking her “lobster score,” along with other metrics like exercise, sleep, and caffeine intake. By consistently monitoring these factors, she was able to confront unhealthy patterns that she had previously been in denial about. For example, she discovered a pattern of working late, drinking more, missing sleep, canceling spin classes, consuming even more coffee, and becoming anxious. Recognizing these patterns is the first step in making work and life more sustainable.
Nagoski shares a template for tracking your own “lobster score” in the article, encouraging others to give it a try as well. By taking control of our stress cycles and being accountable, we can better understand our bodies and manage stress more effectively.
Overall, Nagoski’s insights remind us of the importance of self-care and recognizing the ways in which we can complete stress cycles. By incorporating these evidence-based practices into our lives, we can create a healthier and more sustainable approach to managing stress.
– No Filter with Mia Freedman interview with Emily Nagoski.