91- How to Reduce Stress and Create a Better Mindset Around Stress Levels with Karen Salinas

91- How to Reduce Stress and Create a Better Mindset Around Stress Levels with Karen Salinas

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

November 7, 2019

Over 75% of doctor visits are due to stress-related issues. Which is a huge indicator that our society is over-stressed, and people aren't taking measures to reduce their stress.

The top 6 causes of death are all influenced by stress levels, which means millions of people every single year weren't managing their stress.

The problem is, we are busy. Our lives are busy. Our kids' lives are busy. We take on more than we should chew, yet we do it anyways.

But at what point is stress too much to handle? 


Stress Can Be Good and Bad, So How Do You Balance It?

Not all stress is bad. In some cases, stress helps us to grow. For instance, doing cardio puts stress on the heart, but helps it to become stronger and more efficient at pumping blood.

But there is a fine line between helping us to grow, and breaking us down. Stress releases a hormone called cortisol which (explained quickly) breaks things down. It breaks glycogen into glucose, or reduces inflammation, or can even catabolize muscle fibers. So in excess, it can be detrimental to the body.

In this episode with Karen Salinas, we go over some strategies to reduce stress, or at least learn to manage it better.

What To Expect From This Episode

  • What are some common issues in life that can increase stress levels
  • How to determine where the fine line between a healthy amount of stress, and chronic stress
  • Ways to change mindset around stress and family support
  • Actionable steps to reduce stress levels


  • [2:30] Karen's big stress event occurred during her divorce
  • [3:45] At what point did Karen start to work on her stress
  • [5:00] Most of stress comes from our every day life situtations. How can we minimize the stress from daily life
  • [7:30] What are some symptoms that indicate your stress levels are starting to boil over
  • [8:30] If you have a known viral or immune system issue, then it will resurface during times of stress
  • [9:00] How should we shift our mindset around stress and not try to fix all the world's problems in one day
  • [11:30] What can people do to find the right balance between stress and overwhelm
  • [13:45] If we are trying to ride the line between peak performance, and boiling over, how do we manage stress enough that one day of being stuck in traffic doesn't ruin us
  • [17:15] Do we have "terrible days" or "terrible moments"
  • [19:30] Many women focus on their family first before taking care of their health. How can we switch the thought process to taking care of your health first so you can support your family
  • [23:15] Is the mentality of "putting everyone else first" a learned behavior from growing up
  • [25:00] Final thoughts on how to reduce stress and create a healthy mindset around stress

Resources From This Episode

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Transcript For Episode (Transcripts aren't even close to 100% Accurate)

Learn More About Karen Salinas

Karen Salinas teaches how to change your mindset around stress and to take care of your stress levels first.

Karen Salinas teaches how to change your mindset around stress and to take care of your stress levels first.

About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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