Looking for correlations with factors that effect the intensity of the upset reactions over the course of a day I compared the average intensity of different stress states for the day with the following factors:
- Sleep the night prior
- Water intake on the day
- Coffee intake on the day
- Number of minutes of Paced Breathing work
- Minutes very active (walking/cardio)
- How hydrated I was on average over the course of the day
Across these factors I looked at the average daily intensity for:
- All upsets
- Direct upsets where the trigger was in the immediate environment when logged
- Self Induced upsets where the cause was not in the immediate environment
- Self Induced upsets when Standing
- Self Induced upsets when Sitting
The was only one strong negative correlation (r=-.43) and that was Water consumption and Self Induced upsets. Coffee intake had a moderate negative correlation (r=-34) on Self Induced and minutes very active had a moderate negative correlation to Self Induced while Sitting (r=-.33). My actual state of hydration had no correlation to upset intensity.
Of interest was that none of these factors had any significant correlation to the intensity of Direct upsets. Water had a weak correlation (r=-.24) to Direct and every other factor was not correlated at all. Direct upsets seem to have an intensity that is related to the environmental factors.
So adding to our other insights we see that controllable factor of water & coffee consumption can help with the category that has the highest intensity & number combination, Self Induced upsets. So it seems that drinking some water and taking a walk might be efficient ways to reduce thinking about future disaster scenrios. But of course, that remains to be tested.