WELCOME TO THE DOWNSTATE
YOUR DAY IS FILLED WITH
BATTERY-DRAINING UPSTATE ACTIVITY.
DOWNSTATES ARE WHEN YOU CAN CHARGE BACK UP
GROWTH IS NEVER
A STRAIGHT LINE
Whether you’re seeking intellectual, emotional, physical, or spiritual growth, this zig-zag line illustrates that living and learning is a bumpy path requiring bursts of effort that run down your resources and exhaust you.
LIFE FOLLOWS A RHYTHM OF UPSTATES AND DOWNSTATES.
Downstates rejuvenate your body and mind at a cellular level, giving your heart, brain, and metabolism a rest; repairing over-trained or inflamed tissue; and processing your memories, emotions, and creative decisions.
Upstates require energy, focus, action, and mobilization of mental and physical resources. They are when most stress happens, and when you naturally have the energy, cognitive sharpness, and emotional composure to be resilient to stress.
YOUR PATHWAY TO GROWTH
Challenges, like a hard workout or an emotional experience, trigger a stress response and run down your resources (depleted figure).
During RECOVERY, engaging in Downstate activities replenishes your resources back to baseline (neutral figure).
Extending Downstate activities provides an extra boost all the way to PLUS, preparing your body and mind to reach for a new level of fitness, smartness, calmness (exuberant figure).