Been doing EmperorQ, StarkQ, and Commander for the past two weeks. Doing Emperor and Stark around 3-5 loops each, and Commander maybe 1-2 loops. Every other night I would have them on, not for the entire night but enough for another 2-3 loops each.
In the beginning I noticed the confidence, the energy, the lift in mood. Had my hard days as well, about 4 or 5 days in. I felt a little drained, tired, down… Also felt like I would easily snap. I had a VERY short fuse. I dropped exposure significantly to 1-2 loops per day and that went away. Never took a rest day, though.
These days I feel much more stable. The only thing that I keep noticing in terms of “side effects” is the need for sleep. I’ve always been a morning person, jumping out of bed by 6.30 or 7 at the latest, no matter how late I go to sleep, also on the weekends. However these days I’ve been feeling the need to stay in bed until 8 or 9, and I would take a nap in the afternoon if I can. This doesn’t bother me much, I think is healthy to sleep more, but I do miss the extra time waking up early was giving me.
Also, I’m getting the feeling that Emperor and Stark don’t mix well. I tested this by doing them in different days and I could definitely notice how I was being pulled in two different directions. Emperor is providing the drive to get shit done, whereas with Stark I feel the urge to connect with people, to engage, while also giving me a mindset of “fuck it”, “whatever happens, happens”.
Because of this, I’m thinking for now I should prioritize Emperor. As much as I enjoy Stark, I think it might be offsetting some of Emperor’s benefits, which are more closely aligned to what I need right now.
I probably won’t stop Stark completely, but instead drop it to 1 loop per day (probably the T version). I really enjoy how it makes me more social, and this is definitely important to me as well.