Stress gets a bad name. There is such a thing as motivational stress. It gets us out of bed, helps us reach goals and deadlines, keeps us ticking over. It's when things start to feel overwhelming, and they affect your sleep and concentration that it needs to be addressed. How did we get so busy at being busy?
I'm paraphrasing an Eagles of Death Metal song here, but the point is: how do we as people deal with, and react to bad news? Also, how much of our friends advice do we take on board when it comes to discussing the event, and how to deal with it. And of course, the news may be devastating, but are you secretly relieved that you dodged a bullet?
Recently, on holiday, I read a book by Ruby Wax called How to be Human - A Manual, and quite literally, I did my own head in. When did we have to start thinking so much about thinking? I had a brilliant conversation with a friend Michael about it, after asking him what 'mindfulness' meant to him and what was his understanding of it. He had a really great point when he said that nobody ever does just one thing at time anymore. We don't just sit on the train, we sit on the train looking at our phones. We don't just walk anywhere, we walk plugged into a podcast or music, totally unaware of what is going on around us. Worse still, we go our dinner, and what happens when our companion goes to the bathroom? We check our phone! I'm always interested in the toll that all these screen have on not just our mind, but our body too. Ever get the feeling that you can't switch off and relax? There's a reason for that. Here is a rough transcribe of my time with Michael. As usual, thoughts and comments are always welcome. Elizabeth
What do you do in your downtime? How do you get through the Christmas and New Year holidays without feeling rubbish on the other side of it? My 'thing' is that I sleep too late! What is it about this time of the year that some of us shut down? I've put some ideas together and how I plan to tackle this.