Happy Friday everyone. Here’s something to reflect on over the weekend perhaps…
Today’s read is about 4-6 minutes. Post read pondering not included. See beyond its clickbaity title and shallow advice. The underlying premise is very valid, and useful to think about.
On the suggestion to stay calm, I would like to add further detail. (I always dislike the “stay calm” advice – it’s correct, but we all know that already. HOW do we stay calm?? That’s what is often missing).
The Neuroscientist Andrew Huberman give two good, practical suggestions. First, as the author says, breathe. More specifically, take in a long breath through your nose, then take a second top-up breath. Now the trick – release that air slowly, preferably through your nose but mouth also works, but must be slower than you inhaled. This changes the balance of CO2 in your bloodstream and activates the phrenic nerve – telling your brain to relax.
Secondly, one effect of stress is to narrow our field of vision. Ancient humans used their peripheral vision most of the time and usually only focussed on a fixed point when it was a danger, like a predator. Our brain still associates focussing on a point with stress. (Like we do a lot of the day now… screens anyone?) You can dissipate this natural feeling by actively changing your vision – use your peripherals! Try it now. Where you are, pay attention to the entire room. See the ceiling or sky, the walls around you, see yourself, or as much of you as you can, all at once. Now, how do you feel? Hopefully a little calmer. A great natural and practical technique.
Last week’s riddle question and answer; I can be made. I can be cracked. I can be told. I can be played. – A Joke!
This week’s riddle is; Hannah, Otto, Todd and Eve were walking down the street. Otto told Todd he couldn’t join them at their club as he didn’t belong. What made Todd different?
Time for a moment to reflect, I think.