Chilling Out

George F. Burns was an American comedian who lived from 1896 - 1996, I think his research project - LIFE - was substantial, so I believe him when he says “If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.” Do you have some tried and true tricks you use to chill out? I have some that I include in my weekly routine to maintain calm. Unfortunately, this doesn't translate into me being the embodiment of tranquililty, but these methods help me to return to calm quickly. Before I get out of bed I try to remember to set an intention for the day. Most days I exercise, this

Happy Place

Where is your happy place? I was recently showing a friend a slideshow of images of nature for her feedback. These images were of boats in mostly Asian settings, she did not find them soothing and talked instead about a particular creek she used to visit as a child. Visiting this creek with her children or remembering this place brings her a feeling of calm - it is her happy place. Working on this idea of using images to help settle the mind, as a substitute to the not always practical solution of actually spending time in nature, has made me re-appreciate the diverse aesthetic tastes of people. Of course I have a menu of options as a solution to this, which can be added to over time. But I

Lonely

There have been a few times in my life when I have felt acutely lonely. The first was in year 11 at boarding school. A new girl had started and because she was allocated a bed in my cubicle I befriended her. We quickly became firm friends, spending all our time together and laughing a lot. Some time during that year it was discovered that her older brother had been to the school a few years before and had been part of the popular group. Mysteriously this made her part of this group and while my new friend was consumed by it, I was left on the outer. This exclusion zone was so pervasive that no one in the boarding house spoke to me for the rest of the year. Fortunately, I was enrolled in com

Resolution

If you're anxious about the New Year it might comfort you to know you are not alone. In the US, according to Business Insider, it is calculated that they are 40 million people suffering from anxiety. The Uk is also concerned with mentalhealth.org, quoting 1 in 6 as having an anxiety disorder . In Australia, sane.org says the number with anxiety is 14%! SO, what's with all this anxiety? I think part of the reason is that technology has removed many of us far from our biological settings. The invention of artificial light means we know longer set our body clocks to the rising and setting of the sun each day. This has messed with our circadian rhythms, leading to less restful sleep. Sleep lowe

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