Sunday Wisdom No. 45
If it were so easy to chill, there wouldn’t be so much content on stress management. Stress is a physiological phenomenon. We have to understand the science behind it to efficiently manage it.
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📝 What I Wrote
The Stress Response Cycle: The Surprising Science Behind Feeling Better
These are stressful times, and the internet is littered with infinite content on how to manage stress. Most of the time, nobody knows what they are talking about. The basic premise is always this: learn to chill. But if it were so easy to chill and relax, stress wouldn’t be such a big problem, and there wouldn’t be so many motivational videos and blog posts in the first place. Stress is a physiological phenomenon, and unless we understand the science behind it, we cannot possibly know how to manage it.
In this article I talk about acute and chronic stressors, the stress cycle, the importance of completing it, and the surprising benefits of hobbies, bad jokes, goofy dancing, doing your hair and nails, hot showers, and warm hugs.
Once you are done reading, I would love to hear what you think about it. If you agree and want to add to it, I’m all ears. If you disagree, I look forward to hear your point of view. We can have collective growth only through a collective exchange of dialogues and ideas. Therefore, do share your thoughts in the comments.
💡 Little Bit of Wisdom
When you compare yourself to others, you are often comparing their best features against your average ones. You naturally want to be better than them, but the unconscious realisation that you are not becomes self-destructive. Comparisons between people are a recipe for unhappiness unless you are the best in the world. Which, let’s be honest, only one person is.
You can be anything but you cannot be everything. Therefore what really matters is what you think about what you do, what your standards are, what you can learn today. The only game you can really win is becoming a better version of yourself. This way your effort and energy go towards upgrading yourself, and not worrying about what others are doing. You become happier, free from the shackles of false comparisons, and focused on the present moment.
The most important things in life are measured internally. Thinking about what matters to you is hard. Playing to someone else’s standard is easy. That’s why a lot of people do it. But winning the wrong game is pointless. You get one life. Play your own game.
Comparing yourself to others allows them to drive your behaviour. Stop doing that.
📑 I Enjoyed Reading
If Everyone Else is Such an Idiot, How Come You’re Not Rich? — “If you see a person—or a company—doing something that seems completely and inexplicably boneheaded, then it’s unwise to assume that the reason must be that everyone but you is a complete idiot who is blind to fairly trivial insights.”
The Art Of Learning For Software Developers — “Transfer is applying the knowledge from the learning context to another context. For example, it could be applying the programming knowledge your learned at school to the side project you always dreamt to build. Transfer is not a necessity for learning. After all, you can understand and remember something without ever using what you learned.”
Why Don’t You Design A School? — “Back in 2011, I was invited to give a TEDx talk in London themed around school design. I invited the audience to consider school design through the lens of different innovators from Steve Jobs to Frederick Taylor by asking the question, ‘if they designed a classroom would it be a room?’”
📹 I Enjoyed Watching
Failure Doesn’t Exist — “Failure is a figment if our imagination. It doesn’t exist. Failure is not real. Kobe Bryant explains how he doesn’t love to win or hate to lose, he strives to get better.”
Education And The Fourth Industrial Revolution — “In this talk, Graham Brown-Martin considers the opportunities, exciting possibilities and significant challenges of the fourth industrial revolution and how schools can respond. He focuses on the areas that are key to future job creation: the ones that machines can’t do.”
How Marvelman Changed Superheroes — Alan Moore (re)introduced Marvelman in a comics anthology called Warrior. What resulted changed superhero comics and superheroes forever.
🤔 Worth Thinking About
“We believe in a particular order not because it is objectively true, but because believing in it enables us to cooperate effectively and forge a better society. Hammurabi might have defended his principle of hierarchy using the same logic: ‘I know that superiors, commoners and slaves are not inherently different kinds of people. But if we believe that they are, it will enable us to create a stable and prosperous society.’”
— Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens
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