Internet highlights – w/c 5th July 2020

11 07 2020

A few life hacks.

John Krasinki’s hair/wig in the office.

Time signature quiz. (I got 7/11!)

Cello bench (or guitar bench).

Weird things we learnt at Junior School.

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Wise words from @the.foreword

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It’s fine. Everything’s fine.

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Oh my heart… ♥️ 😭 ♥️ via /u/bella3774

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As the threat of Covid-19 (hopefully) continues to pass and the risk lowers in the UK, it can seem like you should feel ecstatic and full of energy and joy for what is to come as the country opens up again. But that just might not be the case. In the last couple of weeks I have seen many exhausted and emotional people, who have told me they don’t understand why they are feeling this way now that the biggest threat seems to have passed . It can be confusing why we feel so dam exhausted and deflated when we think we should be feeling good. There might be several reason for this, including ongoing real risk and anxiety about change and going back to normal. But one possibility about why you might feeling this way is the post high- stress slump. When our brains anticipate threat they get ready for this by getting our body ready for action….. and this needs lots to energy. Our brain goes “whoa, threat incoming” and sets off a series of chemical reactions, including adrenaline release to prepare us for the threat. If the threat doesn’t pass immediately, our body needs to keep it’s foot on the gas pedal so we can remain on high Alert to be able to keep dealing with the ongoing threat. This requires another set of chemical reactions, including cortisol release, to keep us alert and revved up and ready for action long term. And this uses lots of energy, and has various impacts on our body systems, although we may not notice this when we are in survival mode. When the threat passes, the body threat response Dampens down…. we relax a bit out of high alert mode and that’s when we realise that our energy is depleted and we are exhausted. Tie this in with the bit of extra brain space that is freed up once we are out of high threat mode, and we can start to reflect on what the hell just happened and start to process this emotionally…. leading to states of high, or low, emotion and exhaustion. So instead of telling yourself I shouldn’t be feeling this way, recognise that it may be the result of Your body having to deal with high stress for a long period, and all the energy use and impact on your body that entails, which you need to process and recover from.

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Spoken like a wanker.

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This Greyhound is 64!! Hanx.

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