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Peace and quiet is all about the noise in your head | Hacker News
In a remote and quiet place, Vikman says, she discovers thoughts and feelings that aren’t audible in her busy daily life. “If you want to know yourself you have to be with yourself, and discuss with yourself, be able to talk with yourself.”

I was a homemaker for years. A lot of housework is fairly mindless, allowing for uninterrupted deep thought because most folks will not bother you while you are doing laundry. They don't want to be asked to help.

I have spent years cultivating a relatively quiet life by American standards. Since my ex moved out, I mostly have not had a TV. I gave up my car years ago, giving up its built in radio along with it. In my household, it is a common courtesy to announce "I am starting up a video (or game) with voices." so as to not startle anyone.

People complain a lot about the stress of our 24/7 always on lives in the US. They often lay the blame on computers, smart phones, email notifications and social media. I have a smart phone and computers. I don't feel harried and interrupted and like I can't get a break.

My life was quiet before sleeping in a tent for nearly 6 years, but doing that deepened the quiet. I am prone to ear infections. I can't wear headphones because of it. My days were spent in a library. My nights were spent trying to be quiet enough to go unnoticed and not have the cops called on me. Games were often played with the sound off.

Peace and quiet is necessary to be able to hear yourself think. I think the degree to which constant noise interferes with deep contemplation and self reflection goes largely unrecognized.

A lot of people could probably skip therapy entirely if they could just arrange to hear themselves think. But I think many people are intentionally avoiding that because the constant flak of noise obscuring their thoughts and feelings is critical to their ability to stay in a relationship that doesn't work or at a job they actually hate.

Hearing their own opinions about their own lives would likely compel many of them to make hard decisions and big changes and they would rather not know. That's scary. It's overwhelming. The noise that enables remaining stuck is like an anaesthetic.
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5 days ago by MarcK
To Handle Increased Stress, Build Your Resilience
To begin to shift the way you deal with stress and cultivate resilience, there are a handful of things you can do right now.
stress  anxiety  coping  personaldevelopment 
5 days ago by toastednut
Exercise Professionals - Brain-boosting exercise builds immune system and fights fat – study...
how does exercise promote brain health and reduce stress? and how does this same mechanism also work to prevent diabetes and obesity. research from Karolinska Institutet
brain  exercise  stress  mental  health  depression 
6 days ago by clmza225
Scientists are now using Wi-Fi to read human emotions
It’s not all Orwellian dystopia – there are practical uses that we should pursue. Imagine not having to scream at Alexa to play Enya music when you rage out. The AI behind EQ Radio could figure out that you’re stressed and cue the music without you even knowing you needed it.
stress  invisibletech  emotion  wifi  router  frictionless 
8 days ago by koenkas
UK state should pay for housing, food, transport and internet, says report | Business | The Guardian
UK state should pay for housing, food, transport and internet, says report
‘Universal basic services’ costing about £42bn could be funded through higher taxes, say Jonathan Portes and academics //&! - Report proposes £10,000 for everyone under 55 - Most state benefits would be cut under the scheme. The RSA said the dividends would help steer people through the challenges of the 2020s. [...] "Without a real change in our thinking, neither tweaks to the welfare state nor getting people into work alone, when the link between hard work and fair pay has broken, will help working people meet the challenges ahead." [[...] space for skill acquisition, what UK system currently rules out completely ]]!!
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9 days ago by asterisk2a
Dealing with surprising human emotions: desk moves
To illustrate this model, let’s unpack why desk moves can bring up strong emotions for people. I joke that in the course of my career as a manager, I’ve seen the biggest displays of human emotion during something that’s otherwise straightforward: desk moves.
management  leadership  stress  culture  desks 
11 days ago by spaceninja
Manager Energy Drain
“How do I handle how tired I am as a manager?”
1. Calendar color coding and defragging
2. Delegate messy and unscoped projects
3. Say no
leadership  management  stress  productivity 
11 days ago by spaceninja

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