Friday, May 27, 2011

A Boiling Pot = A Stress Lesson

I turned the stove to maximum to boil the soup stock.

Invariably, I end up with a mess around the element from the roiling soup.

I realised that I could accomplish the same thing and bring the soup stock to a boil, simply by choosing a lower temperature.

How much energy are you using to get through your day? Is it efficient, or are you burning and boiling at a higher temperature than necessary and making a mess of things?

There are two branches of the Autonomic Nervous System. The Sympathetic Nervous System is like a stove with the burner on maximum heat. Whereas, the Parasympathetic Nervous System is an element that is turned off. We function best when there is a balance between the two.

Initially, many people are in "overheat". Like that pot of bubbling broth, the Sympathetic Nervous System is on "High". Gogogogogo - until then they boil over or burn out - the nervous system becomes worn out, and the scene is set for ill-health.

Learn to lower your "temperature" and achieve more with less energy.

Image courtesy of Ruben Las Palmas.

8 comments:

  1. Hi Marianna,

    What a great analogy! I love it :)

    Using mindfulness or other types of breathing exercises such as biofeedback helps slow us down so as to not to be working at the "high" bubbling broth level!

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  2. I think your blog was in overheat when I tried to leave a comment earlier. I just invested in a new pot/pan on the lines of a pressure cooker. It allows me to turn the heat right down.

    As someone with unstable angina, stress is to be avoided where possible. I have learned over the years to switch off in stressful situations and let them float above and away from me.

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  3. Thanks for your feedback Dorlee. We all know what happens to a pot if it is left to boil for too long, too.

    GM,
    That's one apropos way to put it. :)

    That "floating" analogy is a good one. I use something similar when I need to reach for something with my wonky elbow.

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  4. Having now been a house husband for over a decade, I well know what happens to milk and other liquids when the temperature is not managed. Great analogy.

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  5. Marianna,
    What a vivid post, and I agree with Dorlee, a terrific metaphor!

    Having made a bit of a 'mess' from time to time in my own life amidst projects, change efforts and even day-to-day tasks, I empathize with your 'roiling soup' story.

    What a great reminder of the 'control' we all possess in dialing up the appropriate 'heat' to move through our initiatives in a more balanced and less energy-depleting (i.e., healthy) way.

    Cheers,
    Jacqui

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  6. This is exactly why I sail. It is a great way to turn down the heat and get back to a more centered and controlled (and ultimately more useful) life-fire.
    Thank you for using the word "roiling". I was once chastised about the use of that word. The chastiser claimed I had made the word, even though I was able to provide an accurate definition without skipping a beat. I didn't hold any grudges though and married her anyway.
    Great post and great point.
    Cheers
    Rob

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  7. Beth@Boomer HighwayMay 31, 2011 at 7:18 AM

    Excellent post, Mariana. I just wrote something similar. We all have to learn to breathe!!

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  8. Ramana,
    Did you share the cooking responsibilities with Urmeela?

    Jacqui,
    Another benefit is that I don't have to work so hard to clean the pots. Oooo, this metaphor just continues on - repairing relationships that have been burned because of boiling temperatures.

    I think the messes will always be a part of our life, but it's comforting to know that they can be cleaned up much easier and with far less effort.

    Rob,
    You made me laugh! :) That's another good temperature controller! (Glad that I helped you win one, although it sounds like you didn't need any help from me! LOL!)

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Beth,
    I'll be paying you a visit to see where your thoughts led you.

    It's a worthwhile visit to Beth's blog at http://bethhavey.wordpress.com/.

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