This text starts with a story about headphones and ends with this statement: It’s harder to stop than keep going. This is how my brain works.
I have new headphones. One of those big headphones that cover the full ear. I wanted to focus more when working, and I thought this would help. There are too much options in the market, so, trying to avoid an exhausting research, I limited myself just to check a couple of websites. I used to get crazy looking for the perfect product, searching and searching for info. Energy-wasting. Now I just check if they cover the needs I want to cover. I think indecision makes you unhappy at the end, but this could be another article itself.
Coming back to the headphones, in all the reviews people talked about the ANC technology: adaptive noise canceling. I was not sure what this was, so I tried it. It was amazing. Not only does it isolate you from the outside, but the headphones have a micro to catch the ambient sound and reproduce the inverse wave sound to delete that “noise”. It’s hard to explain; you should go to some shop and try it yourself.
After some days, I started to think about the fact that we need extra energy to mute the world. As always, I began to put myself in the transcendental mood. Here I go:
Don’t you feel exhausted arriving home at the end of the day. Millennials don’t work in factories anymore, so we’re not supposed to be physically tired after work. Then why? It must be more a mental issue. We’re so tired of focusing so many hours on the computer. We need to disconnect.
How can we rest ? We tend to watch some Netflix, Youtube, end the day on the sofa or go directly to bed. But does it works well? I can only speak for me, but the thing is that doing that I just feel more and more lazy, without energy.
Then what works for me? –And maybe for you. I need to put in extra effort. Even when I’m super tired, I try to stand up and do something that makes me feel better. Meditation is a good example. Exercise is another perfect example. It’s easier not to do it, it requires effort. But if I do these things, I feel less tired after. It works especially when I do it with people. A trip during the weekend? Sure! You’re going to start on Monday with more energy. Painting, guitar… you know, those kinds of things. DO!
The temptation is always there. It’s easier not to do anything. But, don’t you feel some kind of strange tiredness after spending all Sunday at home with the TV or laptop? I hate that feeling.
It’s like the headphones. Maybe it’s not enough to stop, maybe you need to generate a new sound to stop the other sound. Maybe to rest from your day-to-day activities you need to do other activities after.
So I wrote this to motivate myself (and maybe you too) to move, to do more of these Active Noise Cancellation activities… hmmmm… ANCA… Nah! I don’t like how it sounds, but you get the point, right? Move! Move to rest, to take a deep breath.