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We ‘see’ better with a happy brain.

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We ‘see’ better with a happy brain.
Before Christmas, InnovAID worked on creating standard adult-sized weighted vests.
The first set was sold.
A couple of days later, I received an email: there was an error in how the zipper was put into one of the vests.
When I met with the client to collect the vest, I learned something more valuable than an improperly sewn zipper.
Our vests are usually sent out with the neck weights in the vest (people often put the neck weights in upside down), the vest zipped up, snapped up, right-side out and folded. That is the expectation.

In this order, two vests were properly packaged. The third vest had the neck weights in, the zipper and snap not done up, was inside-out and was folded. The client looked at it, and while trying to make sense of the difference, thought the zipper was the problem. The problem was, the vest was inside out but presented like the other vests. (Thanks for the compliment, L, that our vests are beautifully made inside and out)

When we’re stressed by unusual circumstances, like this person was, or find life stressful, like some people with sensory issues do, parts of our higher-level thinking, like creativity and problem solving, might not be available. We are still able to function and are quite capable and responsible, but we are not playing our A game. Which, of course, costs us more time and adds stress to our lives and those around us.
If you’re working with someone who finds life in general stressful, their sense of the world could be very different than yours.

'Sunrise Sunset' is about trying to get to a place where life is simple and not letting the stress and happenings in the world get in the way of your happiness.
~Benny Cassette

Letting go helps us to to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. It allows others to be responsible for themselves and for us to take our hands off situations that do not belong to us. This frees us from unnecessary stress.
~Melody Beattie

Action Ideas
1. Acknowledge to ourselves that our lives and the lives of those around would be better if we invested some time and energy into having a less-stressed brain. Problems could be solved more quickly, or better yet, averted. If you’re working with someone whose brain is working at capacity just to survive, asking that brain to do problem-solving might be beyond its capability unless the stress load can be reduced elsewhere.
2. Acknowledge that we need to do occasional physical and emotional check-ins and others more often than we do. I’m guilty of not doing this one. Usually, if I’ve got a spare minute, I’ve got a 2-minute project I’ll try to squeeze in. Instead, if I was more aware, I could prevent or address issues when the issues are small:
       Body scan: Moving from the head down or the toes up, focus for a moment on each body part, then relax it and move to the next body part. Learn where you store your stress.
       Emotion scan: What feelings did you have during the day? Did you behave in a way that surprised you or in a way that was not your best self? Why? What part of the day was the most difficult? Why? Did you also behave in a way that makes you proud?
3. Acknowledge our thoughts towards others are often a harsher judgement than needed. As someone once said to me, “First, assume kindness.” A scary part of our judgmental nature is, we often use the same harsh lens to view ourselves as we use to view others. If your first reaction towards someone making a mistake is, “People are so stupid!”, then there is a good chance when you make a mistake you think, “I am so stupid.” Become aware of how you describe others. Do you think that’s the same lens you use to view yourself?
4. Acknowledge that if you are within the norm (and most of us are. That’s what makes it the ‘norm’), time for doing the above can be found by reducing screen time (very guilty here. YouTube is my black hole.) The other day, I heard we average just under 4 hours/day on TV ALONE (I can righteously say I watch very little TV but my screen time is huge).
Our mental health is not improved by excessive screen time. Yesterday, an empty-nester friend of mine told me she and her husband started to play a round of Yahtzee in the evening instead of additional TV and was surprised by the conversations they had while playing.
Let’s make 2019 better by making ourselves more understanding, relaxed, problem-solving beings, to ourselves and others. Let’s reduce our stress and those around us so we can all have creative, problem-solving brains.

InnovAID Inc.

P.S. Check out our new website! It still needs work but the process is well underway. Now, I need to reduce my non-essential screen time so I can complete the remaining website tasks, and then have a happy brain (and those around me will be happier).

 P.P.S. We are wrapping up the lap pad challenge. The remainder of the lap pads go out this week. Thanks to all who are helping and will be giving feedback.
Due to the busy schedules of the people with the magic at their fingertips (the people who sew for us), the Peru lap pads won’t be offered as soon as I thought. To be on the safe side, I’ll wait until they are completed to announce a date, but it will be later this month. Thanks for your patience.

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