Thursday, 20 October 2016

Don't Panic

I was recently reminded of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. It's a pretty great story and it contains the most important piece of advice one could ever receive, summed up succinctly into two words; don't panic.

Unfortunately I kind of have the tendency to panic. A lot. It's just in my blood. I panic about a lot of things but work is probably the most common one. Not to mention my problems in my driving last driving lesson all had one thing in common; I panicked. Panicking is pretty much one of the worst things you can ever do. I actually learned yesterday that panicking is one of the main causes of insomnia. See; what happens is that you have trouble sleeping one night and then you panic and get frustrated about it, and it leads to you having trouble again the next night. The cycle continues and before you know it you've driven yourself insane with panicking.

If you feel that you're panicking then it's time to take a step back and take a few deep breaths. Bring the oxygen in and flush out the stress. It sounds like new-age hippy bullshit but hey, it works. Can't argue with results. Keep calm and carry on and all that jazz. If you're going into hell then just keep going. Really we Brits don't mince words when it comes to not being a pussy. We know how to get shit done. Well, most of us.

I started panicking about work because I was running out of jobs I needed to get done. Then I went to bed and woke up as overbooked as ever. At least this time I have a bit longer to get everything done.

So don't panic, eh?


6 comments:

  1. And don't forget the stiff upper lip!

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  2. I try not to get bogged down in worries or stuck on the bad stuff that happens. I still spend a lot of time worrying and a lot of nights staring at the ceiling, fretting. When I have too many things to do, I become immobilized and can accomplish nothing.

    You do sound a bit better than you sounded over the last few weeks.

    Don't panic. And remember that a towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.

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  3. I was going to mention the towel. You can learn alot from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

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  4. Great advice, although I am more of a worrier

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  5. For me it always helps to just be in those situations more often. They always turn out okay, and after a while my body learns that there's no real danger past the self-stress, so it calms down a bit.

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  6. Easy to say don't panic, but I am someone to panic and freak out

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