My fishing buddies and I have created an analogy to help us talk about stress. Imagine you have a block of ice inside you. Now imagine any time you stress yourself out, you start melting your block of ice and once your block melts entirely you are done – as in dead. A little drastic maybe but stress has been linked to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
I use this analogy myself and I use it when coaching people. Once someone knows the lingo you can point out: “Hey! You are melting the ice.” or ask them “Is this worth melting ice over?” Having a novel way to talk about stressing out does not, in itself, help people reduce their stress. It does however, help lighten the discussion, and humour is always a good starting point when reducing stress.
There’s another part of the ice melting theory and that’s the idea that you can add ice back. My fishing buddies and I agreed that you can, but it takes a long time and is quite slow compared to how fast you can melt ice by stressing yourself out with negative feelings. Doing good things for others and doing healthy things for yourself are two of the ways we have come up with to slowly grow some ice back over time.
IBEX Payroll extends our profound respect and immeasurable gratitude to all the ancestors and keepers of the land on whose traditional territories our work takes place. We acknowledge that we are on Treaty 1 territory, the traditional gathering place of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene people and the traditional homeland of the Métis people. This land is sacred, historical, and significant.
Every time we acknowledge this truth, we have an invitation and an opportunity to reflect on the wrongs of the past, what we do in the present, and what we can do to continually honour the people whose lands and water we benefit from today.
This statement only acts as a first step in honouring the land we reside on and its peoples, and must be paired with education, understanding and informed action.
Hey! I was part of that drunken ‘around the fire conversation’ last summer!
your other fishing buddy..
Glad it finally made the blog.
Yes you were part of this Kelly. Though I can’t remember much of that evening!