Calming with Temple Grandin

Do you know who Temple Grandin is? She is a PhD. who has changed the cattle industry and Autism.

She is a Autistic lady that grew up in the 60’s with a mom that would not put her in an institution (nut house). Instead she went to school and kept on going.

There is a fantastic movie about her called “Temple Grandin” I urge you to rush out and watch it. It does a fantastic job of showing a different way to look at people.

There are several lessons to learn from this movie, the one I point out is “Calming”.

The ability to take a person from a high arousal state and bring it down to calm. How do you do that. Temple has an interesting way to do that, go watch the movie and see.

I remember years ago watching a multi-multi millionaire business man speak about life at 75 and all his staff wants him to slow down, take it easy. He said NO WAY. I am not going to slow down I am going to ‘calm down’.

I did not pick up on it then, I thought it was an odd statement, but now 15 years later I get it. At work I see most of us can use a calming mechanism, or several ways to calm ourselves.

I have several things I have developed to calm myself down. I referred to it as ways to counteract periods of depression. Now I see it as ways to calm me down from an agitated state, which may be ‘depression’ or ‘anxiety’.

I play guitar, read, have tea, breath, do tai chi or kung fu moves. ┬áSometimes I’ll watch some YouTube or TV and when it’s bad I clean the house, who knew that’s my go to calming thing.

I use different ones for different levels of stress and I normally observe how effective they are and modify my approaches as needed.

I hope all of you can work on building your ‘calming’ repertoire you will be glad you did.

Be Well,
Ward Willison
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