Recently, I re-connected with a long-time friend to catch up. As we were chatting and I was explaining the state of my universe, the metaphor of the boiling frog came up. It seemed like the perfect way to describe my current state of mind.
The boiling frog metaphor
What is the boiling frog metaphor you may ask? According to Wikipedia, the boiling frog is a fable describing a frog being slowly boiled alive. The premise is that if a frog falls suddenly into boiling water, it will jump out. However, if the frog sits in tepid water and brought to a boil slowly, it will not perceive the danger. It will stay in the pot and slowly boil to death. The story is often used as a metaphor for our inability or unwillingness to recognize threats that build gradually around us. It also illustrates that Stress that arrives suddenly tends to get our attention quickly.
Ask my friends (or, apparently it’s is obvious if you meet me in person 🤣) I am someone who is always on the go. Evidently, I like being busy and I make lifestyle choices that support this habit.
However, the past few months have shown me that is my frog was boiling. I had no idea and I didn’t see it coming. All this from someone who owns a wellness centre. I have the tools, I read the articles and I do my best to walk the talk of the wellness industry. Nonetheless, I was still blindsided.
The pandemic has been hard on everyone. What I realize now is that the constant drip of low grade environmental stress that accompanies caring for a family and a business in a highly connected digital world builds up to be something huge. Stress is a sneaky beast and it bit me in the ass.
You are not alone
My customers are teaching me that I am not alone. More and more, I am hearing you tell me the same stories. The volume of the background noise in all of our lives has been turned up just a little at a time. It’s as if The temperature of the water is slowly increasing, and it’s not water designed to make you float.
So, my dear friends, if you are feeling overwhelmed, please pause and take the temperature of your own water. Awareness of the state of your own physical and mental health is an important but very simple first step towarwds wellness. We urge you to take time to connect in nature, carve out time to do something you love, or come in for a your float. Trust me, it will be time well spent.💙
Stress relief is just one of the many benefits of floating. Come in and experience floating for yourself.