I had to work today. The mission was to ensure that technical equipment was functional at a conference my job was sponsoring. The theme involved treating cancer patients from a medical and psychological perspective.
The gist of this is that I had to turn on a CD player when music was required, ensure a microphone was working when people wanted to speak, project some powerpoint presentations on a screen, and anticipate (sometimes in a failing manner) when to hit “page down” to the next slide. 🙂
The nice part of this was that I actually “got something” out of the presentations, aside from the little boxes of chocolates the marketing team gave me. 🙂 For example, people who wake up consistantly at 3 or 4 am may be experiencing a surge of Cortisol, due to stress.
There was also a nice relaxation technique, taught by one of the presenters:
Focus on something in the room. Don’t take your eyes off of it for the duration of the exercise:
Think about 5 things you can see (in your peripheral vision)
Think about 5 things you feel
Think about 5 things you hear.
Think about 4 things you can see….
and keep going down to 1.
By the time you get through 1, you should be more relaxed. If not, go back to 5 and do it again.