Travelling the world when you can’t leave your home due to Coronavirus lockdown

First off, we’re all stressed by the current situation so we need to bring ourselves down from the ceiling to help us cope a bit better. This little gif gives us a calming breathing rhythm. If you have a smart device, there are apps too – Beat Panic and Companion – that can help us manage our reactions to what’s happening. It’s scary but we’re going to get through it, right? Now, the travelling bit. If you’re confined to home and missing going out, these train journeys, mostly from the driver’s cab and with no commentary, can take you almost … Continue reading Travelling the world when you can’t leave your home due to Coronavirus lockdown

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ASMR videos and Amazon’s Alexa – the My Pod solution

You may not have heard of ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response ). It’s described as a response among some people to particular frequencies and repetitive sounds that causes a deep sense of relaxation. Some use it to help concentrate on work such as writing or art work (and there are claims that it promotes creativity), others use it for sleep where intrusive anxieties disturb and disrupt this. A number of disparate findings, speculations, and under-investigated techniques related to┬áideas of boredom, relaxation, sleep, and creativity seem to me to be coming together with this phenomenon. All of them appear to impinge … Continue reading ASMR videos and Amazon’s Alexa – the My Pod solution

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