Stress, Sunflowers & the Analogies We Can Derive
I have a small garden where, among other flowers, I planted some sunflowers. It took a few months for them to grow and blossom into splendid tall plants. Sunflowers are the epitome of grounded and gratified beings. They make me happy, they make me want to smile and cheer, and most importantly they make me cherish the moment with them and mute out all the other noises- especially the stressors or stress inducing ones.
Most of us are fulfilling multiple roles and decoding the chaos that ensues from them while maneuvering uncertainties in numerous domains such as the global economy, gender parity, healthcare, childcare, quality of life and digital disruption (or invasion as some might prefer to call it). They all seem to be invading our thoughts and lives these days, which stresses us. We become drooping sunflowers, burdened by the perpetual noise.
We forget though that the sun is not always shining brightly in the sky all day and our sunflower in fact takes a much-needed break in the evening when the luminous moon comes out. The wisdom of the sunflower is evident in their riveting faces paying homage to the sun during its peak hours and decontaminating the soil of impurities. Like a sponge soaking up water, the magnificent sunflower basks in the splendor of the Sun, and absorbs energy to sustain and ensure healthy living & then they take their down time: rest, meditate and some shut eye!
The point I am trying to highlight is that we are not very different from sunflowers — we are amazing beings who are contributing to the wellbeing of communities in a multitude of ways. However, we need to have dedicated downtime and remove all the noise from our surroundings. This will foster our health and wellbeing (emotional, personal & work related) and — not to mention most of all — will make us stand stunningly tall and cheer! The sun will always shine again the next day and with our batteries recharged, we can tackle the world head on.
To conclude: it’s okay to take a break every now and then!