Decompression and Energizing

Posted Thursday, July 13, 2023 by Sri. Tagged JOURNAL, REFCARD

Thursday, July 13, 2023.

I've been feeling very low on energy these days. Here's some theories:

  • Any social interaction I have with unfamiliar people or places creates chemical stress from high intensity sensing and negotiating activities in my brain. It's more like "adaptive frequency matching and handshaking data rate + protocol" than it is "masking"
  • Residual chemicals (cortisol, adrenaline) remain in the system and have a long half-life depending on intensity of the interaction and its duration. It's a minimum of 4 hours but can go up to three days of uninterrupted recovery time. This is DECOMPRESSION as I'm labeling it
  • After decompression, ENERGIZING is possible to do thinking work, deep work, productive stuff. To energize, I'm creating a list of things to do (the "dopamenu") that will generate feelings of connectedness and satisfy curiosity in a meaningful and reusable way.
  • Energizing is interrupted when another social interaction occurs, particularly scheduled activities. Energy levels reset to 0 and I have to start over again with decompression followed by new energizing.
  • Too many open tasks will use up energy, sometimes more energy than is available, which depletes reserves in a similar way to the social interaction. This is more of a kind of resentment I think. Artificial closure (timeblocking) helps with that.

Also, there is just regular mental tiredness that can be managed through controlled eating, blood movement, time away from concentration tasks. The energy buffer might have to be scaled to the ability to keep focused. I think eyestrain is another factor that is becoming increasingly problematic too.

There's a certain point in the day where I am just out of energy.

Dopamenu Activities

parentheticals are the source of the suggestion

  1. Collect and Curate Lists of Curious Questions, Interesting Datasets, and Shareable Nuggets (Sri)
  2. Watch DopaVideos like Princess Honeybell sleeping and songs like "Is She Queer or Just a Hipster" or the Sri Mood Playlist.
  3. Dedicate time to care for your plants, perhaps while listening to a favorite podcast or music (ChatGPT)
  4. Engage in a solo exercise routine, such as a gentle yoga flow or a short dance routine to your favorite song (ChatGPT) and learn lyrics (Sri)
  5. Find an interesting dataset and analyze it to create a "nugget of understanding" (ChatGPT)
  6. Pick a new video game that you can play without time restrictions or social obligations (ChatGPT) and write about it (Sri)
  7. Create a solution for an everyday problem you face (ChatGPT)
  8. Have a spontaneous video call with a friend to chat about an interesting topic or idea (ChatGPT)
  9. Share a cool thing or a piece of knowledge you learned recently with a friend online (ChatGPT)
  10. Design a new outfit using a design platform or own wardrobe, taking photos to share at your leisure (ChatGPT)
  11. Attaining understanding enough to fit a new piece of data into my model of how things work, and how to make use of that knowledge (Sri)