Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.
I admit it.
I occasionally get stressed.
It happens, for example, when people insist on playing videos on the phones. Out loud. With no headphones.
Or when they hold conference calls. Out loud. With no headphones.
Remedies for stress, however, vary across every single businessperson. Or, indeed, every single person. We're all businesses these days.
Some people turn to legal or less legal narcotic substances.
Some dance and sing and do any old thing but work.
I confess, though, I'd been unaware until today that some turn to more radical means.
Far more radical means.
As in radical-tending-toward-possibly-bonkers means.
You may find the Otonamaki method verges in this last direction.
You see, it involves being wrapped up in cloth and rolling around for 20 or 30 minutes.
Yes, I'm serious. So are the people who do it.
These adults are getting swaddled like BABIES to reduce stress pic.twitter.com/yc7XrvArFy-- Vocativ (@vocativ) April 2, 2019
This technique is a derivative of Ohinamaki, the Japanese practice of wrapping babies in this manner to help them develop physically.
From there, adults were invited to try the method, in order to see what their babies would really feel.
As so often happens when adults got hold of something designed for children, they decided it would somehow help their minds, too.
Please, I don't decry it. If it works for you, and you're using reliably breathable cloth, then I envy your good fortune.
I worry, though, that this premature mummification isn't a good look if a relative or friend suddenly walks into the room.
I worry, too, that it doesn't look too comfortable, offering a posture I normally take up when I just can't believe an NBA referee has blown their whistle with clear malice aforethought.
Let's be optimistic. Let's assume that this can help a tired and put-upon mind -- so often seen among entrepreneurs -- regenerate and rejuvenate.
Let's also start wrapping our members of Congress up in these balls and see if it somehow improves their ability to think. Or, perish the concept, even do.
It must be so very stressful for them all to talk all the time and (say and) do nothing.