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When the Heat Wave Hits Your Yowling Brain

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When the Heat Wave Hits Your Yowling Brain

The L.A. heat has been crazy. Blistering temperatures of 100° to 119° have fried the southland. I tend to get irritable or even frustrated when trying to work through these yowling temps. My brain becomes too hot to think clearly. And yet, the heat teaches me something. It reminds me of that “hot spot” in the creation process: I have “nothing” yet have to produce “something.” I pass through this sweltering unknown zone every time I create something new–whether it’s a course, poem, professional project, paper, or on-site presentation. So how do I cope with the heat? The same way I do when SoCal temperatures reach triple digits:

Cool Off My Yowling

When temperatures rise, and emotions or thoughts go haywire, I look for a refreshing place to sit and gather myself. Albert Einstein once said, “Problems cannot be solved at the same level that created them.” Realizing this encourages me to pause and remember that the human brain  works from a state of rest instead of stress. I inhale and exhale deeply for a moment and fan away over-boiling thoughts. During the summer, I just turn on the air conditioner to cool off my yowling.

Take a Break

Sometimes I need a change of perspective. I take a walk, eat lunch or dinner, or read a blog for encouragement. Although the scenery changes, my brain is still brewing in the background. Altering my physical perspective clears my mind and often produces solutions to troubles I haven’t been able to solve.

Reach Out to a Friend

At times the heat feels too overwhelming to handle in the moment. When this happens, I need to blow off some steam. So I call a friend, connect with a colleague for a CCB, or just rant a while with God. Expressing my yowling relieves the inner pressure. My head clears. I return to my task refreshed and with renewed energy. Sometimes the person I’m with sees something I don’t and unleashes a welcome cold front that cools the electrical storm thundering in my brain.

Feeling overwhelmed? Check out these for more tips on facing the heat of the unknown zone:

25 Responses to “When the Heat Wave Hits Your Yowling Brain”

  1. kelyn struiksma says:

    This blog came at just the perfect time. It is the end of the semester. This semester has been full of change and has gone by extremely quickly. Finals are less than two weeks away and everything learned is finally coming to fruition. In this time, I so often feel that everything I have to do clouds over each other and I become so overwhelmed I just push it aside, and worry. With reading this post, it is a reminder to take a break and get the mind off of the worry that it is engulfed by. For me personally, I know I have to mentally take my tasks one thing at a time, instead of focusing on all I need to get done. Life is busy, but we need to live in the moment, even in the stressful times when it seems impossible.

  2. Raul Fajardo says:

    Reading this blog brought comfort to me. It’s near the end of the semester and i’m beginning to feel the effects of stress. Although i’m not falling behind, I have a lot of work that still has to be done in a period of time. Knowing that I should take a break, reach out, and “cool” down allows me to not feel overwhelmed. I realized that I should take things one at a time, so thank you.

  3. Adam Jan says:

    It’s always nice being reminded to take a break. Reading this blog brought stability back to my work. I’ve been trying to figure out how and what to write for my CLFM final paper. It has been a little frustrating organizing my thoughts for this essay, I just want to get it done and out of the way. Stepping away from this paper has really given me time to think and contemplate what I’m actually writing about. I felt the stress of this paper go away as I backed off. I often forget to take breaks, because I’m the type of person who likes to get things done quickly. This blog was a nice reminder.

  4. Ethan Korb says:

    I think it is definitely a good idea to take breaks during your work. I feel like if I say that i am going to sit down and tackle the whole paper in one sitting, that i must be crazy! You need to have time set aside to step back, and take a look at your work. Also going somewhere else or taking a nap, to let your brain refocus and maybe develop new ideas. All in all this blog post was a good reminder to take a break every once in awhile.

  5. Alex Meyers says:

    Reading this blog was very refreshing to me. I’ve slowly figured out this method of physically and mentally taking breaks while almost being done with my first semester of college. To me it’s kind of funny looking back and seeing what few breaks I took when working on homework . I used to put myself through so much stress and worry. Now to the day I will take a fifteen or twenty minute break to clear my mind and or take a nap. Entering into my first week of college finals I’ve been studying like crazy. Fortunately, taking a break every few hours has been the thing that’s kept me going. This blog was refreshing to read because it was nice reading about others taking breaks knowing I’m not the only one.

  6. Ryan Hollifield says:

    This is perfect. I have been stressed so much about last minute papers and finals. Everything is just so overwhelming to me right now. So I sat in a quit place and just kind of wrote everything on my mind and I am feeling much better and am ready to finish this semester.

  7. Gabe Maceo says:

    I couldn’t have read this blog at a better time. Stress is at its peak because of finals and grades. These tips to calm down are amazing. I always under estimate the power of venting to a friend and its ability to soothe the worst of problems someone can face. Love the quote “problems cannot be solved at the same level that created them”

  8. Shoko Hattori says:

    This was the same thing my friend told me the other day when I was so stressed out with my paper. I posted a status on facebook saying how stressed I was and he commented on it. When I read his comment, I realized that I did not take real breaks, not like procrastinating, to let my brain relax for a while without thinking about any thing that caused the stress. I did what he said. I found my self being more productive after doing that.

  9. NiCollette Abrantes says:

    Finals week have me a true insight at what it’s like to work through yowling heat waves. Every moment of every day for the past week and a half has been spent writing papers and studying as much as I could. I tried to push through my moments of frustration and exhaust but it came to a point when I really needed to put my health first. This past Tuesday I had gotten two nose bleeds, a sure sign of sleep deprivation and stress. I decided that it was better to work with this heat wave a take a break. I took a nap and woke up rejuvenated and ready to continue my studies. I feel that it was better to work in a way that made the heat wave more bearable instead of pushing the limits and endangering my health.

  10. Alexis Maldonado says:

    This is a great way to to clear your head. When I feel overwhelmed or stuck I often move somewhere where it is quiet. When I can not concentrate I remove myself from wherever it is I am at or I take a break. It is better to take a break because then my mind can relax and when I return to my task, it is easier for me.

  11. Jonathan Villacis says:

    This blog help cleared my mind a ton. As far as taking breaks goes,I use to put myself in so much stress where I hardly had time to go over my some of my school work. Conflicts has been devastated for me throughout this semester. When I went over through this phase, it helped me relax a lot. It helped me to improve my note abstract verse well, words and small bits as they come.

  12. Elena Medina says:

    This article is amazing. I didn’t notice that my brain was overwhelmed until I faced with frustration over trying to understand something easy. I realized that I work more than 10 hours a day, I drive too many hours, I do my homework, but I sleep just 3 or 4 hours. Two days ago I worked just a few hours I decide go home and rest.I put everything on the side and slept 10 hours. The experience was incredible after that I felt energized, my thoughts came more clearly and I discovered that my brain really thanks me for allowing it to rest.

  13. Jonatan A says:

    This blog makes me think about the who environment can influence on me. I can think that what happens around me does not affect me. But it can actually stop my thinking, my behavior even my mood. The same happens at the time of writing, our mind can be over saturated. It is when our body needs a caffe and our minds “AC”.

  14. Isaac McAllister says:

    Heat can definitely overwhelm me when writing. One thing that I often do in these situations (besides turning the AC waaay down) is to go out and do something physical. By just “sweating it out”, so to speak, it makes me feel a lot fresher. This also helps keep the heat in perspective, and makes the afterward feel a lot cooler in comparison.

  15. Abby Ludlow says:

    This was the perfect blog to read right now. I have been stressing out with all the papers that are due for my classes. I tend to just want to work nonstop through all of my homework so I forget to take a break and let my brain relax. Being overwhelmed is not going to help you while you are stressed, it only makes matters worse. The exmples that you gave really helped me for when I am feeling stressed.

  16. Tiffany F says:

    These are really good tips. I become overwhelmed very easily and it really helps and makes a difference when I rest for awhile. Rest gives me a whole new perspective and energy towards my work. Also, when I rant about my worries with a friend and they encourage me and point things out I hadn’t noticed it allows me a release from my mind and motivates me to keep going. The best help though, is sleep. When I feel like I can literally no longer function, I take a nap or just continue the next day if I can. Release and rest are very impactful when working on big projects.

  17. Miguel Gutierrez says:

    During the week, this Los Angeles heat has been very exahusting, with temperatures ranging above 100 in some areas of San Fernado Valley. This heat can bring your “yowling” into a different mood. The best solution that works for me, is a cold glass of water and some rest to calm my body temperature. We must remeber that our body was not meant to work under extreme conditions, especially during a creation process. Rest is the final process of a creation.

  18. German Tapia says:

    It’s a mess. Researching is not my thing it takes
    everything out of you. However, one thing is certain I will not surrender.I will continue to fight to the end.

  19. Lupita says:

    I just can’t handle my body and my brain when the weather is over 100°. I know how it feels when the hot wave hits California… I hate the hot weather. This article is a perfect example what to do when I get overwhelming about the wave of hit ideas. The tips are perfect steps to keep in my writing.

    • When it is too hot to write; my strong feeling is to be at the beach with my desire. So I throw caution aside and leave to the beach only to find that the heat and the waves bring thoughts of wellness. And, when arriving at home I am inspired to work with my Yowling creations and to finish the assignment. Thanking God for having bless me with the words that were lacking.

  20. When it is too hot to write; my strong feeling is to be at the beach with my desire. So I throw caution aside and leave to the beach only to find that the heat and the waves bring thoughts of wellness. And, when arriving at home I am inspired to work with my Yowling creations and to finish the assignment. Thanking God for having bless me with the words that were lacking.

  21. Maria Elena Lopez says:

    Creative Writing 201
    Sometimes when writing and stressing out especially in a paper it does feel like its 100 degrees. But sometimes it is always good to just calm down and cool off, then come back to work.

  22. Carmen Gutierrez says:

    Felling overwhelmed? Even though this is a common problem to many individuals. I’ve took the time to think ways to help this kind of issue. If I sit for a long time and the temperature is too hot, it’s better I take a walk or stretch the muscle this is a way to reset my whole self, and eat food with high protein to be energized again.

  23. Carmen Gutierrez says:

    Felling overwhelmed? Even though this is a common problem to many individuals. I’ve took the time to think ways to help this kind of issue. If I sit for a long time and the temperature is too hot, it’s better I take a walk or stretch the muscles this is a way to reset my whole self, and eat food with high protein to be energized again.

  24. Celia Brewer says:

    Now and then I do feel overwhelmed, tired and very exhausted, when I am dealing especially with school. When I am on the computer I get very “heated” in my head and start to get very strong migraines. But the way that I like to cool off and relax is by spending time in my room, resting and watching T.V., walking around and especially watching a really good movie.

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