Tetris Moments

I’ve just had a tetris moment. No, I haven’t just been playing tetris for so many hours that I had a dream about tetris (it’s happened. The minecraft dream on top of that served as a chilling reminder that marathons of video games have consequences). A tetris moment, or what some might call an epiphany, is that moment where suddenly a fact slides into place and the whole world makes sense. Obviously it doesn’t all go ding and disappear like it does in actual tetris, but it’s pretty much the same.

So my tetris moment has been: stress headaches! Yep, that’s it. I get stress headaches. Now, you might think to yourself: but Charlie, isn’t that really fucking obvious? Well, I’m here to tell you that it isn’t! Or wasn’t! Maybe I’m just dim? Anyway, the realisation struck me yesterday in a lecture (it was really boring, OK? My attention drifted briefly) when I suddenly realised that my headaches and general malaise seemed to coincide with bad or stressful news. And stressful events, and things that I was worried about…

You might, if you were feeling a bit unkind, ask why this is such a revelation to me. Well, a lot of the time I get headaches when I’m out and about on a day trip. So sometimes it can be a bit tricky to tell whether I’m anxious about the trip or just stupidly dehydrated because I’ve forgotten to have anything to drink. It could possibly be a combination of the two, but if I’m perfectly honest I never get headaches when I’m at home or at uni and don’t drink anything for a couple of hours so that might not be so much of a factor.

The most important part about this revelation is the fact that I’m so good at compartmentalising things (1. I’m stressed and 2. I have a headache) that I never realise that they’re connected in any particular way. So my February resolution is going to be: to be more mindful about things.

and maybe to drink more water when I’m away from home.


2 thoughts on “Tetris Moments

  1. A day out in London is more stressful than one imagines. I don’t just mean it’s your friends that stress you out (but it may be the case to some extent), but rather that one is surrounded by loud noises, flashy signs and crowds of people, and this all stimulates the sympathetic nervous system even if you don’t realise it at the time.
    Over the last few years I’ve accumulated solutions for when I’m out somewhere busy and need a quiet moment to myself. Bookshops, churches, parks, gardens, museums, toilet cubicles…

    • I guess rather than being secretly stressed out by friends it’s the socialisation aspect of things, maybe.
      Yeah, there’s a lot going on even if you do tune it out. That’s actually not a bad idea, as long as we can persuade a certain person to incorporate it into the itinerary…

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