Relax, now!


How to succed in relaxing yourself and in taking easy the numerous assaults you endure in your trivial days?


Right now, I’m just coming back home after my working day. I’m tired, irritated, and still have many things to do before to to go to bed (to clean the kitchen, to eat some food, to call a buddy and to wash-up my crockery). This takes place on Monday. Monday fifth of the week. Just a classical week.

This is a thought we all know: what matters the most is that the job is endless… Then if it is endless, it means clearly that something has to change! And the change has no reason to wait for tomorrow, as tomorrow will be same as today … Thus, yes: relax, now!


All in all, stress has two different origins, which means that you’ll have two working axes to manage with to really succeed to relax yourself. These are your body and your mind. We shall note however that both kinds of stress have physical and psychological consequences, which proves that body and mind are bound together: indeed, psychological stress can provoke fatigue, physical pains, digestive disorders1…) and physical stress has naturally psychological repercussions (it can cause depression, concentration difficulties…). Conclusion of this small remark is that to fight in an effective way against the stress means fighting against causes of the stress of the body, as against those of the stress of the mind: otherwise, neither the body, nor the mind can really relax themselves!

Knowing about that, we understand that it is absolutely necessary for us to act on our body and on our mind.


Regarding the body, doing sport regularly is of a certain help to feel better: in our society, for the majority of socio-professional groups, this one remains seated the largest part of the day. Doing sport allows everyone to reinvest his body, to spend the energy that it has accumulated during the day and, there, to evacuate the stress which it suffered. Many scientific studies on sport showed its multiple virtues, some of them being physical and some of them being psychological (for example, doing sport helps fighting against cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and depression). According to the results of these studies, doing sport 30 minutes two or three times a week would be enough to prevent rather significantly most of these troubles2.

Regarding the mind, it can be useful to force yourself to take a time during the day (ten minutes should make it), for example after work, when you arrive at home in the evening, during which you free your mind, making it full of vacuum, and during which you stop being supported by the needs of yours and your environment. This exercise should allow you to let the things of life be reorganized in your mind and their natural place and dimensions turn up in it. This exercise will free yourself from the psychological stress your mind suffered during the day and will help you to overcome the psychological effects of the unpleasant events you lived during the day.

If you force yourself to do these exercises, which are simple to implement and won’t cost you too much time, you will quickly notice that your life will have changed. You will notice it one evening, as you’re going home after work. Ready to make quietly a little of household before eating a well deserved meal and calling your old friend Georges to hear from him a little. Then, satisfied with your very busy day, you’ll sleep to rest of the sleep of the just man and then will make the most of your weekend. Because, yes, this evening will be your very first Friday evening.

Look further / Usefull link(s)
♦ french book “La solution intérieure“, Thierry Janssen, Ed.: Fayard, 2006

2■ Le sport meilleur remède FRENCH

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Moral harassment weakens the health

We knew it, but it feels good to remind it…

« The consequences of the school harassment are more and more studied, and it’s for the best. The television series ” 13 Reasons Why “, which tells the story of the suicide of a teenager victim of harassment, recently knew a big success. If it aroused the debate, it has the merit to put back the subject in light. A team of American researchers was interested in the question too, publishing its results on April 28th in “Psychological Science”. Their discovery? The school harassment leaves profound marks on adulthood, on the health of the harassed one AND of the harasser. »
Article in french here.

Usefull links:
« Stalking the Soul: Emotional Abuse » from Marie-France HIRIGOYEN (i read it a few years ago, but i remember its topics were wide enough)


Transdisciplinarity in neuro-education

In Canada one can find some maple syrup i really like, and an association for neuro-education research. They wrote a very heavy report for their 5th congress1 at the end of 2016 : it is already an absolutely awfull text in french (very academic), so I didn’t translate it in English. If you want to read a summing-up in French I put it there, but they made a booklet in French and English (see below).

Go further / Usefull link(s)

♦ Their booklet in french and english here.

♦ Book « How We Learn » from B Carey



1■ Neuroéducation journal, septembre 2016, vol4 no1

Elon Musk wants to wire our brains with machines


Coming from a billionaire, let’s be suspicious…

“ Being “intrigued” by Neuralink and new ambitions of Elon Musk, a specialist of the machine and biological learning moderates however the fantasies of those who already imagine tomorrow an increased humanity. ” The track of the increased man does not seem credible to me “, he analyzes, essentially because of certain physical limits, in particular at the cerebral level. “

Article in French here.

Related links :

Book « L’humain augmenté » from Edouard Kleinpeter (FR only)


This AI Speech Generator Can Fake Anyone’s voice !

Lyrebird has just set up an incredible capacity of speech synthesis. I will never be tired of repeating: with the technological progress, it will be necessary to be more and more watchful on the reality of the images and the sounds which will be proposed to you …

You can listen to extracts HERE.


« Scientific American » talks about the technique HERE.


Long live the stress ?


How our body reacts to a source of stress within short, average and long term?


I have just seen a small report on arte-tv1 which speaks about the answer (urgent and unconscious) of the body to a rough stress. We see in particular a climbing accident, a beam to be crossed over the space, a musician who feels nervous before rising on stage … This last case has this of interesting: the musician was coached to deal with her stage fright (nerves), and one of the things which calmed her is the fact of having the explanation of the mechanisms of this stage fright.


The idea is to make contribute all the parts of the body by allocating all energy on the resources assigned to what allows us to run fast (muscles, lungs, heart, …), the whole with a good dose of adrenalin and of cortisol to be concentrated well, not have pain too much, and to be combative! Then, to “hold” that state, he sets in sleep mode what is not vital at the time (digestion, microbial immunity …).
At the time it is a very good reaction … but you should not confuse stress and chronic stress. Our body is not made to go the distance if this excitement continues: we run out and abime our organs. Physiological effects are made more and more visible, as for example:
► Muscular tensions with pains and associated fatigue
► hair loss
► Digestive disorders (burns, stomach pain, constipation …)
► Blood test showing more sugars or cholesterol
► Immunizing weakening
► Taking or loss of weight
► Cardiac disorders (palpitations, even cardiovascular risk)
► Anxiety, unstable humor, insomnias, depression


In brief, the stress that can be life-saving but don’t make an excessive use of it: on a daily basis, it is better to practise some methods of relaxation !

Look further / Usefull link(s)
♦ Book « l’intelligence du stress » from Jacques Fradin

1■ Xenius « Quand le corps se met en mode d’urgence » played on arte (march 2017)


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