Five Seconds

Here’s one technique that author J. Rose mentioned in a panel last week: Mel Robbins’s Five-Second Rule. I watched a brief clip of Mel Robbins explaining it, and then I watched this guy, and I think he did a better job. Well, he kept it short, sweet, and to the point, which is what I need right now. I rolled my eyes at Mel and her parenting analogy, but a simple countdown I am willing to try. I still question the brain science supposedly at work, but it doesn’t seem like I will come to harm if I give it a shot.


I know, I know, it’s only been 8 hours, but I really think I gave this an honest go. And my brain is having none of it. In the span of a single second, my brain can present six different (and often opposing) ideas, sift through them, file away anything of interest for future reference, and discard the rest. It continues to do this while I’m counting down five seconds. When I get to “Go!” my brain has completely moved on and says, “Okay, whatcha got now?” So this technique, while appealing, is of no use to me.

Mind you, I’m not saying it’s garbage. I’m just saying that it and my brain are not compatible. I suspect my brain is not compatible with a lot of things. I mean, I recently learned that relaxation-induced anxiety is an actual thing, and that explains sooooo much. Like why meditation stresses me out.

Sorry, Five-Second Rule, it’s not you, it’s me.


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