VSS: Fold

Based on the daily writing prompts on Twitter, I write very short stories (#vss365) about the Captain, First Mate and Deckhand in every-day situations.

Today’s Story

The scene in the galley baffled the Captain: “What the hell–are those napkins?”
“Yep,” said the Deckhand, smoothing a fold in the fabric.
“But, WHY?”
“Simple task.”
“Satisfying, too,” said the First Mate, and added another fabric roll to their stack.

Ship’s Tip

We tend to get angry with ourselves for not getting enough done in a day. But no one has the same amount of energy every single day. After all, we’re humans, not machines.

Especially after a period of stress – and the forced high-energy caused by adrenalin and other stress hormones – you can feel exhausted. However, not doing anything can cause anxiety in its own right, so more stress.

To avoid that, do something simple that involves using your hands (calms your Deckhand) and gives quick satisfaction (calms the First Mate), without needing lots of planning or structuring (gives your Captain a break).

Some ideas:

  • Folding clean laundry (or napkins).
  • Arranging items according to shape, colour or size (pens, cutlery, books, etc).
  • Stacking items (like magazines that all need to go on one shelf anyway).
  • Jigsaw puzzles (if you like those).

The task you do doesn’t have to serve a larger purpose, but if you do end up clearing out a drawer or cleaning a space – hey, that’s a nice bonus!

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About the author

Christel Vogels developed the Ship Psychology Method as a playful means to understand your own mind. As coach and trainer, she teaches people how managing their thoughts, feelings and behaviour can help to improve their mental quality of life.

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