Archive for the ‘Stress – pressure’ Category

Chaos, Cortisol and “Crisis Fatigue”

June 9, 2020

On my weekly trip to the grocery store (during Sunrise Senior Hours, of course), I sensed a change in folks’ demeanor.  Many people had a defeated, hang-dog look on their masked faces.

I thought it might just be me projecting my feelings onto them, but when I got home, I spotted an article in WIRED titled “All This Chaos Might Be Giving You ‘Crisis Fatigue”.

The punch line: Your body is well adapted to handle temporary stresses, but it may be overwhelmed by the constant, unrelenting pressures we’re all currently facing.

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Here’s the essence of the article…

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Memo to Michelin: Shove your stars …

October 3, 2017

3-star chef wants out of the rankings

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According to the NY Times

Sébastien Bras, one of France’s most celebrated chefs, has stunned the French culinary world with an unlikely plea: Take my three Michelin stars away.

Mr. Bras is fed up with the pressure of maintaining those stars. He says he is seeking nothing less than culinary “liberation” and “a new meaning to my life.”

While the stars confer cachet and financial security, Mr. Bras’s audacious move is also reflective of a new generation of chefs, some of whom are eager to escape from the punishing strain of unpredictable rankings and malicious food critics.

“Three stars mean that everything must be perfect, at any time, in every plate. One must be passionate, a genius, but mostly a workaholic, because you have to be working in your restaurant from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day, nonstop.”

There’s also an economic angle …

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