This post was inspired by a recent BBC 4 documentary about George Gershwin’s Summertime, which is apparently the most covered song of all time. Whilst watching the program I also thought of the Bye Baby Bunting nursery rhyme. Below I will re-word and mash up these two songs to relate why I believe Dr Jim White’s Stress Control course can be extremely useful to individuals with dyslexia. Also Matthew Johnstone’s concept of the Black Dog of depression may make an appearance too.
And the livin’ is stressful
Dyslexia is jumpin’
And the stress is high
Your anxiety’s rich
And your depression’s backward looking
So hush the ‘If onlys’ and ‘What ifs’ of dyslexia
Bye confident and calm person
Thought’s gone a’haunting
Wellbeing’s gone a’melting
Panicky feelings’ gone a’swinging
Action’s gone to bring trouble
To wrap the brave and cool person within.
Don’t you stress and cry
One of these days
You’re going to gain control and rise up singing
Then you’ll shed those blinkers and see things clearly.
But for now meditate, to control your body
Dyslexia can’t harm you
With stress control and wellbeing standing by
Bye person I want to be
Grasshopper thought’s gone a jumping
To find those blinkers
To wrap my confidence in
And the thinkin’ is stressful
Grasshoppers are jump’
And the blinkers are high
Your stress voice is loud
And your common sense voice is drowned out
So brush back those blinkers
Don’t carry on
One of these 5 challenges
You’re going to combat and rise above the stressing
Then you’ll progressively relax
But till then retrain your breathing
With stress control and wellbeing standing by.
Bye happy baby
Daddy’s gone a hunting
That black dog skin
That should never wrap his baby within.
Dyslexia Scotland volunteer and member