Bear Grylls renamed his alarm clock “a clock of opportunity” to avoid negative connotations.
The adventurer said he believes starting the day with positive terminology has psychological and physiological benefits. He believes that an object associated with the word “alarm” is not a healthy way to start each day.
“My family often gets in the way of me on the ‘opportunity clock,’ but language is important,” Grylls said.
“The way we talk to each other and we talk is important. Words have power. It is a choice to speak kindly and positively.
Grylls said he also reframed the experience of being in the rain as something good for the soul. “It can be brilliantly healing. So many humans have an aversion to rain, but I’ve learned that as long as you’re not in a suit, there’s something amazing about standing outside for five minutes in the rain. Nature is always our best teacher.
The 48-year-old TV adventurer and Scouting Association Chief Scout, has written a book, Mind Fuel, which draws on his survival experience to offer advice on building resilience and reducing stress .
“You can go to the gym, but doing something about your mental fitness is also important,” he told Radio Times. “It doesn’t have to be hours of meditation, but five minutes of practical and simple things. Then you gradually build robustness and strength over time.
Defragmentation of nature
His advice includes taking a cold shower every morning: “Even just 30 seconds at the end of your shower – cool it down completely to get that blast – gives your whole system a brilliant reset. It’s like the defragmentation of nature.
Despite his reputation as fiery, Grylls said it was important to show his vulnerable side and dispel the myth that he is “great at it”.
“I have a hard time with people who expect me to be super strong and bright all the time,” he told Radio Times.
“Life is definitely not like that. The truth is, I’m not always strong and I’m not always good at things. I think that’s probably why I’m afraid to meet a lot of people. I don’t really appreciate the attention. I am more and more aware of its weaknesses and flaws.
Grylls splits his time between a houseboat on the River Thames in Battersea, south-west London, and a small island off the Welsh coast, and said he received an emotional boost from walking his dogs each morning.
“Whatever the weather, there’s something about breathing fresh air and feeling the wet grass under your feet that really helps me,” he said.