A big happy Monday to you, I hope that your day is filled with purposeful movement and laughter! I have a pretty big secret that I'd like to share with you today.... Well it is kind of a secret, certainly something that I never thought would be a problem. I have become addicted to technology, to being connected. Shocking right? But seriously I have become accustomed to checking my phone way too often - sometimes at 3am after visiting the toilet I lie there checking my phone with one eye open - and you know what? I feel like my attention span is so limited as a result.
That being said I made an executive decision in my life a few days ago and I turned the majority of notifications off on my phone. I know, I'm now living dangerously! I figured it would be less distracting and I would be able to focus more on the world around me. It has worked out really well, I feel like I am more attentive, however, there is still the slight lingering fear of missing out, A.K.A - FOMO.
I can't quite decide if it is comforting or worrying that on my break the other night there were 5 members of staff all sitting reading their phones, myself included, or that when I got on the bus yesterday I looked around and everyone was on their phone, heads down staring at palms. I'm leaning toward the idea that we are becoming so connected that we are forgetting ourselves.
In 2012 it was said that smartphones, especially email to smartphones, has added at least two hours to the work week. Whilst all of this technology is amazing, I know a lot of people who find the constant buzzing, bleeping and need to be connected very stressful. So how do we solve this problem? How do we stay connected but control ourselves?
Well, I believe the best way of finding balance this out is setting aside a quiet 10/15 minutes each day to sit, or lie down with eyes closed and BREATHE. The more technical term would be diaphragmatic breathing, taking deep controlled breaths to relax the mind, ultimately reducing anxiety. This technique is similar to meditation and can help to relieve tension and stress, not only that but if you look at the routines of very successful people, you'll find they always make time for meditation.
Add this to your routine for a whole week I can guarantee that you'll feel more calm and in control, this will ultimately lead to better decision making and a healthier lifestyle. Sounds simple right? That's because it is simple; I quoted Kate Corcoran in one of my previous blog posts. "If we don't make time for health, we have to make time for sickness." That includes our brains melting from information overload!
If we can create some time each day to channel our thoughts and breathe then we are opening up a world of possibilities. I am not just writing this for you, I am writing this for me too. It is crucial for us to progress in life no matter what we do, if we allow distractions to cloud our judgement and thoughts then we will find it harder to move forwards. When our minds are more balanced we can find that intrinsic motivation to chase the dreams that we have, to do the things we want with our lives!
I challenge you to try it out this week, who knows, you might learn something awesome about yourself in the process.
Have a great, peaceful week ahead!
Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
Brendan is the owner and head trainer at Raw Motion Fitness.