Mindfulness, Meditation, & Deep Relaxation
Funny how sitting still and doing nothing can actually be one of the most difficult things to do.
We often think that we can’t wait to ‘switch off’ but then when it comes down to it, what we actually do is distract ourselves instead — TV, laptop, phones, whatever it is to keep away from the dreaded ‘inner dialogue,’ streams of consciousness, or loops of thoughts that pass through the mind.
A busy lifestyle in a modern urban or technological environment can be a nightmare for the subtle physiology of the body, and thus in turn, your mind.
Highly stressed environments take their toll. Whether fast-paced and over-adrenalising or relatively sedentary and desk-oriented, the circumstances combine to stress the body particularly when combined with long hours in front of a screen (which irritates the hypothalamus of the brain).
This strain is further amplified by a 24/7 communication culture, with texts, emails, and calls arriving at all times making it easy to lose perspective of a healthy work-life balance and to lose connection with natural rhythms of activity and rest.
Effect on your Mind
All this activity lends itself to an over-busy mind, often still processing information long after work has finished, a sense of inner frustration and feeling of being locked into a Mental Hamster wheel that it’s very difficult to climb out of.
You know what happens when you are in your mind? You lose track of all the good bits of life that are actually going on around you, which, of course, you need to experience through your senses.