By Pallavi Sharma
If we were to watch a movie of a day in our lives, it will be quite shocking how little time we have for ourselves to unwind and relax. What is more interesting is that individuals don’t seem to be bothered by it anymore. They have accepted the mind-numbing craziness as a part of life and are willing to go on with it. They have forgotten to stop for a second and ask themselves, where are they really going and what are they doing?
I too have been a part of that kind of a lifestyle and in some ways still am. But what I realized was I could not go on too long with the high intensity and stressful schedule. And I also cant be waiting for that one big vacation which is probably two months down the line. It is absolutely imperative to go on little mini-vacations throughout the day and the first step to doing that is “deteching” or “de-technologizing” yourself.
Constantly staying connected with facebook, twitter and emails creates a sense of urgency in our brain. The urgency to take that phone call, or reply to that text, or comment quite sweetly on your friend’s picture even when you know she looked horrible in that dress or tweeting about your new car. All these different forms of technology sap our energy, lower our focus and concentration and raise the stress level. So here are the ways I use to reduce stress in my busy life:
1). Prioritization: This is key to life’s success. To lead a hollistic life, it is absolutely important to prioritize what is most important to you on a day to day basis, and getting to those tasks first when your energy levels are still high. This will reduce your stress by making you feel more productive.
2). 30 minute work slots: While at work, or at home, I try to work in 30 minute slots. According to wikipedia, an individual finds it hard to truly focus on one thing more than 40 minutes at a stretch http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attention_span. Hence it is impossible to produce quality results if we keep working without taking short breaks. I push myself to get up from my desk, stretch, walk until the break room, converse a little with my co-workers, grab a glass of water and then back to my desk in about 5 to 7 minutes. This helps me be more productive and lets my mind rejuvenate and be ready for the next 30 minutes.
3). Practicing detachment from technology: Out of all the different ways, this is probably the most important way to reduce stress. Give yourself an hour everyday to be away from the television, smart phone, or your laptop, and simply immerse yourself in a less stressful activity like reading, painting, listening to soothing music, meditating, or even playing a musical instrument. Working out at the gym does not count as a de-stressing activity, as it creates a lot of mental and physical stress. As Robin Sharma says, “Being stressed is not a bad thing. It pushes you to achieve your goals. But what is important is what you do after that stressful time has elapsed. How do you heal yourself?”.
4). Smile: Like mentioned in one of my previous posts, smile does a better job at de-stressing you, which even 2000 bars of chocolate cant. Remind yourself to smile at all times. One good trick that I use is to read funny articles and watch Tom and Jerry cartoons sometimes. Those instantly put a smile on my face. https://stayfitchronicles.com/2013/03/02/become-a-superhero-just-smile/
So please make time everyday to heal yourself from the stressful life we all lead, and make time for de-technologizing yourself.