We live a life of jarring contradictions. On one hand we are all wired into technology – enabling us to accomplish 24/7 thus becoming crazy busy. On the other hand Nature has hardwired us to live in accordance to a more balanced rhythm.
Most people adhere to the pattern of the over-doer, both at home and at work. That endless to-do list keeps growing, texts and tweets are chirping in, emails await your response and Facebook “friends” you barely recall just want to share. Yet, we feel under-accomplished and dissatisfied.
Today’s presentation discusses how our addiction to technology interferes with our natural rhythm and provides strategies to help us Unplug and Reconnect™, tune out distractions, and reconnect with our inner selves and the people around us. “Stress will always land on your doorstep, but you don’t have to constantly open the door.”
It is vital to reset your natural rhythm because when you are breathing rhythmically, walking and talking rhythmically, your bodily processes are in sync; you are in harmony with yourself and you will be in rhythm with others instead of feeling irritable with everyone. This is why music and dancing effectively change your mood, because they correspond to the rhythm of the human heart beat.
Follow your heart which rests between beats. The human heart is designed to last a life time.
How to Reboot Your System – Naturally
- No matter where you live, you have 4 rooms in your house: the physical room, the emotional room, the intellectual room and the spiritual room. You need to walk into every room every day.
- Slow down and let nature be your teacher. Take a walk outside to inhale and absorb the natural scenery. Stretch your eyes with the landscape to counteract all the detailed work you do.
- Bring nature into your office and home by going green with plants which absorb toxins and increase humidity during heating season. Spring bulbs can bloom in the winter in your home.
- Create an absolutely- no-technology zone in your home, which means no clock, where you can unwind. On your day off remove your wrist watch for a few hours.
- Express yourself naturally as opposed to saying what people want to hear. Be open and direct.
- Reset your memory’s natural rhythm by learning new information just before you go to sleep.
- Balance your two brains, the primal limbic brain and the cognitive brain by reconciling feelings with rational thinking.
- Tune out distractions and unplug from the internet; focus on one task, just driving or one conversation at a time. Use this as an opportunity for clarity and improved focus.
- Be in the moment and don’t dilute it. One moment could be good, the next one better.
- Don’t eat unnatural processed foods with ingredients you can’t pronounce. Food and mood correlate highly. Eat balanced to be balanced.
- Activity Alleviates Anxiety. Human beings are designed to move stress out of their bodies. Move the body and the mind will follow.
- Shut down your computer and TV every night while you power up your sleep – even if they are on in another room.
- Begin every day with a fresh clean slate, a new beginning, alive and alert to possibility.
Debbie Mandel, MA is the author of Addicted to Stress: A Woman’s 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life, Changing Habits: The Caregivers’ Total Workout and Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul, a stress-management specialist. She is the host of the weekly Turn On Your Inner Light Show on WGBB AM1240 in New York and has been featured on radio/ TV and print media. To learn more visit: www.turnonyourinnerlight.com