We’re always on the go. We’re always multitasking. It’s a faced paced world and we need to keep up with it or be left behind.
Maybe that’s not true… Maybe always being on the go, multitasking and keeping up with the rest of society is hurting us.
Alright, I’ve already covered the dangers and damage caused by multitasking in the We’ve Become Idiots… Why?… Multitasking, so you can check that out if you like, it has some interesting/disturbing info!
On with the point!
I have a major problem of not being able to allow myself to be blank… more than just the average relaxing, but just blank out. I feel like if I’m not doing something, thinking about something productive, not writing or working on something that I’m doing something wrong. As you’ll come to find out, most of my epiphanies have come about or put into practice only recently. I’ve come to realize that maybe me having a day where my mind is just blank, is a good thing. I wondered if it’s like my brain is telling me I need to slow down, pause, reset and just take a minute to breathe.
We need to allow ourselves this time to not really be focused on anything, let our mind fully relax and just be free for a little while. Doing that we’re able to see things differently or see things at all. Take our time to really enjoy being free from the chaos of life. People are so busy getting things done, heads down looking at our phones, checking social media, and just looking for the next thing and the next thing that we’re missing out on so much and burning ourselves out.
We’re at this heightened sense of urgency that puts us in this stress out state constantly that our adrenaline is always kicked on and our cortisol levels are high. Our bodies weren’t meant to be in this constant heightened state of stress. If you think about it, stress is a basic survival sense. Stress kicks in, our adrenaline starts pumping, we’re aware of our surroundings and trying to figure out how to survive. For Example: We’re walking in the woods, it’s peaceful, birds are chirping, tweedley deet, the air is crisp, fresh and smells like rain, it’s cool and refreshing on your skin… it’s perfect, and relaxing AND THEN!! A BEAR! You’re senses are suddenly turned up to super hero X-Men mode… your adrenaline starts pumping, you’re full of energy that will help you survive this situation.
Now, most of us haven’t and most likely won’t run into a bear at any point in our lives, but you get the point there. My point is, we’re constantly bombarded with mundane stress that is overloading us and burning us out. Being at this constant state can cause adrenal burnout, which is an actual thing! We’re harming ourselves by living this constant fast paced life. We don’t have to stop living our lives, but we do need to be able to stop, take a breather, blank out for a while and reset. Otherwise, we’re no better than the person who’s burned out their brain from doing too many lines of coke.
Let’s just see what happens when we allow ourselves and listen to the cues our bodies/brains are telling us. We should figure out how to carve out some time for ourselves and be better off than the people who refuse to slow down and take a moment. I think we might be surprised on how much better and productive we can be with our lives if we do that.