“Mindfulness, as it is practiced in the West, focuses almost exclusively on self-awareness as a strategy to enhance personal happiness,” according to Tchiki Davis, Ph.D.
In this modern age of technology, it seems like everything is fast-paced. Many people are always in a hurry to accomplish something. It is ironic how the advancements in the digital age can still drive people away from each other. Instead of being present at the moment, many individuals prefer to use their phones or tablets to entertain themselves. They fail to realize that because of what they are doing, they start to develop stress and anxiety.
“Mindfulness is an attitude to living that helps you be more open, compassionate, and self-aware. It involves deliberately directing your attention away from autopilot and negative, judging thoughts, allowing you to be more present and connected to whatever is happening right now,” says Melanie Greenberg Ph.D.
For this reason, everyone is highly encouraged to start being mindful of what is going on in his life. Each of us must appreciate and learn the value of mindfulness in this world where technology seems to have taken control of us. “Mindfulness at its core is being aware of your experiences as you are experiencing them and suspending judgment about them,” according to Stuart J. Eisendrath MD.
Below are some of the tips and tricks on how we can reach this ultimate goal:
Take Some Time Off
Do not be afraid to break your routine and go on with your day without thinking of any responsibility. Make sure to remind yourself of the importance of taking a break from everything that is keeping you busy. Take note that failure to do this can lead to too much stress. You will start to become grumpy and moody if you do not give yourself a chance to enjoy a quick vacation.
Keep Your Phone Away
Learn how to hide your phone when it is not in use. For example, during the weekends when people are not expected to call you for work-related matters and everyone in the family is at home, then be sure to keep your mobile phone in the bedroom. Instead of randomly browsing via the Internet or playing games, try to bond with your loved ones. Never let technology create a gap among you and those who matter in your life.
Turn Your Tablet Off
The best recommendation that you have to try tonight is to keep any device or gadget off your bed. As much as possible, make an effort to restrict yourself from using these items once you are already ready to go to sleep. The ideal thing to do is to turn your phone or tablet off so that you will not be tempted to check its content. Another option available is to turn it in a silent mode so that you will get a good night’s rest.
Wake Up Early
Make it a habit of rising early and happy in the morning. According to a recent study, people who wake up before six in the morning are more likely to experience success in this world. As such, it is proper to say that getting enough sleep at night can help a lot in achieving mindfulness in the age of digital technology. When you wake up early every single day, you will begin to feel a different sense of purpose in your life.
Schedule Internet Usage
If you believe that your problem with mindfulness has become severe, then do not hesitate to follow a strict schedule for your Internet usage. Set a particular limitation on when you can get access to the Internet connection at home or in the office. At the same time, learn how to set a schedule for using your social channels such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Once you do this, you will be surprised by the amount of extra time that you can use for other things in your life.
Mindfulness is not an easy thing to achieve, especially if there are several challenges along the way. What is important is to remind yourself of this ultimate goal to ensure that all your actions will be made in such a way that will make you happy.