8 Ways To Switch Off
In an 'always on' world it is difficult to set yourself free. The first thing to do when switching off is to actually 'switch off'. Switch off everything. Go fully analogue get a notepad and pen out and get your thoughts down on paper. The best way to do this is for a few days. Find a spa or event like Digital Detox and go analogue for a few days.
Feeling like you are not in control is a major reason we get stressed. Grab control and make a list and begin getting shit done is a good start. The key is not to procrastinate - just do it. This can be as simple as cleaning out your wardrobe or desk. But if something is occupying your mind get stuck into it. Set a fixed amount of time on the task and reward your output. Once you are back in control you'll be less stressed. This Bullet Journal technique is a great way to sort out your priorities.
Focusing on yourself is something that takes practice. It is probably best to take a guided mediation and do a course to understand how this works. There are plenty on YouTube to get you started. It is important to be in a room that you won't be distracted in. It is too easy to say 'this isn't for me' but with practice it can become a regular part of your day. This app is a great place to start.
Sleep is a healer. Studies have shown how important it is to daily performance. Turn off all your tech, get the phone away from your bed, get some black out blinds and sleep. Grab and pen and paper and put it beside the bed just in case that all important solution springs to mind. Don't eat too close to your sleep and aim for a solid 8 hours rest. If you are really struggling, consider ZMA a blend of zinc, magnesium and vitamin B that aids a restful night.
With sitting being the new smoking we find ourselves in a hunched over position with diaphragms tucked away. This depression of our body and system is a modern day issue. Breathing exercises can take moments but make a difference. It is conscious breathing and that extra oxygen and focus is enough to kick start your body and mind. One of my favourites is Alternate Nostril Breathing.
Starting in a comfortable meditative pose, hold the right thumb over the right nostril and inhale deeply through the left nostril. At the peak of inhalation, close off the left nostril with the ring finger, then exhale through the right nostril. Continue the pattern, inhaling through the right nostril, closing it off with the right thumb and exhaling through the left nostril. Enlightening!
You have to look around and appreciate the world we live in. When your head is in a laptop for hours a simple walk in a park to take in the different shades of green or capturing the sun in your face for just a few moments taps into your primitive being. For the best results capture the energising negative ions from the seaside, mountains or waterfalls.
Combining some exercise and nature is the best cure. Grab a surfboard and surround yourself with nature and get physical.
Converse With Someone You Love
Being present with someone is harder than you think. You have to pick your moments to work, check your phone and tweet. Being present in the moment with someone you love is key. Take someone for dinner and have a chat without any phones forget about everyone except the one you are with.
Intensive exercise is the best way to switch off from it all. All you want to think about is completing your exercise and doing it right. It needs to be on the bounds of your ability to get the full effect - basically you want your body going into survival mode. The world's biggest problems will seem solvable after taking out your rage on a punch bag, kettle bell or challenging workout.