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How a Five-Minute Silence Can Counteract the Invasion of Technology to Your Brain

How a Five-Minute Silence Can Counteract the Invasion of Technology to Your Brain

Do you feel stressed?

Can’t get away from technology scraping for every second of your attention?

Today, it seems like everyone is tied to their smartphone, laptop, and almost anything else with a screen. Recent research discovered that in an average week, users check their phone more than 1,500 times to do various tasks from emails and playing games to posting on social media.

Technology has invaded every waking second of our lives. It’s too much.

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How do we remove ourselves from the tech world without going insane? The truth is we don’t need to do anything drastic; we just need a short period of peace and quiet.

Is that too much to ask?

It can feel that way, especially when we drop all the technology we’re using, and we still can’t get away from it. Our friends are constantly telling us to look at this photo or check out this snap.

As a result, we feel more irritable than usual, depressed, annoyed when around people, increasingly fatigued, and hit more creative roadblocks. The first step of taking action to fix a problem is recognizing there is a problem. So if this is you, then a moment of solitude can do wonders to help alleviate these stresses.

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It’s important to find balance in our lives. Moments of solitude give us just that along with some other benefits. According to a research study in 2006, taking time out even once a day to have a brief period of solitude has significant effects on increasing well-being and relieving stress.

We take for granted the benefits of using a short amount of time for only ourselves. Making a little room in our schedules to get away from everything can make an incredible difference in lives. Solitude allows your unconscious to take apart problems and find answers. Moreover, it can give you a substantial boost in energy and creativity.

So, where do you start?

With only five minutes of silence, you can counteract the invasion of technology in your life.

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You may be wondering what five minutes can do for you. After all, it’s only five minutes. Even so, the truth is many of us can’t remember the last time we took five minutes of silence to reflect for an extended period. This may be weeks, months, or for some of us workaholics, even years.

And all of us can find five minutes of silence in our day. It’s an easy start and an amazing addition to our daily lives.

Thomas Merton once said, “Solitude is not something you must hope for in the future. Rather, it is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it.”

The best way to find a moment of solitude is to make it part of your daily routine. If finding solitude is not a habit, then committing to it will be much harder. It’s easy to put off a five-minute task to the point where you might just forget about it.

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So, set aside five minutes — preferably the same time every day — to find peace and quiet. Maybe there are already times in your day when you are alone to relax, or times you can easily take more advantage of such as a lunch break. And I’m sure if you think of the amount of things you do in a day; there are one or two of which you can replace with a quick moment of solitude.

Some simple steps for finding solitude include getting into a relaxing position. For many of us, that means sitting down. Make sure the area you’re in is far from noise and other distractions. Now, focus on your breathing. Don’t overthink anything, just relax.

And with only five minutes of silence, you’ll feel happier, get a creative boost, and have more focus.

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Last Updated on September 12, 2019

12 Things You Should Remember When Feeling Lost in Life

12 Things You Should Remember When Feeling Lost in Life

Even the most charismatic people you know, whether in person or celebrities of some sort, experience days where they feel lost in life and isolated from everyone else.

While it’s good to know we aren’t alone in this feeling, the question still remains:

What should we do when we feel lost and lonely?

Here are 12 things to remember:

1. Recognize That It’s Okay!

The truth is, there are times you need to be alone. If you’ve always been accustomed to being in contact with people, this may prove difficult.

However, learning how to be alone and comfortable in your own skin will give you confidence and a sense of self reliance.

We cheat ourselves out of the opportunity to become self reliant when we look for constant companionship.

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2. Use Your Lost and Loneliness as a Self-Directing Guide

You’ve most likely heard the expression: “You have to know where you’ve been to know where you’re going.”

Loneliness also serves as a life signal to indicate you’re in search of something. It’s when we’re in the midst of solitude that answers come from true soul searching.

Remember, there is more to life than what you’re feeling.

3. Realize Loneliness Helps You Face the Truth

Being in the constant company of others, although comforting sometimes, can often serve as a distraction when we need to face the reality of a situation.

Solitude cuts straight to the chase and forces you to deal with the problem at hand. See it as a blessing that can serve as a catalyst to set things right!

4. Be Aware That You Have More Control Than You Think

Typically, when we see ourselves as being lost or lonely, it gives us an excuse to view everything we come in contact with in a negative light. It lends itself to putting ourselves in the victim mode, when the truth of the matter is that you choose your attitude in every situation.

No one can force a feeling upon you! It is YOU who has the ultimate say as to how you choose to react.

5. Embrace the Freedom That the Feeling of Being Alone Can Offer

Instead of wallowing in self pity, which many are prone to do because of loneliness, try looking at your circumstance as a new-found freedom.

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Most people are in constant need of approval of their viewpoints. Try enjoying the fact that  you don’t need everyone you care about to support your decisions.

6. Acknowledge the Person You Are Now

Perhaps you feel a sense of loneliness and confusion because your life circumstances have taken you away from the persona that others know to be you.

Perhaps the new you differs radically from the old. Realize that life is about change and how we react to that change. It’s okay that you’re not who you used to be.

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7. Keep Striving to Do Your Best

Often those who are feeling isolated and unto themselves will develop a defeatist attitude. They’ll do substandard work because their self esteem is low and they don’t care.

Never let this feeling take away your sense of worth! Do your best always and when you come through this dark time, others will admire how you stayed determined in spite of the obstacles you had to overcome.

And to live your best life, you must do this ONE thing: step out of your comfort zone.

8. Don’t Forget That Time Is Precious

When we’re lost in a sea of loneliness and depression, it’s all too easy to reflect on regrets of past life events. This does nothing but feed negativity and perpetuate the situation.

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Instead of falling prey to this common pitfall, put one foot in front of the other and acknowledge every positive step you take. By doing this, you can celebrate the struggles you overcome at the end of the day.

9. Remember, Things Happen for a Reason

Every circumstance we encounter in our life is designed to teach us and that lesson is in turn passed on to others.

Sometimes we’re fortunate enough to figure out the lesson to be learned, while other times, we simply need to have faith that if the lesson wasn’t meant directly for us to learn from, how we handled it was observed by someone who needed to learn.

Your solitude and feeling of lost, in this instance, although painful possibly, may be teaching someone else.

10. Journal During This Time

Record your thoughts when you’re at the height of loneliness and feeling lost. You’ll be amazed when you reflect back at how you viewed things at the time and how far you’ve come later.

This time (if recorded) can give you a keen insight into who you are and what makes you feel the way you feel.

11. Remember You Aren’t the First to Feel This Way

It’s quite common to feel as if we’re alone and no one else has ever felt this way before. We think this because at the time of our distress, we’re silently observing others around us who are seemingly fine in every way.

The truth is, we can’t possibly know the struggles of those around us unless they elect to share them. We ALL have known this pain!

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Try confiding in someone you trust and ask them how they deal with these feelings when they experienced it. You may be surprised at what you learn.

12. Ask for Help If the Problem Persists

The feeling of being lost and lonely is common to everyone, but typically it will last for a relatively short period of time.

Most people will confess to, at one time or another, being in a “funk.” But if the problem persists longer than you feel it should, don’t ignore it.

When your ability to reason and consider things rationally becomes impaired, do not poo poo the problem away and think it isn’t worthy of attention. Seek medical help.

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Final Thoughts

Loneliness and a sense of feeling lost can in many ways be extremely painful and difficult to deal with at best. However, these feelings can also serve as a catalyst for change in our lives if we acknowledge them and act.

Above anything, cherish your mental well being and don’t underestimate its worth. Seek professional guidance if you’re unable to distinguish between a sense of freedom for yourself and a sense of despair.

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