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Our January Article Of The Month :
Simple Ways to WellBalance(tm) Acute Stress Symptoms:
A Website That Assists Us to
Simply Pause and, “Do Nothing” for Two Minutes . . .
by AfraShe Asungi, LCSW, MSW, MFA ~ January, 2011
H ere’s a rather novel way for all classic “extreme internet users” to take a [meditational?] breather, to momentarily "de-stress" and “Do Nothing” during those days when we've clearly spent a way too much time online . . .
This site was apparently created as an online meditation middle-ground for anyone who doubts that they are, in fact, spending far too much time on their electronic toys. One major recommendation today for reducing many stress-related symptoms is meditation. However, a great many electronic devices-dependent wimmin, who has tried to attune to the recently popular curative art of meditation can tell you it’s not as easy as it seems.
Particularly since it’s so much easier to “zone-out” via the Internet, portable games, smart phones, and endless television and movies we can watch. For those seeking a meditational middle-ground, there is even a website where you can stay connected to your favorite “devices” while mindfully [or is it mindlessly?] doing absolutely nothing for two [whole] minutes, which, as we know can be a life time for any serious internet user.
According to Alex Tew, the sites’ creator:
“I had been thinking how we spend every waking minute of the day with access to an unlimited supply of information, to the point of information overload. I also read somewhere that there is evidence that our brains are being re-wired by the internet, because we get a little dopamine kick every time we check our e-mail or Twitter or Facebook and there’s a new update. So we’re all developing a bit of ADD. Which is probably not great in terms of being productive.”
Of course, it goes without saying that I recommend that you continue to endeavor to regularly taking a “be still and do nothing” stress reduction break from it all, but in the meantime, if you know you’re just not there yet, here’s a another middle-ground way to developing your capacity to be still, stop the mind stimuli long enough to allow your mind/body to gain some relief from those things we can’t easily refrain from, as internet columnist, Jamie Frevele has so humorously shared:
“Truth is, it’s not hard to do nothing for two minutes, sitting back and listening to waves while keeping your hands off your computer. But then again, not everyone does yoga. Some people just can’t sit still. There’s an email to check, a text to answer, a site possibly updating … and that’s why we all need to give this a try. Seriously — go try it.”
Here's Our Additional WellBalance Suggestion for How you can Develop a Few Simple Relaxation and Stress Reduction Tools As Well As Your Willingness to Regularly Use Them:
So, here’s what you can also do . . . for every day you spend 4 hours or more on your electric devices / internet, etc, commit to spending a 2-min session on this site, until you are ready to go to a real body of water [lake river, or ocean – or even about 30 minutes in a quite bath will suffice]. And when you find that you’re actually enjoying this taking these moments to simply “be still”, then take the next step by adding short, 15 minute meditations a minimum of 2-3 times a week or on those days when you’re really stressed out [ so you can do it at lunch time or even just before you go to bed after a stressful day . . .].
But for now, until you’ve successfully built up enough stamina for the above, you can just commit to beginning with the plan of regularly “semi-de-stressing“ by taking time to, “Do Nothing” for Two Minutes . . .” by following through with a regular commitment to not doing at http://www.donothingfor2minutes.com . . .