One thing we can watch out for is not spending too long in front of a screen, especially what I call “lean forward” screens: laptops, tablets, mobile phones, or gaming consoles.
Because they naturally tend to cause more stimulation, and then we tend to hold our breath which makes the amygdala think there is an emergency. Instead, what we really want to do is relax the mind and body when we are engaging with those devices.
When we are in front of a screen, let’s notice our breathing, notice our stress levels, our racing thoughts, perhaps we have this feeling that, “Come on, let’s get this done!”. Let’s breathe slower and deeper whilst on a screen, as well as doing everything 30% slower.
Ultimately, I hope that we are all limiting our time in front of a screen. You do not have to take my word for it, try it for yourself and notice how many times you stop your breath whilst trying to get something done on a screen.
Ashok Gupta is the Director of the Gupta Program. He has dedicated his life to helping people get their life back from Chronic Illness, improving people’s well-being, and helping them achieve their potential. He has been teaching meditation around the world for over 15 years. He runs a global e-clinic specializing in treating ME, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia & Multiple Chemical Sensitivities – guptaprogram.com
Ashok has spent many years researching the brain neurology of emotion and linking well-being tools with science. He has published medical papers on the basis of stress-related illnesses. He has appeared in many media as an expert on stress on the BBC, CNN, Guardian Newspaper, ITV, The Independent, and many others.
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