Tempting isn’t it? When you are watching the television you could just check your social media, emails, pop onto Amazon or surf the web and flick your attention back and forth from screen to screen. Some clients admit they have a few screens on at the same time whilst they catch up on various tv shows, they also admit they miss half the program due to their attention being spread thinly and eventually give on on the latest box set as it’s gone from exciting to “something that’s on in the background.”
We demand way too much from it and then insist it shuts off immediately when we go to bed, for a lot of people that simply isn’t going to happen and sleep disorders are also now on the increase. Your nervous system if it’s under too much strain repeatedly will tell you there’s a problem and that’s where anxiety, stress and depression can kick in.
Signs of trouble
These can include, worrying, overanalysing, trouble with decision making, memory issues, feeling anxious, sleep issues, low and over reacting. If these sound familiar then it’s time to take your brain health seriously.
During the day our minds are bombarded with an incredible amount of information, sights, sounds, smells and what we have touched and tasted. It’s amazing that when you add to that our emotional states, thought processes about the past and future and our normal day to day activities on top, it’s a wonder our brains are still able to function with so much going on. It’s a brilliant super computer but it does need your help.
It does function better when we rest it and get a good nights sleep, but with our determination culturally to wear an “i’m super busy” badge of honour, brains are becoming strained and the effects can be devastating
One thing you can begin to do is to relax in the evening, amazingly even when I mention that to some clients they literally shudder at the thought of not doing something productive. The value of being busy has somehow become more valuable than a life of quality. When anxiety and stress begin to show it’s often a sign that you need to reassess what you are rushing around and multi tasking for and what else is actually more important?
Give your brain a break
Reduce screen time and multiple screen time as it’s too stimulating and reduces the quality of what your attention could fully be on in that moment.
Alcohol to chill out actually stress’s your body out and reduces sleep quality.
Alcohol also plays havoc with your blood sugar levels which tends to lead to carb overloading and more stress on the body. Reassess your drinking habits and what it’s really doing to your quality of life.
Get outside, an evening, daytime walk in areas where the scenery doesn’t change much like the countryside or seaside can help reduce pressure on an overstimulated mind.
Caffeine in the late afternoon and evenings overstimulate your nervous system and reduces sleep quality.
Bedrooms are for sex and sleep only, if your bedroom resembles an entertainment centre then how can your mind not associate being stimulated in this place?
Noise pollution is becoming more of a problem, do what you can to minimise sounds around you like turning off the background tv and radio.
Use an app like Headspace which is available for most platforms. It’s a simple and effective way to teach your brain to slow down and take the strain off it.
Focus on one task at a time using strategies like the Pomodoro Technique which is fantastic in helping you develop your concentration skills.
Lastly I would really recommend giving yourself some time to think through your day, worries, achievements and so on. If you remain busy and distracted all day right up until bedtime then it won’t be a surprise when the thoughts you have not given time for will suddenly pop up and demand your attention. Even if it’s 15 minutes sat in a room, bath, garden or on the loo, it can be a wonderful tonic for the mind.
The tips above can really help your brain calm down and strengthen for the really important parts of life you need physical and mental energy for. If you don’t give yourself time then the price to pay can be huge and what you are doing all for this will be at risk. Just some simple maintenance and change go bad habits can go a long way but if you do struggle then contact me and we can go from there.