Feeling overloaded? Learn to relax!

The 21st Century has brought with it many wonderful innovations, theories and practices but in the age of commercial globalisation, wifi connectivity and social media at our fingertips we seem to have forgotten about the need to literally switch off sometimes! Our daily life has become way too crowded and so have our minds.  The average number of hours of sleep has become a prevalent concern in recent years, nor can we just sit and enjoy the view from the train window or park bench when there are emails awaiting a reply!

Multi-tasking is another practice that was welcomed with, well, one open arm (whilst the other was loading the dishwasher) but how effective are you really? Can anyone truly be effective in what they do when they are working on various tasks simultaneously? 

Undeniably, it does make you feel good when you get lots done, but it is a risky juggling act and on closer inspection it does reveal a lack of true focus and consciousness. Mindfulness and multitasking are in conflict here yet both are preached to us in various guises.

One example is in the general conversations we have every day. How frequently do you fail to recall the details of a conversation unless you have written it down? Mindfulness experts talk to us about the need to be ‘in the moment’ and engaged in the conversation to make the other person feel valued and to focus on the matter in hand. We are far more likely to remember the details if there had been some awareness or consciousness in play at the time. 

There is a clear link between imbalance and the mind in Ayurveda. If you suffer from overthinking, brain fog or the inability to slow your thoughts then you would most definitely benefit from some therapeutic head massage or shirodhara (oil pouring) and a consultation to unpack what is causing the issue. 

Mindfulness is a difficult skill to master. In today’s world it is made almost impossible due to the many demands upon us at any one time. Ten minute bursts of mindfulness or meditation have been proven to have profound effects on mental well-being and the natural ability to focus on ‘the here and now’ as we go through our day. 

Meditation trains us not only to let things go but, seemingly ironically, to watch our thoughts as they pass along the mental river. With regular practice we can become aware of the mind’s activity and to follow one thought at a time, then to be able to refrain from boarding that ship. 

The end result of regular practice of mindfulness or meditation will be a noticeably less crowded mind; one that can focus on one thing at a time, the ability to pay due attention to someone in conversation and to be able to remember the details the following day!