A lot of the time now we are on the go and busy with so many things occupying our lives that we forget to just take a break. We have so much going on and commit to saying; YES we need to do this, that and the third, otherwise we will have to face x,y& z consequences. Now, granted we have responsibilities, but sometimes can we just give ourselves time to take a chill pill? Sit back, breathe, take it all in to be still in the moment. Life’s responsibilities can often pull us from here to there and constantly causing us to be on the go. We find our minds being occupied by copious amounts of little things that don’t really matter in the grand scheme of things. Always thinking about what’s next- sometimes take the passenger seat and let life take the wheel.
Last week I attended Sprint, a 3 day women’s development programme for undergraduates. It was all about encouraging professional women to harness their holistic health; encompassing the mind, body and wellness. In between the days we would have breaks for deep breathing and meditation for literally 5 minutes, it seems small but just adds that bit of serenity to your day. Sometimes literally just coming out of your head- clears your head.
It’s okay to go with the flow and let the reigns go sometimes. Ironically, my tattoo says ‘mind over matter‘; which I guess I do, I let my mind rule and plan all things matter. But I deeped it, a new perspective, what really matters is the mind itself. It too needs TLC and a break. It’s the hardest working organ in your body and without it you cease to exist. Health is wealth- and your mind is gold. Take care of it, often we only realise when we’re exhausted and burnt out.
5 facts about multitasking and the brain;
- Multitasking leads to as much as a 40% drop in productivity, increased stress, and a 10% drop in IQ (Bergman, 2010). Resulting in decreases in attention span, learning, performance, and short-term memory
- Media’s power to interrupt is growing exponentially. In one study a group of Microsoft workers took an average of 15 minutes to return to serious mental tasks (writing reports or computer code), after responding to incoming email or instant messages.
- Our attention spans are getting shorter. In 2000, the average attention span was 12 seconds. Now it’s 8 seconds. That’s shorter than the 9-second attention span of the average goldfish.- a friggin GOLDFISH, bruh its mad
- Naps improve your brains day to day performance by helping to solidify memories
- Think you’re in control of your life? Think again. 95% of your decisions take place in your subconscious mind.
Do you ever sometimes daydream? In your head everything is planned out and perfect. So surreal with sparkles, sweet sounds of singing, soft surroundings and being all attune to the subtle sublime intricacies of life. Whilst Jhené Aiko’s mellifluous mellow melodies melt into the background and the ethereal atmosphere consumes you; the warm water and sunshine caressing your skin letting it deepen the shades of melanin magic and removing each trouble with every turn of the tide– OK, now snap the back to reality *Eminem voice*. More time, the best things happens without all that scrupulous planning. You never know, what may happen in life when you just set aside all your methodical calculations- like sorry Einstein, got it all figured out and that. Just take that chance and don’t worry so much about having everything under control- the chance you take can be life changing after all.
There’s a reason why everything has happened the way it has. Why you are here in this moment and time, location and generation. If you didn’t take that route to work or attended that specific uni/college, or even chosen to walk left rather than right, your outcome would be different. All these choices are the bricks that pave the road and journey we take in life. Tomorrow isn’t promised, and not everything has to be planned out. I’m sure God laughs at us when we plan and be like – lololol oh, you thoug
ht, you rilly rilly thought- nice try young naïve soul. Everything will happen by the volition of God, and His timing is perfect timing. Scripture says, ‘Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself’ Matthew 6:34 . Each day has enough trouble of its own.
So my challenge to you is, mental time out and choose pick one of the following…
- Take a break of at least 15 minutes when working; Studies have shown that this improves productivity by allowing for mind-wandering, this means no social media (you can listen to music tho ;)).
- Meditate- research links meditation to a decrease in stress and anxiety, and an increase in creativity, memory recall and productivity
- Listen to your body, if yuh need fi sleep- gwan ah yuh bed.
Go with the flow, as Dory says just keep swimming x
Thanks for joining me, nice to have you here but I want you to go now. GO! Go on, close them beautiful eyes for me- just be present in the moment and relax for a couple minutes, pretty pleaseeee. You deserve a rest, don’t feel guilty- you’ve earned it.
P.S. If you have any tips I’d love to know, share them in the comments 🙂