Your Smartphone constantly chirps and buzzes at you. You routinely carry on four simultaneous chats on What's App, accidentally sending the wrong thing to the wrong person. You can't watch anything on Netflix without googling that minor, inconsequential character to figure where you know him from.
Do you feel like you are never fully engaged in the moment? Join the club.
That's why mindfulness events like Wisdom 2.0 are cropping up everywhere. If you’re fortunate enough to be a student at Niagara College, in November they featured Mindful Moments workshops (Welland and NOTL campuses!).
So how can disconnecting from technology, practicing mindfulness and living in the present moment (even for just 15 minutes a day) help you?
- It helps us deal with our emotions
- It helps us appreciate everyday life
- It improves health and reduces stress
- It takes us out of automatic responses and makes us more aware of our actions
- It increases focus – especially beneficial while you're preparing for exams
- Notice your breathing – slow it down and take deep breaths
- Pay attention to your surroundings and what you are doing – really taste what you are eating, focus on one thing at a time, be present for the person you're with (resist the urge to text when they're talking)
- Notice the situations where you tend to let your mind wander (driving, brushing your teeth, in class) and come back to the present moment