Brits spend over five hours a day staring at their phones according to recent research, now add to that the time spent at computers and iPad’s and you’re looking at a big chunk of your day spent multi-tasking and usually multi screening, working our way through our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Social media can make us feel more connected to those around us, but what about being connected to ourselves? A recent study published by the journal Preventive Medicine found that those who frequently check social media are three times more likely to have sleep disturbance than those who scroll less often – even those who aren’t checking right before bed, and so many of us are guilty of late night scrolling, which we all know by now can lead to a less than peaceful sleep!
So, how do we combat this? Let’s start by being realistic. For many of us it can’t be about turning everything off completely for days on end – our busy lives just won’t allow it! One thing that we really try to promote at Sardinia Yoga is finding balance and finding what works for us individually. So turning the phone off for days on end isn’t realistic but how about keeping it in our bags and away from the mat during a yoga session and try working on ‘out of sight, out of mind’.
How about fitting a restorative yoga session into your day, even if it’s just for 20 minutes and allow your mind to switch off and focus on the postures of the session. Or, how about finding a relaxing meditation – YouTube is full of meditation videos, ranging from 10 minutes to much deeper and longer meditation practices.
Sometime the thought of mediation can be a bit intimidating, so before you head to bed, put your phone on the other side of the room and just sit still for a minute or two and turn your attention to your breathing. Breathe naturally through your nostrils and become aware of the sensation of the breath as it travels through your body.
What would you recommend as a way of switching off at the end of a long day? Share your tips in the comment box below, we’d love to hear from you!