Every time we hear the “ding” of our text message... or pull up Instagram and see our “likes”, something physical happens to our body. We get a rush of "feel goods".
A 2017 study found that:
"The minute you take a drug, drink alcohol, smoke a cigarette (if those are your poisons), and when you get a like on social media… all of those experiences produce dopamine, which is a chemical that’s associated with pleasure."
Here in 2021, It's no secret we're addicted to our phones and electronic devices. I know I'm on my phone all day for work, and I catch myself going online to "check on something" only to not remember why I got on my phone in the first place 30 minutes later.
As technology continues to steal our attention, it’s important to utilize tools to keep us focused, balanced, and present. And, it's important to use the devices vs. letting them use us.
We are in charge. So what do we do? Well...
We have to take what we learn and apply it to our every life. And we've got to start thinking, "how can I contribute to raising the vibration of the world?"
I'm sharing with you the top 3 ways I bring what I've learned and experienced in my everyday life:
1. Blackout time: When I’m in the tank I’m with just myself. No phone, no social media, no emails, nothing. Just me with me. I bring this concept to my life by having “blackout time” with my phone. In this day and age, it is imperative to create dedicated time where we are “unplugged”. While the tank is the ultimate place to exercise this, there are many other ways to exercise this like:
Turning your phone on airplane mode 60 minutes before bed
Leaving your phone in the car the next time you go for a hike or walk
2. Deep breathing & connection to my breath: When I’m in the tank I focus on a simple breathing technique. Breathing in for a count of 5, holding my breath for 5, exhaling for 5, and holding my breath out for 5. I practice this same technique in meditation or after working out. Lately, I’ve been working towards a single breath (inhale and exhale) getting up to one minute. It's a gamechanger.
3. Connecting with humans: Connecting with someone I don't know by striking up a convo. My thought is, “you never know if your next friend is the stranger sitting across from you”. I do this practice in life too - creating connections with the people around me. And it's super important to do that now. Yes, we can still smile through our masks. And yes, it makes a difference. If the stranger is too much, text a friend how much they mean to you.
These 3 things allow me to fill my cup and share my unique gifts with the world..