Distraction Addiction

In this day and age with so much information coming our way there seems to be an overwhelming need to slow down. Through social media and the internet, fast paced technology and worldwide news, leaving us overwhelmed and even more confused than not.  People are sharing, commenting, blogging, going live and God knows what else leaving little room to focus on one thing at a time. Seems that our brains have to find a magical way to multi task and focus on a great deal of information coming at us all at once.

Applications such as Podcasts and You Tube have replaced the common radio and television and although technology is growing and improving in lightning speed enabling us to do so many things easier than before, like communication on a world wide basis there is a downfall to all this.

Technology has people feeling restless, tired, impatient, overwhelmed, and on a deeper level people are longing for a reprieve, a breath, the need to take a break,  slow down, connect on deeper levels rather than only through FaceBook and Instagram. The world is in crisis and I feel and see the need for change, to go back to the basics, of talking to each other face to face without the use of digital technology. Simple and plain talking up close and personal.

There is a rapidly emerging truth that too much digital technology has created a type of addiction called distraction addiction, which causes your mind to fixate on being online consistently looking into a screen!! Lets stop and take a breathe for a moment and try to re-center ourselves. You might think that you don’t need to do this, but trust me it would be in your best interest.

I have recently found myself forgetting a lot, like appointments, or things that people say to me on occasion. My mind in other words is at a blank and one thing that plays into factor is the fact that I am addicted to my computer and my phone. I am also addicted to those online game apps which are highly addictive and one can spend hours on end with them. The definition of addiction is having a persistent compulsion of a substance known to the user to be harmful. However, this doesn’t only pertain to substance abuse. We can abuse food, sex, relationships, drugs, alcohol and digital technology. The way to stop ? Well there is really only one way to stop, just plain stop!! However, it isn’t so easy to stop because we crave it again and again despite the harm it does us. My intention is to give you some insight towards getting yourself unstuck, focused and at ease from distraction addiction and technology towards taking action for yourself in doing the things that you really want to focus on.

Firstly, you must make a commitment to yourself that you will cut off form using social media and games. The most important decision you’ll ever make in your life is the decision to take care of yourself first and to prioritise your self instead of other people and things. If you do not make the decision to commit to stopping something that is harmful to you , then this message is not for you, nor do you fall in the category of positive self growth and transformation for commitment is key. After you have committed to yourself that you will stop, there are ways to quiet your mind from overthinking through meditation. Once you’ve quieted your mind, then you can be in a clearer and calmer state of mind. Remember that this is a process so be patient with yourself, go outside, take a walk, read a book, anything that will take you away from that screen!

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