They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Look closer and those bricks are embossed with Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat.
We’ve all heard these statements. Or maybe we’ve said them ourselves:
“I hardly ever look at my Facebook.”
“I’m never on my Instagram.”
Yet Americans waste an average of four hours daily posting, scrolling, and checking anxiously for likes. We’re not entirely at fault; social media and our devices are highly addictive, and corporations are making billions off us as a result. Study after study proves that social media use correlates with decreased life satisfaction. The more we use it the unhappier we tend to be, but we can’t seem to look away.
With that said there are many good things to experience on our feeds. Stories of heroism, humanity, and hope. Funny memes and pictures of celebration. Can we indulge a little and somehow avoid diving into the negative abyss procrastination disguised as a social media feed? Yes.
A few minutes of simple breath and focus in the peace and stillness of a weekly practice produces a brain that is better equipped to navigate the hazardous world of social media. Here’s how:
- Meditation is the most effective way to develop will power and focus. So we are more likely to stay on task and withstand the temptation of our social media feeds.
- Meditation strengthens the areas of the brain that are attracted to and generate positivity. We begin to lose interest in negative stories and gossip.
- Meditation improves the ability to notice our emotions, and impulses as they occur. As a result we make wiser choices based on them. Our desire to defend our stances, and obtain validation from others fades, as we become less invested in opinion and drama.
We’re not saying go cold turkey, and delete all your accounts. Start with limiting the time you spend on social media by silencing your phone for an hour, and committing to what you are doing. Be it work, chores, or your child’s soccer game. Then set a five-minute alarm and check your messages. Each time you catch yourself checking your phone, take a few breaths and ask yourself:
“Am I doing this to avoid boredom or getting something done?”
“How do I feel about what saw and how long I spent looking?”
“Should I be paying attention to what I’m doing instead?”
The more present we are, the less we feel the need to fill our time with meaningless Internet overload.
MeditationWorks will come to your workplace and bring an effective, engaging program to your door in our distraction-free dedicated space. You can receive the unique and therapeutic benefits of consistent meditation in just a few minutes a week at work. We’re already taking breaks, so we offer a better, healthier break.
Give us a call and we will bring the MeditationWorks mobile unit your way.
Until we meet again…