I mean, 417 hours sure feels like a lot. But is it, really? Let’s try to get some more perspective.
Here’s how much time the average American spends on social media and TV in a year:
705 hours on social media
2,737.5 hours on TV
What method or technique do you use to build healthy habits (and overcome negative ones)?
To a surprising, and almost humiliating extent, some of the gravest problems we face during a day can be traced back to a brutally simple fact: that we have not had enough sleep the night before.
We are likely to be up against genuine hurdles: the economic situation, politics, problems at work, tensions in our relationship, the family…
These are true difficulties. But what we often fail to appreciate is the extent to which our ability to confront them with courage and resilience is dependent on a range of distinctly ‘small’ or ‘low’ factors: what our blood sugar level is like, when we last had a proper hug from someone, how much water we’ve drunk – and how many hours we’ve rested.
. I think building good habits, which can serve as better coping strategies (I hope!!), would/could/can keep me more stable, more alert, and more able to cope with change (ha!?).
In effect, I'm looking to be all around more resilient in a multitude of ways.
My coping strategies, while I have not timed them to see how long I spend, I am concerned they almost equal or can some times equal the amount of TV watching of the average American.
Whew, and *WOW*, right?!
So, I want to do better. FAR better.
What do you all like to work on when you're low energy or at the end of a tiring day?
Begin by sitting on the floor with a wall next to your side. Your legs should be stretched out straight in front of you. Exhale and gently lie down on your back, engage your core and hip muscles to bring your legs up into the air with the bottoms of your feet pointing to the ceiling.
Pivot your body so the backs of your legs are now touching the wall. Bring your sitting bones flush to the ground and as close to the wall as possible so your torso and legs create a 90-degree angle.
Relax your neck and place your hands on your belly or to your sides with palms facing up. Focus on your breathing and with each breath release any stress or anxiety, starting from your feet and down through your body.
Stay in the Legs Up the Wall Pose for five to 20 minutes. To come out of the pose, gently press the bottoms of your feet into the wall and roll to one side, making sure you support your legs until they reach the ground. Stay on the ground for a few seconds until sitting up so as to avoid lightheadedness.
Provides anxiety and stress relief
Therapeutic relief for, headaches, arthritis, high blood pressure, low blood pressure
Relieves menstrual and menopause symptoms
Stretches hip and leg muscles including hamstrings and calves
Relieves swelling, cramping and fatigue in legs and feet
Relieves lower back pain
Greg Harness wrote:In partial response to the original question about what apps might be helpful, this was just posted today on David Allen's Getting Things Done website:
What Are The Best Apps For Getting Things Done
The creator and his proponents encourage a low-tech approach, using a mechanical timer, paper, and pencil. The physical act of winding the timer confirms the user's determination to start the task; ticking externalises desire to complete the task; ringing announces a break. Flow and focus become associated with these physical stimuli.
John Weiland wrote:I think using meditation/mindfulness has been touched on before, but this link kind of brings together that concept in terms of dealing with unhealthy habits or urges:
"The single biggest change that Anki brings about is that it means memory is no longer a haphazard event, to be left to chance. Rather, it guarantees I will remember something, with minimal effort. That is, Anki makes memory a choice."
Mandy Launchbury-Rainey wrote:I think I will do this too.
K Rawlings wrote:Hey Jocelyn, it sounds like it's also what happens with me, and no doubt a lot of others. There is simply too much on your plate, and it's hard to focus down on one thing. The Pomodoro technique sounds very interesting for that. But I find one gets mentally exhausted trying to deal with all the disparate threads. I used to hang out in nature all day long as a kid, but I rarely do that anymore because I'm alway too busy. Lately it's been even worse (I should be working right now, not reading threads on permies!). Not even enough time to make a decent meal every day, much less go for a walk.
What used to help a lot (massive spoon storage) was zoning out with nature, out in the fields, or up a tree, or watching the river. It's a species of meditation, I realised in retrospect. I miss it (we're stuck in the middle of a big city).
K Rawlings wrote:My partner and I started shooting slow films a couple years ago (look up slow tv, esp. Norway - we were rivetted when we first found out about it), which I've barely started to edit down (too busy, ironically) but there's a few done. We're thinking they'll help people to zone out / meditate, recentre, and then get on with their day. One of the many things I think it'll help with. I'll give you and everyone reading this thread our private link to a shorter film, one I just finished and uploaded to our vimeo page. All I'm looking for is to find out if it helps. The whole idea is an experiment that we haven't had a chance to share and obtain feedback on yet. Hmm, maybe this should go in a separate thread? It feels like it's pertinent here. Well, whoever wants to try it out, I'd really appreciate the feedback. And hey, doesn't it beat playing with apps? Just please don't share it around. It's not for public consumption right now.