Open your mouth only if what you are going to say is more beautiful than silence. – Arabic Proverb
We are taking the SpaFinder Wellness Week Pledge and committing to find 10 minutes a day away from all electronics and other distractions, and enjoy the q u i e t .
In today’s society we spend most of our time in front of some kind of screen… whether its a tv, iPad, laptop, checking emails, or texting on your phone – chances are you’re guilty as charged. Research shows that the average amount of time adults in the United States spend with media has reached almost 700 minutes a day! Can you believe this is how most adults are spending 11 hours or more of their day?
The Cost of Overstimulation: More scientists now believe that this endless time spent with the Internet, cell phones and TV is making us impatient, impulsive, forgetful, unfocused and even more narcissistic — that it is profoundly changing our brains and the very way we think and behave. For instance, scientists argue that all these “message spurts” play to a primitive impulse to respond to immediate opportunities and threats, which excite us and produce a dopamine squirt — that can be addictive. When “unplugged,” people feel bored.
Wow! I am not exaggerating when I say you would be giving yourself a true gift just by finding a few moments in a day to be still and silent. With all of the negative implications of over stimulation that scientist have researched, it is a disservice not to “unplug” yourself for at LEAST 10 minutes a day. It isn’t too late to join us in stepping out of our hectic busy lives to be silent. Find out more about the Wellness Week Pledge and let us know how you’re committing to your mind, body, soul and senses. Connect with us via Twitter or Facebook!
By: Priscilla Amado