We all do it. Every day. At work. At home. In the kitchen. In a traffic jam. In bed …You would probably think it is about ‘breathing’. Well, that is not what I am talking about.
It is about being active on the internet, on your smartphone, laptop, tablet … Day-in-day-out; booking a holiday, searching for a new couch, a recipe for shortbread dough, shoes for the children, new blinds, “just” answering a business mail. It is called Action Addiction.
The internet is fast. It is all happening with one click at the button. The purchase has been made, the information need has been met, the problem has been resolved. Yet the need to solve something quickly pops up again. Addicted to the action itself and to the need to complete something. And when that is “dissolved”, a substance is released in our brains, called dopamine. Dopamine is a substance that belongs to the reward system of the brain. And ensures that we feel satisfied and rewarded. Therefore, we repeat this process so more dopamine is produced in the brain. As a result this makes us feel good. And we want to experience this more often and come into a vicious circle. And with that comes the word “action addiction“.
Turn the tide
We live in a time when we can no longer live without it. Or it seems like that. Recently I had to deal with an electricity failure at home for several hours. No light, electricity, two smartphones with low battery. What now? It actually went very well. It was already dark outside, without the street lights lighting up. Magic. With all candles and flashlights we found we lit up the living room. Because it was New Year’s Eve, we already had the traditional ‘oliebollen’ in the house. Fireplace on. And therefore we had enough food in the house anyway … So “surviving” was no problem at all. It was so nice to feel and experience the ease of having no electricity. We played a board game instead of a Wii game. The children found it all very exciting. Since there was no electricity. Life was fun after all. And it was much more relaxed, without the continuous flow of digital stimuli. Back to basics. PEACE. ‘Go with the flow’. For a moment only dealing with stimuli of a natural kind.
Mindfulness and Yoga
But in fact, that is kind of “cheating”. The ‘being shut off’ of all digital stimuli, when it is already a fact. How does it work when we are in the middle of it? How do we ensure that we do not get carried away in the constant flow of information. Mindfulness brings awareness. When it comes to not giving in to the action addiction, it is important that you get a number of points at a glance:
-Place clear goals that help you to be more focused. Mindfulness helps you realize your goals with more focus and awareness.
– Unconscious processes can stand in the way of achieving your goals. By being aware of it, these processes can help you.
– Blind focus is something different than combining focus with consciousness. By blindly focusing you lose sight of everything else (consciousness …). And as a result you lose effectiveness.
-It is important that you write down important goals in your work and in your personal life. Formulate them in detail and therefore you positively increase the chances of success.
Finally, yoga helps you to live more in balance. Especially in times of stress, lack of exercise and digital distraction. Disconnect. It helps to harmonize the emotional, mental and emotional aspects of life. Added to that and the list is long.. Yoga will make you a stronger person. Both mentally and physically. It will also improve your circulatory, immunity, fitness. The meaning of life (this might sound heavy) will get to you. And from there you can start releasing turmoil to leading a fulfilling life. Of course this is the ultimate goal. While daily life throws a lot at us it can be hard to stay balanced. But to be conscious every day only for a couple of hours..It’s a start 😉