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SLOW DOWN! Life Comes Fast; Here is How to Slow The Mind

In today's world, there are multiple distractions such as smart phones, computers, and television that can cause stimulation. With social media being a factor on top of that, comparison to other people's lives does not make things better. Smartphones with constant notifications coming through can excite the brain, but over the course of time it can become overwhelming which takes a toll on emotional and mental health.

It is a blessing and a curse that we have the whole internet and then some at the palm of our hand. It is great to have access for something simple as a google search or a GPS system. However, when it comes to social media, text messages and notifications popping up left and right, we get strayed away from real life and our loved ones that want our undivided attention and our stress response from the notifications can sky rocket.

Signs of too much technology/smart phone use include:

1. Constantly distracted

2. Increased anxiousness throughout the day

3. Fast-paced thoughts and feelings of "being stretched too thin"

4. Never "in the moment"

All of these symptoms are one of many that people in todays world go through especially with the News being constantly updated. When the feelings get too overwhelming, that is when you realize that you have to put the phone away and unplug. 

There are lots of ways to unplug, such as going out for a walk in nature, working out, running errands or reading a good book. It may be a change and may seem uncomfortable at first, but the text messages can wait and the Snapchat notifications don't have to be answered right away. On the plus side of that, that will give you more time to give out well thought out answers and you will feel more refreshed mentally when you check the phone. You will definitely thank yourself and then some when you take time for yourself, your family/spouse and your friends. 

If you are contemplating on where to start: begin by putting the phone away 30 minutes before bed and go through a stretching/mindfulness routine. This will help with recharging the fast-paced mind and you will get a better nights rest. If you have any further questions about this topic, don't hesitate to ask any of our team members at West End Chiropractic and Wellness; we will be more than happy to help!!

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