My mom sent an article to me and my sisters about five things that can contribute to a shortened attention span. The reasons include a mix of physical, mental and environmental causes for loss of focus.
- Technology overload
- Lack of sleep
- Poor job satisfaction
- Too much stress
- Too little exercise
But in reading through the five items, I also realized these can cause more than concentration problems. Just like during my yoga practice, the mental and the physical of everyday life are closely linked. This strong mind-body connection means things that affect our minds also have an impact on our bodies--influencing energy levels, digestion, weight, and a whole lot of other physical aspects.
If I want to boost my energy levels (and I'll admit, lose some of the weight I have gradually gained over the past year), I can address those things that influence my mind--and in turn, I'll be able to make changes to my body.
- I can power down and not be connected to the computer, my cell phone, and everything else electronic 24/7.
- I can go to bed at a reasonable time and do my best to sleep through the night (another problem I've been having!).
- I can focus on the positive during my workday and savor my accomplishments, big and small.
- I can stay calm and make time to relax and rejuvenate.
- I can incorporate more exercise into my routine through regular yoga and walking.
More focus, more energy--and maybe even a little less weight--would be a wonderful result.
Oh, and let's not forget to stop and smell the roses from time to time...
|Thanks, Scott, for this sweet surprise... pink roses to celebrate 16 months of marriage!|