How To Use Technology Mindfully And Move From Chaos to Calm

September 20

There’s no denying that having chaos in your life is going to happen. It might not be a constant, but it will happen. When chaos does occur, some people run around in a state of anxiety or panic. It's also to deny that the impact of digital technology has, in many ways, increased the chaos. So, I wanted to write about how to use technology mindfully. But before I do, let's look at how general mindfulness activities calm the chaos.

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So many people don’t know what to do and how to calm the chaos. No matter what type of chaos you experience, mindfulness can help. It's a wonderful tool that lets you be in charge and not your emotions or your thoughts.

When chaos hits, the outward, or inward situation, isn’t taking place in the present. The chaos is because of what might have happened or what’s going to happen as a result of whatever the situation is. It isn't necessarily happening right NOW.

When you experience turmoil, your stress levels naturally skyrocket. When that happens, it can be difficult to keep calm. Your mind will start racing. And the negative emotions will spring up, multiplying one after another. These tend to be in the form of what I call 'what if' questions.

Calming the chaos

Chaos causes you to become distanced from peace. I know that sounds a bit woo-woo, but hear me out. The 'what if' questions hijack your thoughts and pummel your emotions. But when you practice mindfulness, you are less likely give in to the chaos.

Mindfulness allows for peace and focus despite the chaotic storm you might be in. It keeps you focused on the present and anchors your thoughts and emotions.

This helps you feel at rest even when you’re not. It bolsters your sense of purpose and ability to make decisions. Mindfulness calms the anxiety and lets you be in charge of what you need to take care of.

During chaos and turmoil, your mind gets an influx of negative thoughts. If we don’t practice mindfulness, these thoughts make our emotions feel more intense.

Mindfulness doesn’t stop the negative emotions from coming. Sorry guys - not quite a cure. But it helps you to be in charge of what’s going on in your mind. It lets you coral the thoughts that are trying to stampede through.

Mindfulness brings your emotions back to the present. Which floods your mind with peace and purpose. It will help bring peace to the negative feelings and thoughts so that you’ll be aware of them, but they won’t control you.

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When chaos happens, emotions and the anxiety they feel starts to control most people. But mindfulness will allow you to take a pause, view the situation and be able to make decisions: Decisions that are more likely to be based on reality rather than hyped up feelings.

Practising mindfulness exercises will help you keep order in your thoughts. Even when it feels like the world is in crisis! Being mindful will help to give you space to be able to keep yourself at peace.

How to use technology mindfully

These days, a lot of what we do involves technology. We can even do our weekly grocery shop online. Or, if we don't shop online, we can scan our shop as we go around the store. All we have to do is swipe our credit card. No need to even speak to anyone!

We have so much technology now that’s supposed to streamline our lives. Technology that is supposed to make it easier to connect with the people that we care about. But, thinking about it, does it really?

It’s supposed to make it easier to do business and make good things happen for our careers. But, in reality, the technology that is billed to be the key to our happiness has enormous potential to backfire.

Instead of helping, often, the use of technology has led people to deeper levels of stress. People are more likely to feel discontented and have lives so busy that they’re hardly living at all.

Studies performed on the link between stress and time spent online can be misleading. Some of this research claims that spending time online can lower stress.

The studies don’t always consider the offline lifestyles of those involved. Technology in itself is neither good nor bad. It’s how it’s used that can highlight negative effects of technology.

Using technology with mindfulness

The key is to use technology with mindfulness. You can incorporate what’s good and positive about being online. Maximise the various uses of technology to connect with other people in a meaningful way.

For example, if you have family members that live a reasonable distance away from you. It can make you feel happier when you connect with them through a text message or through an online chat.

You can share updates about your life or send relatives photos of your kids in an instant. If you are able to use social media with mindfulness, it can help you to be able to manage stress better. It can also lead to feelings of contentment and leave you with a more positive outlook.

The dark side of being online is that there’s a great deal of negativity floating around in cyberspace. Oh yes, it doesn't matter who you are. The negative impacts of technology are lurking - especially on social media.

There are instances of people being hateful, bullying, threatening or harassing. Some people keep drama heightened through online fighting.

You may only be an online bystander to someone else’s drama. But, the truth is, your mind will register the same type of anxious response. And your feelings will follow the lead of your thoughts.

Another big issue is that technology allows for more comparison. Seeing how great other’s lives appear to be, can lead to discontentment and irritability. It can make you focus on the negative instead of looking at the positive.

Online interaction can also make you feed yourself negative self-talk. Especially when you see others who seem to be more prosperous. They have more beautiful homes, easier looking lives and appear to be having more fun.

Not only will you feel bad about yourself, but your stress level will go up. Even though you only seem the rosy amazingness that people choose to share.

When you practice mindfulness with your technology use, your happiness levels increase.

Tips to use technology mindfully

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