We have all probably experienced some mornings when you were unaware how things happened – how you woke up and how you got to work. It is truly a natural part of human nature. Actually, according to Dr. Daniel Schacter, absent- mindedness is the second stage in the series of “Seven Sins of Memory” which are memory malfunctions that occur in our everyday life.
Some scientists described absent-mindedness as “action slips” or “mental lapses”. In fact, one out of 7 adults between the age of 18 and 39 suffer from memory lapses. Moreover, psychologists reveal that this happens to us more often than we realize (as much as 30 times a week!)
How does absent-mindedness affect us?
• Difficulty in initiating and finishing tasks
• Complete exhaustion (mind and body)
• Lack of attentiveness, unstable state of mind
• Constant tardiness and poor time management
• Mood swings
• Persistent unpleasant thoughts
• Physical restlessness or impatience
• Poor working memory
These are just some of the possible effects of absent-mindedness. Now, the big question is, how do we reduce it and how can we be more mindful in our everyday life? Try some of these out this week:
Take note of this because the early part of the day is essential for your mindfulness throughout the day. Instead of getting up immediately, reflect. Reflect on your quality of sleep, on how you feel, and stretch. It may only take a minute.
Whenever you eat this week, focus on eating. Savour each bite, appreciate the smell and taste of the food/drink. This may mean turning off all devices!
Being mindful in cleaning your house! I am so going to try this. Whenever you sweep the floor or wash the dishes, take note of the small details.
Be mindful of how you feel while walking next time you’re out and about – how good it feels in your feet, in your legs and your whole body. Instead of putting your earphones on, notice the people around you.
When you shower/bath, pay attention. Slow down the movements of washing (or use your opposite hand! It will be very different) and see how you feel.
Meditation is indeed beneficial and has loads of positive effects (see below). You may have your favourite app, but perhaps explore a new one this week. While we are fans of Dr Joe Dispenza (as we also research and analyse his data so see the benefits of meditating first hand), I have also explored Dr Mike Dow’s SVT hypnosis recently (it includes some eye movements and binaural beats).
When you stimulate your mind and body through mindfulness and meditation, you are likely to gain benefits such as:
• Improved awareness
• Increased concentration and focus
• Lowered anxiety levels
• Calmness and clarity in thinking and perception
• Reduced risk of depression
• Enhanced stress-handling
• Positive outlook on life and happiness
Here’s to a different week!