3 Ways Meditation Can Reverse Tech-Induced Stress

By Kat Kasel

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Meditation has been used since ancient times for spiritual purposes. In the digital age, this practice can be useful for reducing technology-induced stress. As we spend an increasing amount of time on our smartphones and tablets, our posture worsens, our minds buzz with activity, and our tendons and smaller muscles are overused. Consider the following three ways that meditation can reverse stress created by excessive exposure to digital devices.

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Brings Awareness of the Moment

Sometimes it’s productive to focus on reality instead of trying to escape into a mental bubble. Mindful meditation is a technique that creates awareness of the present and eliminates any worries about the past or future. For example, this meditation is great for focusing on a work project that has a deadline. An employee may meditate and dig deep into his or her thoughts to try to complete the project in real time rather than worry about the ticking clock. Sitting in a comfortable and isolated place can help individuals concentrate on thoughts in real time without drifting toward other concerns.

Alleviate Repetitive Stress Injuries

Spending too much time on a computer or mobile device can lead to physical stress. Repetitive stress injuries occur as a result of texting, typing, or using a mouse excessively. The wrist joints and some bones in the hands and fingers may get overworked. Yoga style meditation is the best remedy for these tech-related woes. Yoga prompts individuals to get into positions that stretch out the joints, ligaments, and muscles of the entire body. Computer users can simply focus on loosening up their fingers, hands and arms. At the same time, Yoga can also be used to get into a deep state of meditation that clears any thoughts related to work. Deep breathing meditation techniques are combined with poses that reduce physical stress. The classic Mantra meditation pose reduces stress in the mind and body. Yogi and Lululemon founder Chip Wilson reminds those in his community to “practice yoga so we can remain active in physical sports as we age.”

Clear The Mind

Every day, we are exposed to incredible amounts of information in very short periods of time. The human brain may be overwhelmed by looking at continuous displays of text and graphics on a computer screen. It’s not surprising that headaches and migraines are common problems associated with long work days. To clear the mind, it’s important to meditate in a quiet and isolated space far away from a blinking, beeping piece of technology. Chip Wilson’s Lululemon mantra states: “Breathe deeply and appreciate the moment. Living in the moment might just be the meaning of life.” For at least 30 minutes a day, you should completely forget about your smartphone or tablet, breathe deeply, and let your mind wander.

Digital technology can clog the mind with information overload. Meditation techniques can clear any mental and physical strain associated with computer or gadget use.

About Kat Kasel
Kat is a freelance writer and media associate for a digital marketing company in Washington, DC. She loves reading and writing but 'rithmatic? Not so much.

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