Be a balanced techie…
Author: Maharishi Ayurveda Date Posted:17 April 2017
Techie health tips
Was it really only in the 1990’s that the internet became a household tool and computer use and game consoles started to soar?
The ease of mobile phones has made it’s way into most homes and “landlines” now seem antiquated relics of the past. Computers have become compact, powerful and versatile and are used constantly in the workplace and screen time often continues at home. Email, online shopping, blogging, playing games, watching tv online, facebook and engaging apps sneak in and take up our time.
Along with the ease and benefits of these tools comes a dilemma. Use can seem all-consuming with “instant gratification” provided to young and old, while the internet is an important social nexus especially for the youth.
What impact is this having on our wellbeing?
- Do you notice that after sustained screen time you feel tired rather than energised? Have you noticed this in your child, youth or partner? Time seems to vanish before you know it and a late night happens along with the fatigue and lack of spark the next day. Over time sleep can become disturbed and ones mood is impacted. Youth who have intense ‘screen time’ regularly can loose confidence socially in the ‘real world’, experience a sense of loneliness and low self-worth.
- Eating, exercising and other daily activities can be forgotten or become irregular leading first to weakness, then imbalance and over time, disease.
Recently I gave a consultation to a youth who was having sleep difficulties and experiencing heightened anxiety, loneliness and low self-esteem which at times was incapacitating. His complexion was pale and he was unfit. John was eating at irregular times, going to bed between 1-3am and did no exercise. His interests and social contacts were limited outside of the gamer communities he belonged to online.
John’s parents commented to me that he was glued to his computer. They worried about his social skills as he appeared withdrawn in comparison to others of his age. His lack of sleep was becoming a concern. Both John and his parents realised that help was needed.
What was imbalanced?
John’s pulse showed an imbalance in Prana Vata and Sadhaka Pitta in particular. The key to helping John was to first balance Prana Vata.
Prana Vata is upward moving and enlivens the nerous system, senses, emotions and intellect. It is located in the head, brain and chest. When imbalanced or aggravated it is linked to worry, anxiety, asthma, respiratory complaints, sleep disorders and tension headaches.
John was recommended to do the following
- Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at a regular time each day
- Be physically active with a 30 minute walk each day
- Practise Transcendental Meditation morning and evening
- Stop screen time by 7pm and be in bed by 10pm for 5 nights per week.
- Favour a Vata pacifying diet and to include ghee (clarified butter) in his diet to support eye health
- Apply Vata massage oil over the full body 3 times a week
- Use the following helpful herbals
Within three weeks John started to feel much better. He felt stronger with his daily exercise, more at peace and less anxious after his daily TM sessions and noticed that he fell asleep more easily at night with longer periods of undisturbed sleep. As this continued he started to reach out to old school friends who he had lost touch with. Although it had been a challenge at first to fill in the non-screen time, John found he started to look forward to the new interests and connections he had made. His parents commented that they had got their son back again.
If you or a close friend have a family member who needs help to restore techno-balance then a Maharishi Ayurveda consultation can help get to the heart of what is needed.
Wishing you the bliss of balance…