Paying attention to small everyday moments lowers stress and renews energy

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“When we don't find the time for ourselves, we hand over the power to the daily routine”
“When we don’t find the time for ourselves, we hand over the power to the daily routine”

Los micromomentos they are a way to counteract the “negative attention bias” that is embedded in all human beings. A survival mechanism but also the root of mental health problems such as stress disorders, anxiety and depression. One of the ways to counter the negative bias is to draw attention to the micro-moments of happiness, astonishment, creativity o Connection. This practice can be incorporated into daily life while walking, connecting with nature or doing activities that are enjoyed, reading a book, looking at the sky or simply closing your eyes for a while.

Put the focus of attention on simple issues, such as being amazed by some feature of nature, colors, art, the rhythm of a song or looking at a familiar face. This can help relieve stress, renew energy, while for a while we disconnect to connect with other senses.

According to the South Korean philosopher and writer, Byung-Chul Han, “the stress, which is increasing, does not even make a restful rest possible. That is why it happens that many people get sick precisely during their free time. This disease is called leisure sickness, leisure disease. Leisure has become an insufferable doing nothing, an unbearable form empty of work”. For the writer, currently the Working time has totalized becoming absolute time, “we really should invent a new form of time. If it turns out that our vital time or the duration of our life completely coincides with working time, as is partly the case already today, then life itself becomes radically fleeting.

For many, a micro-moment means peace, for others it is a moment with oneself, a moment to restart
For many, a micro-moment means peace, for others it is a moment with oneself, a moment to restart

Thus, this accelerated and hyper-productive form is the tree that prevents us from seeing the forest. Where the best employee is the one who stays after hours, the best student does more than what is asked of him and the best parents, in addition to fulfilling their work and home obligations, attend to the endless activities of their children, do the task with them, they take them to the plaza, they move them from one end to the other, with a collapsed head that arrives at night over accelerated. Insomnia, stress and physical somatization are indicators that shout out to us: you have to stop for a while and enjoy things a little more.

There is a cult of “multitasking” that prevents cutting to devote full attention to recreation, the action of not doing anything or leisure. Postmodern society demands productivity, being productive, constantly doing things, managing two, three or four fronts simultaneously. The deadline is always yesterday.

The professional Coach, Ricardo Melo, in dialogue with Infobae, stated that “generally enjoyment is associated with the vagrancy, and therefore to the feeling of guilt for not being doing productive tasks. But we must challenge these limiting thoughts, and change them for others that empower us and make us feel full and happy with the decisions to have enjoyment for ourselves.

A recurring conclusion is the need to isolate yourself from time to time from the chaos of everyday life and take advantage of the pleasant moments that life offers
A recurring conclusion is the need to isolate yourself from time to time from the chaos of everyday life and take advantage of the pleasant moments that life offers

In addition, he stressed that the key is to “make upright decisions” to be able to enjoy the moments without guilt. For Melo, it is important to understand that for this to happen we must “have a balance, an internal balance, know that the rest it is part of the training, that like Formula 1 cars, pitting is part of the race, that sharpening the ax is as important as chopping down the tree.”

“Time is the most valuable and democratic thing that exists, we all have 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, the difference is in how each one can manage it, there are external factors, those that do not depend on us, and also, more than we think, internal factors that depend one hundred percent on us”.

In life we ​​can talk about years, months, days, hours, moments. And micro-moments. “How to win back those micro-moments? Beginning to become aware of the breath. Dedicating a full awareness exercise each day does not mean being an expert in yoga, but taking awareness everywhere, when you wash the dishes, brush your teeth or talk to another person without thinking about what to answer or what to do next. you’re going to do”.

Micro-moments are a way to counter the “negative attention bias” that is embedded in all human beings.
Micro-moments are a way to counter the “negative attention bias” that is embedded in all human beings.

Why is it necessary to take at least a micromoment a day? “It is important to be able to do it so as not to get stressed, for some it is a sport, walking, jogging or carpentry. The moment or activity is particular to each person. Doing so avoids being overloaded, overwhelmed, ”he explained to infobae the psychoanalyst Laura Bearsdirector of the Department of Psychoanalysis and Society of the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association (APA).

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“I would call it the creative leisure —Orsi highlighted— a moment that allows us to rediscover our desires, pending dreams, with our family. We are always thinking about what is productive and not about our needs as human beings, not about being well with “oneself and the environment”. For the specialist, it is also a way to “rescue ourselves from daily microtraumas, so different for each one in times of pandemic and war.”

Naty Franzoniwellness referent, motivational speaker and yoga instructor, told infobae the importance of taking “a moment for ourselves each day” because it is habit and perseverance that create the result. “We live a very hectic life, where we are disconnected from ourselves all the time, and finding that moment is beginning to inhabit a little balance to feel good, to get out of the places that make us uncomfortable, to look for another possibility. Because there is always a way to feel a little better and when we find it, we achieve balance, ”he explained.

According to the South Korean philosopher and writer, Byung-Chul Han,
According to the South Korean philosopher and writer, Byung-Chul Han, “increasing stress doesn’t even make restful sleep possible”

For many, a micro-moment means peace, for others it is a moment with themselves, a moment to restart. A recurring conclusion is the need to isolate yourself from time to time from the chaos of everyday life and take advantage of the pleasant moments that life offers.

“It is essential, at least, to think about the few minutes that give us that bath of light, of energy to go back to doing whatever we are doing,” he explained to Infobae Lulu Biaus, fashion stylist and digital content producer, who says it costs a lot to “give away” that time. “But I try not to push myself,” Biaus clarified, “suddenly I settle for concentrating in the shower or doing a few movements in the morning before leaving the room. When I’m on my way somewhere, I try to do it without listening to music, without looking at the phone. Connect with that.” That is the ideal light bath of hers to recharge.

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“The fatigue society is linked to the saturation caused by hyperactivity,” he wrote. Byung-Chul Han. This statement is opposed to the praise of active life promoted by the German writer and political theorist, Hannah Arendtwhere producing generates life and working generates worldliness. He calls for a return to the contemplative life that situates, above all, in the gaze.

Micro-moments are a way to counter the “negative attention bias” that is embedded in all human beings.
Micro-moments are a way to counter the “negative attention bias” that is embedded in all human beings.

“When we don’t find the moment for ourselves, we hand over power to the daily routine, to what others tell us, to what is happening outside, outside, where there is always a lot of noise,” Franzoni said, “when we manage to have that moment for us, we take the power to choose”. In his case it happens “immediately” after a meditation, a yoga practice, writing, breathing or putting his feet on the grass. “There we became aware of our power and began to choose the best for ourselves.”

Many times the requirement ends up limiting any possible micro-moment because it does not reach the intended size. In the case of Biaus, the first thing that is arranged to do to have a micro-moment is to “release the demand”. Not the requirement that this moment has to be in such a way, connect in such a way or that it take the time that it is supposed to last, “many times it is very difficult to achieve”.

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