The fire hydrant of information that exists at our finger tips is drowning us mentally, spiritually, and physically. The unrelenting noise found in internet surfing, texts, emails, television, social media, and podcasts clutters our minds so much that moments of calm, relaxation, and pure silence have ceased to exist in our everyday lives.
Underlying bipolar symptoms of depression and mania will undoubtedly be exacerbated by all of this loud noise. I would say bipolar minds, especially, are more sensitive and susceptible to stress and anxiety-ridden information. Have you ever been on the internet only to sign off and feel like complete crap? Anxious feelings? Feelings of inadequacy? Then why continue this vicious cycle?
We need to recognize what a healthy amount of noise should be allowed in our lives. It will vary from person to person. Some people may find that all social media noise should be eliminated, and that’s okay, you can survive without social media! I deleted all social media for one year and never looked back. I loved the extra silence in my life. I got back on social media because I felt the call to write about bipolar. One day I may change my mind, and that’s okay!
Perhaps today, contemplate the idea of putting your phone down—even if it means not reading my blog 😉 Lie down in a comfortable place with complete silence. When a thought enters your mind, shut it down. Even if for only five minutes at first. I think you will be amazed by what it will do for your mind, body, and soul. If you are especially used to the noise, you will most likely find this very difficult, which probably means you need the silence much more than you thought. Just give it time, you will eventually very much welcome the silence. We desperately need more silence in our lives to alleviate restlessness and reconnect with our true selves.
I’m going to do this today as well. If you do too, I’d love to know how it made you feel.