Turn it off: time for sensory detox

Sensory detox is essential for the rejuvenation of your sensory organs and your body. Switch off your phone, unplug your TV and turn off the music. Give your nerves a much-needed break, writes Shikha Sharma.
Hindustan Times | By Shikha Sharma
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2014 08:24 PM IST
Switch off your phone, unplug your TV and turn off the music. Give your nerves a much-needed sensory detox

People living in big cities are constantly exposed to a number of stimuli like bright images on TVs and computer screens, traffic noise, loud music and junk .

This cacophony of external stimuli is geared to make us reactionary beings instead of thinking individuals.

Human beings have limited sensory capacity. An overdose is likely to trip the system. When our nervous system trips, here's what happens:


An urge to see more, and listen to loud music

Chronic fatigue

The feeling that the external environment is out of control

Losing control of oneself

Because of this we develop less inclination towards self reflection and course correction. The constant bombardment of noise, music, visuals, advertisements, movies, games, junk food etc takes its toll in the short and long term. Because of this a number of people are looking for mental relaxation and stress-busting services, products and techniques.

Look at any ashram or high-end relaxation retreat, you are likely to find overworked professionals. They are the ones who are on the verge of a nervous breakdown and need a retreat to rest, heal and rejuvenate their sensory system.

So what we need is a sensory detox. This entails staying away from loud and continuous sounds, gadgets, junk food and bright images. Sensory detox is essential for the rejuvenation of your sense organs and your body.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/3/Brunch_pg17_26.jpgMilk: It has a calming affect on the nerves especially warm milk with cardamom http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/3/Brunch_pg17_29.jpgSwitch off your mobilephone and divert your calls to a landline number for a day. That way you can spend time without checking your messages, WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.
Herbal teas: Chamomile, jasmine and rose teas are also very relaxing for your nerves. Take a walk, go to the spa and play a sport.
Fruit: They are a veritable storehouse of vitamins and minerals. Cook a meal.
Sing, dance or listen to music.

You can also go to an ashram in a secluded place.

From HT Brunch, March 9

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