I once tried meditation, which is said to be the most effective way to reduce stress, but I guess I didn’t get the hang of it (or rather, I didn’t have enough realm), so I sat there in a daze and got more distracted.
Later, I discovered that I have the habit of unconsciously drifting off. In fact, we all have more or less unconscious moments when our minds go blank, and when we think about the moments when we were lost in our studies, it was mostly for this reason. In a classroom with a lot of information, or a teacher’s long, boring chatter, the brain will turn on its automatic adjustment mechanism to protect itself from being “burnt out”. In other words, it is the brain’s innate and most effective way of reducing stress.
In practice, daze works best when you look at something subtle and beautiful. One moment I notice a cloud in the sky, the light in the way is bright and dark, and the next moment I am immersed in it, with no thought in my head, following a moment of light and a moment of dark. The most relaxing feeling at that moment is that there is nothing to do immediately, nothing to worry about, the past has passed and the future is yet to come.
Even a minute of drifting off in this way can be comparable to a deep sleep. Often the source of stress is not things, but the fact that we think too much about what’s going on in the outside world, and therefore have worries, fears, apprehensions, desires and discontents, which is stress.
Another benefit is that this kind of daze will make you more perceptive of subtle beauty. A few birdsong, the sound of the wind, the traffic, and once your heart is quiet and slow, you feel that the big plans, memories and deadlines are not so heavy and you can move forward without panic or confusion.
It’s a way for me to de-stress.
This article shares the author’s thoughts on playing with Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty, and I bought it to try out. It’s gooey, and the constant rubbing is very stress-relieving, kind of like the bad taste of children playing with boogers.