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Switching your brain into airplane mode…

15th June 2017

In a world where we are always ‘on’ it can be hard to actually switch off. This is exacerbated the fact we have so many electronic devices that can distract us both in and out of the workplace.

However, our thinking brain has a limited amount of capacity and actually needs some time to recover. We can then be at our best more of the time.

In reality, we can’t switch off our brain. If we did we’d be dead as it ensures our body is functioning. So, how do you quieten your brain and get to a place where you are relaxed and alert at the same time? Airplane mode!

You’ll all be familiar with airplane mode on your phone or tablet, whether you use it or not. When you put your phone (or tablet) on airplane mode you suspend transmission and it stops you receiving and sending calls, texts and emails. GPS, wifi, Bluetooth and location services are all switched off.

The benefits of airplane mode

What I hadn’t realised until I recently read this article, is that there are advantages to using airplane mode when you are not in the air or on a plane!! They are:

  1. You can save your battery life. On those days where you have forgotten your charger switch to airplane mode. It allows you to read files, check time and take photos while significantly reducing the background work. You can then switch off airplane when you need to make a call.
  2. You can speed up charging. When you have a limited amount of time and need to charge your phone, switching on airplane mode will speed up the process.
  3. Avoid distractions. When you know you need some quiet time or do not need any distractions switch to airplane mode. You’ll still be able to check your files or time and will not be tempted to pick up the phone to any messages coming in because you won’t be getting them!!

3 ways to Switch your brain to airplane mode

It struck me that taking some time in the day to switch off some of our own transmission would help in utilising our own brain batteries more effectively. Here are 3 simple ways to start practicing. You can do them all sitting at your desk, going for a walk, on the train and in the car.

Mindful breathing

If you are not used to doing this start be doing it for a few minutes only and gradually build from there. Pay attention to how you are breathing. The inhale, the exhale and the space in between. Focus on this and you’ll find it calms the whole body and quietens your brain.

Listen to calm music

I do mean listen. Don’t just have it on in the background, unless of course you are doing mindful breathing!

Avoid distraction

If you need 10 minutes of quiet time, actually switch off your phone, close the door and stop any interruption.

Be alert and relaxed!

I’d love to know how you get on and if you have any other ideas leave a comment below.

“Shifting from mindful to mindless work gives the brain time to process complex problems in a relaxed state and also restores the energy necessary for the next round of mindful work”

Erin Rooney Doland














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