3 Reasons Why You Should 'Unfocus'

Most of us live our day-to-day lives focused on the task at hand, or the next task, or the task after that. It’s not often that we don’t have our attention on a particular job. 

It’s not often that we stop and force ourselves to lose or focus -- or  'unfocus.'

(And yes, I know that 'unfocus' is not an actual word!)  

But maybe we should. That drive that propels us to finish our jobs and work hard could also benefit from being let go. You know what they say, “too much of a good thing” and all…

Reason 1: Reflection. 

When we let go of our immediate feelings, we can make time for reflection, an important part of being. The ability to examine and understand past feelings can be a powerful tool. Remember when you met your husband or wife? Or when you first met your best friend? Reflecting on these moments helps us to understand our present place in life, our meaningful relationships and to build upon and be grateful for them.

Reason 2: Relaxation.

In meditation, your focus is nothing. So how do you focus on nothing, you ask? Unfocusing allows us to do just that. When you’re totally unfocused is when meditation comes easiest, when your body is allowed to be open to the whole world, all at once…or nothing at all.

Reason 3: Rejuvenation. 

Constant focus can leave us with constant stress. There’s always more work to be done, or something to be improved upon. But when we unfocus, that stress is alleviated. Your body can rest and recharge, without the demands of those tasks. Taking the time to let go, these moments of rejuvenation can make you more productive when you need to focus, and more relaxed when you don’t.

You May Also Enjoy

Anderson Cooper Went On A Mindfulness Retreat (And Loved It)

When are we ever really present? Though we may not be conscious of it, we're constantly seeking ways to distract ourselves. We feel pressure to check our phones for emails or texts, refresh our  Read

To learn more about how to have a great relationship or meditation, check out our video courses How To Have The Greatest Relationship Of Your Life and The Essential Guide To Meditation.
About the Author
Jess Molchan is a freelance web designer and yoga instructor...that's quite the combination right?! Trained as a dancer since the age of three, Jess looked to yoga after graduating high school for a new direction and a new way to apply her discipline. Follow Jess on Twitter @jessmess or find her on her yoga site, yogawithjess.webs.com or her web design site, jmandmdesign.com.