We are living in a time like no other, information travels at the speed of light. We are no longer tuned in to our local news network or newspaper, instead we receive input from across the globe by connecting to hundreds and even thousands of different mediums. The more the world has become connected the more it has become chaotic; it is more difficult to find time for true peace and quiet with your phone constantly pinging and binging. Kinetic sculptures can play an important part in decreasing the levels of stress we encounter in the modern age. Mobile sculptures are soothing for a variety of reasons, that range from the subjective to the profoundly scientific, read ahead in this week’s blog to discover how sculptures like Square Wave can help you get your stress under control.
The Importance Of Motion
A 2020 New York Times article delved into the importance of swaying motions in the process of relaxing someone to the point of sleep. The article found that slow repetitive movements like swaying or swirling, classified as SRRMs or “Sleep Related Rhythmic Movements”, provide our bodies with immense relief and relaxation as well as making it easier for us to nod off to sleep. As well as rocking yourself, watching something else move back and forth repetitively puts you into trance – the stage where your thoughts trail off and your mind clears itself just before sleep. Square Wave emulates these swaying motions when it spins, thanks to it’s construction and specially weighted bars. Playing with Square Wave just before bed can help relieve stress and help you fall asleep faster precisely because it produces SRRMs.
Interacting With Nature
Many of us have heard that a breath of fresh air and exposure to sunlight can go a long way to providing us with some relief from our troubles. While that age old adage may be true, aside from sunlight, there is another factor at play in making sure you feel better after a good brisk walk out in nature. “People have been discussing their profound experiences in nature for the last several 100 years—from Thoreau to John Muir to many other writers,” says David Strayer, a researcher from the University of Utah in an interview with UC Berkeley. “Now we are seeing changes in the brain and changes in the body that suggest we are physically and mentally more healthy when we are interacting with nature”.
Square Wave is based on a mathematical formula called the Fibonacci Sequence, which is largely attributed with being one of the hidden patterns that makes being in nature so distinctly pleasant. When fidgeting with Square Wave you are subconsciously soothed by and attracted to it’s natural shape as a result of this formula. You will find Square Wave pleasing for the exact same reasons you find sunflowers and daisies relaxing!
Managing Our Emotions
A large part of meditation is clearing the mind for relaxation’s sake, but it also provides a completely different and very useful function: teaching us to manage our emotions. Learning not to act on impulse and how to go to a calm place in moments of stress or anger plays a major part in improving our quality of life. Square Wave’s naturally calming motions and inherent qualities make it perfect for learning emotional control. Fidgeting has also been proven to reduce anxiety and improve cognition – a factor which is essential to managing impulsive and stress driven behavior. Tinkering with Square Wave for just a few minutes a day has a similar effect to raking a Zen garden, it provides you with a few peaceful minutes in which you are grounded and absorbed in the simplicity of the moment – reminding us of the power of calm and patience.