Pull the plug
Life's hectic. While technology makes it easier to manage our everyday tasks and connections, the raft of notifications we feel we need to address on a daily basis can leave us feeling overwhelmed and guilty at times.
Dedicating a time to completely disconnect from our smart devices can help us cope with this information overload. It's been found to help us be more productive, recharge our batteries more effectively and make meaningful connections with the people who matter to us most, too. And if you can switch off an hour before your usual bedtime, even better, given all of the evidence that suggests using technology pre-sleep has a detrimental effect on our quality of rest.
Exercise your emotions
Yoga and mindfulness have become synonymous with self-care. Sometimes, however, trying to achieve the level of serenity both activities require can leave us feeling even more frustrated than we were initially.
Instead, think consciously about the emotions you're experiencing and the type of physical outlet that would give you the appropriate release. Would a sparring session with a mate be more successful in alleviating stress than a series of solo sun salutations? Could you benefit from the healing principles of swearing and turn those online Vinyasa tutorials in a spot of Rage Yoga? Or, for a quick fix solution, how about a power walk in the fresh air? This is proven to help soothe the soul and alleviate anxiety in just an hour.
Eat more mindfully
Eating 'al desko' has become something of a modern-day dining ritual. In fact, over 70% of Kiwi workers routinely skip their full designated lunch break.
With mindful eating, you're encouraged to make time the added ingredient in whatever it is you're cooking or consuming. Move away from your screen and any other technology or tasks that might distract you. Use the moment to appreciate the flavours, texture and smell of the food. And, above all, be aware of your emotions pre-, post- and during a meal. Doing so helps you to listen to your body's needs more closely and ask yourself whether you're eating to satisfy a physical hunger or whether you're turning to food in response to a more emotional trigger, like sadness or stress.
Limit your choices
It's been suggested we make, on average, 35,000 decisions every single day. They can range from the mundane to the momentous, but the fact of the matter is, this magnitude of choice makes it more difficult to come to a decision that we're actually happy with. After all, when there are endless options out there, how do you know you're not missing out on something better?
To break the constant cycle of FOMO, try to create situations that limit your need to make less important decisions. For example, settle on three meals you can eat on rotation for a week and batch cook them, so you don't have to think about what to cook and shop for every night of the week. Or cull your work wardrobe to capsule-size to save time deliberating over what to wear in the morning.