Life gets busy. Between work, family, errands, bills and anything else that unexpectedly pops up, there’s not a lot of time to kick back and stop rushing around. Even during the holidays, when time is supposed to be about relaxation and reconnecting with people, things can be more stressful than not. It’s a new year, and time to focus a bit more on yourself. Here are a few ways you can do it.
Put Down the Phone
Face it, we’re addicted to our phones. On average, we spend more time on our electronic devices than sleeping, according to a recent study. Sure, sometimes we’re doing important work and there’s a real need, but how often are you checking social media, game scores or playing a video game? Try putting the phone down and focusing on work, or people in the room with you. Real interaction can make a difference in your mood, and how others interact with you.
Step Away from the Desk
I’m guilty of getting in the zone and just focusing on whatever I’m working on for hours at end, but that’s not always the best way to get things done. Taking short breaks every so often makes you more efficient, and helps you get more work done. Don’t be afraid to take a 15-minute break, go for a walk or just get away from your work. When you come back to it, you’ll be refreshed.
Chances are, you haven’t seen EVERYTHING in the area where you live. Get away from technology and go for a drive, or take transit somewhere you’ve never been. Visit a museum, try a new restaurant, go see a concert–get away from the computer or smartphone–and learn more about the world around you first hand. This gets your mind off work and focused on enjoying life a little more.
Take A Nap
It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re engaged in a game, a show or social media. Sometimes, the best way to recharge is to just take a nap. When you’re always busy, it might sound blasphemous to talk about napping, but trust me, if you want to be recharged and refueled, you need to rest and a nap is one of the best things you can do, quickly and easily.
Pick Up a Hobby
We can end up filling our empty time staying “busy” with our phones or technology, or even empty work. One way to get out of that cycle is to pick up a hobby. Find something new to do that compels you: brew beer, go cycling, play an instrument, take up tabletop gaming. Or, pick up an old hobby again. I’m doing exactly that by getting back into illustration.
There you go, six ways to unplug and find yourself again. It’s important to note that I’m not advocating for unplugging because technology is evil–it’s definitely needed! But so is time away. Go out and make the most of it!
Article written by Bruce Sturgell
Bruce is the founder of Chubstr.com, a style blog that helps guys to find, create, and share their own personal style with the world by offering them articles, resources, and reader photo submissions.
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