This is the time of year when everything seems to be moving too quickly. If it’s not the end-of-year workload, it’s family gatherings, or neighborhood events. For many of us, we have to be everywhere at once, and find ourselves on the phone and computer as much as we are rushing to the stores and driving around town.
So, this is a perfect time for a little media fasting. Stepping away from the river of information for a few minutes can help re-focus, and remind us of what matters most.
Just like taking 3 deep breaths is a mini-meditation, and a great stress reducer, a micro media fast takes a bit of the pressure off, and helps us focus on the here and now. Some ideas for taking little breaks:
- Take a drive in silence – no radio, no music. And certainly no phones. Notice where you are, and think about where you are going.
- Step away from the computer screen for 15 minutes. Look out a window where you can see some distance – whether its a busy street or a quiet neighborhood, you will rest your eyes and give your thoughts room to breathe.
- Sit in a room (waiting room, coffee shop, etc.) with other people without reading your phone, a magazine, or a book. Talk to the person nearest you, or simply nod and smile when someone walks in, and see what happens.
- When shopping (not media itself, but a marketing immersion nonetheless), find a quiet space to close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. When you open your eyes again – look at the people around you, not the products on the shelves or racks. If you are shopping with someone, try to make eye contact with them every minute or two.
You may have done all these things in the past, but need a little reminder – I certainly do. While a nice long media-free week gets our minds really clear, a micro-fast can be just the thing to keep us going through the crazy days ahead.