Five effective ways to unplug from your busy day


With so many work and personal commitments, it can often feel as if everyone is always "on".

But if you are beginning to feel as if you are going through the motions or overwhelmed by a long list of tasks, author and motivational speaker Pinky Lilani is adamant there are many simple ways to unplug and recharge over the course of the day. Read on for details.

Random acts of kindness

Research shows that your brain releases feel-good chemicals when you undertake an act of kindness.

"Doing a selfless act helps others and it also gives your mind and body a boost. It's easy to send a text message or click the 'like' button on social media but why not take the time to write a kind note?" she said. "Being kind does not need to be difficult or costly. It can be as simple as listening to someone, showing an interest or simply smiling or saying hello to a stranger."

Get away from your desk

Many of us are guilty of working from our desks or constantly checking emails on our phones.

"Even the pleasure of going to client sites for meetings has been replaced by the convenience of less sociable video meetings. These modern and sedentary ways of working make us more stressed!" the expert noted. "Get into the habit of taking your lunch break away from your desk and your devices."

It's good to talk

Rather than relying on instant messenger or social media, set up a coffee break with a friend or colleague.

"The deeper conversations gained from talking and meeting people in person allow you to de-stress and reconnect with the people in your life," noted Pinky.

Get outdoors

Whether in the office or working from home, it can be tempting to stay inside all day. Yet, spending time outdoors or in natural sunlight is imperative for good health.

"Being outdoors raises our spirits and vitality," she insisted. "Going outdoors is also an opportunity to disconnect in a way that's truly rejuvenating. Next time you go for a walk, switch off the phone, no beeps, bells or texts. It will feel decadent!"

Try something new

Inject some excitement into your week by expanding your horizons.

"Ask yourself, when was the last time that you did something for the first time? Taking up new challenges or learning new skills can be daunting but it can also be thrilling," added Pinky.

Pinky is set to speak more on the topic at the forthcoming Niroshini Luxury Transformative retreat in May.