In today’s world, we’re inundated with a constant stream of information. From news articles to social media feeds to endless emails and notifications, it can be difficult to keep up with everything that’s going on. This constant barrage of information can be overwhelming and stressful, and it can also be a major drain on our time and energy. That’s where the concept of the “low-information diet” comes in.
What is a Low-Information Diet?
The low-information diet is a term that was popularized by author and entrepreneur Tim Ferriss. The basic idea behind the low-information diet is to intentionally limit the amount of information you consume on a daily basis. By doing so, you can reduce your stress levels, increase your productivity, and free up more time for the things that truly matter to you.
The low-information diet doesn’t mean that you should completely disconnect from the world and stop consuming any information at all. Rather, it means being intentional about what you consume and how much time you spend consuming it. Here are some tips for applying the low-information diet in your life:
Set Limits on Social Media
Social media is one of the biggest sources of information overload for many people. It’s easy to spend hours scrolling through your Facebook or Twitter feed, consuming endless amounts of information without really thinking about it. To apply the low information diet, set limits on your social media use. Consider deleting apps from your phone or limiting your time on social media to a certain amount per day.
Be Selective About Your News Sources
The news can be another major source of stress and overwhelm. To apply the low-information diet to your news consumption, be selective about the sources you choose to follow. Consider subscribing to one or two high-quality news sources, rather than trying to keep up with every breaking news story. You might also want to limit the amount of time you spend watching or reading the news each day.
Be Mindful of Your Email Inbox
Email is another major source of information overload for many people. To apply the low information diet to your email inbox, be mindful of the messages you receive and how you respond to them. Consider unsubscribing from newsletters and other email lists that you don’t really need or care about. You might also want to limit the amount of time you spend checking and responding to emails each day.
Focus on Quality over Quantity
Finally, remember that the low-information diet isn’t about completely cutting yourself off from the world. It’s about being intentional about what you consume and focusing on quality over quantity. Rather than trying to keep up with everything that’s going on, focus on the things that truly matter to you. Spend your time and energy on the activities and information that bring you joy and fulfillment.
Remember much of what we consume in the news, radio, television, and internet contains a lot of violence, fear, hatred, and despair. We can say that a lot of media is toxic; it poisons our hearts and minds. It makes us sick just like a poor diet would make us sick. As consumers of this information, we need to use our mindfulness to be aware of our thoughts, feelings, and perceptions when we consume it so that we can protect ourselves. We need to know how much is enough. Mindfulness helps protect our hearts and minds. By being mindful of what we consume and how much time we spend consuming it, we can create a more peaceful and fulfilling life for ourselves. For more information on mindfulness please read my blog post, “7 Techniques for Practicing Mindfulness,” and please read the following FREE book, “The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation.”
If you are struggling with an addiction to the internet or need help managing the information you consume, please contact me, Dr. Christine Dickson, clinical psychologist. My practice focuses on mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy, which is an evidence-based treatment Please reach out to me today through my website.
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