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  • Writer's pictureJack Winston

Use Meal Times to Focus on Your Food or Friends, Not Your Phone 🥗


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Tip at a Glance: Because lunch is supposed to be for relaxing, most of us justify a quick scroll during lunch. But for a lot of people, lunch is a common trigger to start the vicious cycle of doomscrolling. If this is you, consider using lunch to engage in mindful activities, like conversations or just focusing on your meal. I’ve found that I feel even more relaxed and energized when engaging in mindful activities during my breaks.


Okay, so I went to Sweetgreen today and I saw something that inspired me to write this post.

No, I’m not writing an angry post about inflation and my $17 salad in NYC. The fact I didn’t meal prep this weekend is on ME.

Instead, I’m talking about how when I walked into the restaurant (is restaurant too strong of a word? Establishment? Spot? Whatever it’s called….) EVERYONE eating was on their phone.

Listen, I get it. You’re scrolling during lunch because this is your break time. You’ve been working hard all day and now you have an hour where you can relax and not focus. But as I’ve said a million times before and will say a million times again: mindless scrolling doesn’t just waste time in the moment. It impacts you for the rest of the day.

I understand everyone has different goals. Some people can enjoy a quick lunch scroll and can be good for the rest of the day. But for a lot of people, this is a common trigger to fall into the vicious cycle of doomscrolling.

If this sounds like you and you usually scroll during lunch, consider using this time to engage in mindful activities, like conversation or even just focusing on your meal (you’ll enjoy it more!)

I’ve found that even though lunch is for relaxing, that I’m even more refreshed and relaxed when I use it to engage in mindful activities instead of mindless scrolling.


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