How To Slow Down
In today’s fast paced world we are constantly encouraged to pack life full to the brim of activities and responsibilities - up to a point where there is no time for you to enjoy any of it. The lines between personal-life and work-life have blurred, due to smartphones and the internet we are constantly connected to one another and there is a little voice in the back of our heads continuously telling us that there is something that we have forgotten to do.
Constantly moving at an unsustainable pace with the sole goal of always keeping ourselves busy can have a serious impact on our mental, emotional and physical health, our relationships as well as the general quality of our life.
Therefore, it is important to remember that you do have a choice to take a step outside from this hectic always-on lifestyle, to slow down and to make the conscious choice to really fully feel and appreciate every moment.
Here is how to do just that:
Do Less: Instead of trying to accomplish hundreds of things every day, choose 3-4 tasks that are important and put your full focus into those. Let go of things that are not vital and instead commit to giving your best to only a couple of tasks.
Be Present: It's difficult to slow down if you’re stuck living in the past or worrying about the future. A big part of being present is eliminating distractions and being mindful of the current moment. If you find your mind drifting off, simply stop, take a deep breath and bring yourself back to the current moment.
Single Task: Essentially, the opposite of multitasking, single-tasking means focusing only on the task at hand and not letting your mind wander off to other issues. Choosing quality over quantity will make life less stressful and the results of the tasks completed more rewarding.
Go Out to Nature: Going outside and really taking a moment to appreciate the nature surrounding us is a great way to recharge our batteries. Go for a walk either alone or with your loved ones, exercise in nature or simply sit and enjoy the greenery for a moment.
Breathe: When you feel yourself getting worried or rushed, simply pause, let go of any regrets and worries and bring yourself back to the present moment - take a deep breath through your nose, hold that breath and then breathe out through your mouth. Take a couple more deep breaths and really focus on the air coming in and leaving your body.