Slowing Down

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‘But by taking the time away, getting myself off the treadmill, and just slowing down and learning, I felt I had so much more to give back. And maybe that was something that needed to happen for all of us.’
Lindsey Buckingham

Life moves at such a fast pace that it seems to pass us by before we can really enjoy it.

A slower paced day means making time to enjoy your morning, instead of rushing off in a frenzy. It means taking time to enjoy whatever you are doing, to appreciate the outdoors, to actually focus on whoever you are talking to or spending time with – instead of always being connected to a phone or laptop. It means single tasking rather than switching between a multitude of tasks and focusing on none of them.

It is not enough to just slow down – try to be mindful of whatever you are doing at the moment. That means, when you find yourself thinking about something you need to do, or something that is already happened, or something that might happen ….. gently bring yourself back to the present moment. Focus on what is going on right now. On your actions, on your environment, on others around you.

Try not to be always be connected. If you carry around a mobile device, shut it off. Better still, learn to leave it behind when possible. If you work on a computer most of the day, have times when you disconnect so you can focus on other things.

Appreciate nature. Many of us are shut in our homes and offices and cars and trains most of the time, and rarely do we get the chance to go outside. And often even when people are outside, they are talking on their phones. Instead, take the time to go outside and really observe nature, take a deep breath of fresh air, enjoy the serenity of water and greenery and nature.

When you find yourself speeding up and stressing out, pause, and take a deep breath. Take a few more. Really feel the air coming into your body, and feel the stress going out. By fully focusing on each breath, you bring yourself back to the present, and slow yourself down.

Slowing down is a conscious choice, and not always an easy one, but it leads to a greater appreciation for life and a greater level of happiness.

‘Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going to fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.’
Eddie Cantor

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