Slowing It Down




‘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 at times it seems to pass by before we can really enjoy it.

A slower paced day means leaving time to enjoy your morning, instead of rushing off in a frenzy. It means taking time to enjoy whatever you are doing, to actually focus on who 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.

As you slow down try to be mindful of what you are doing at the moment. When you find yourself thinking about something that you need to do, or something that is already happened, or something that might happen ….. gently bring yourself back to 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, switch 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, offices, cars and trains most of the time, and rarely get the chance to go outside. And often even when people are outside, they are talking on their phones. Take the time today to go outside and really observe nature, take a deep breath of cold air, enjoy the serenity of water, greenery and nature.

Remember, when you find yourself speeding up and stressing, pause, and take a deep breath…Take a few more. Feel the air coming into your body, and the stress going out. 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 it down today and really see the see things that matter most to you.

‘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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