Stop and Smell the Roses: The Art of Slowing Down and Embracing Life – It has never been easier to connect with someone on the other side of the world, yet feeling disconnected from the people closest to us is so easy. We have more tools than ever to simplify tasks and accomplish more things quickly, yet our to-do lists have never been longer. Life is short, and time flies, especially in today’s fast-paced world.
The Art of Slowing Down and Embracing Life
The following suggestions help you slow down, better appreciate life, and focus on the most important parts of your day.
- Take time to prioritize daily objectives. By focusing on the most important tasks to get done, we eliminate the hustle and stress of trying to accomplish everything at once.
- Cut personal internet time. Technology tends to overshadow most of our lives. Social networking, email, and web surfing often cause our minds to lose focus and wander through hundreds of topics, thoughts, and ideas. Try to reduce your internet time to have more time to explore new hobbies, exercise, etc.
- Enjoy nature. Take a five to ten-minute break daily to step outside and breathe in some fresh air and concentrate on the beauty of nature.
- Eat slower. Many of us speed through meals, thereby missing the chance to appreciate different food textures and flavors. Start to chew foods more slowly and distinguish new tastes, aromas, and consistencies.
- Connect with family and friends. We all make a concerted effort to spend time with close friends and family. That time is usually spent discussing life events and exchanging stories, but how often do we catch up while genuinely listening and connecting? Put away your cell phone and steer clear of noisy environments. Connect on a deeper level.
- Make time for yourself. When did you last spend valuable time on yourself? Take a night to find a new book, watch a favorite old movie, try yoga or meditation, or even experiment with a new recipe.
- Give yourself more time. When planning your daily schedule, give yourself a few extra minutes when estimating how long things will take. Allowing those additional minutes will help you take time with everyday tasks.
- Take the scenic route. Next time you’re driving a long distance, take the scenic route. Driving through open fields and mountains or viewing a city skyline can be very relaxing.
- Take a few extra minutes before you “power up” for the day. Even just a few moments of meditation can set the tone for the rest of your day. Try to empty your mind and take deep breaths before jumping into your day’s tasks.
- Remember your goals and aspirations. Each morning when you wake up, take a few moments to think about your life goals and aspirations. Recall the milestones you’ve already made in your life, and take time to expand your consciousness to allow new thoughts and ideas to flow.
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