Does your inner voice keep telling you to slow down?
You’d like to, but can’t find the time with nonstop deadlines, childcare, places to be and people to see. Getting a lot done isn’t bad – but feeling constantly rushed is. The stress that rushing creates can keep you awake at night, diminish your peace of mind and make you sick and cranky.
During this busy season, give yourself permission to move into the slow lane. Below are 3 simple tips!
- Pause. Say you’re surrounded by traffic jams, chattering people or noisy crowds — consciously shift your focus from these annoyances to the tangible things around you such as light, air and objects. Observing the stillness of these elements can provide a pause from rushing thoughts.
- Retreat. Enjoy timeouts during your day. Take a short walk and breathe in fresh air. Have a quiet lunch. Spend a few minutes reading or contemplate restful thoughts and images — a favorite view, your pet’s face or a special memory.
- Meditate. Try it right now: Take a deep breath and relax your facial muscles. Lower your shoulders and arms and loosen up your hands and wrists. If seated, uncross your legs or ankles; feel your thighs sink into your chair, and your calves become heavy. Activate your relaxation response by continuing this process and slowly breathing in and out.