10 Ways to Slow Down Life
Do you constantly feel rushed and tired? The constant rush and need to be in a hurry in big cities can lead to missing out on the moment, being unable to focus on the beauty around. However, taking a few small steps can slow down life and allow us to enjoy the moment and feel less tired spiritually.
Slowing down and living in the present moment, also known as mindfulness, can have positive effects ranging from reducing blood pressure to decreasing anxious feelings. Here, Panacea Atelier offers some ways to make a conscious effort to slow down:
1-Solve a puzzle
Puzzles, puzzle games, and even reading "quote of the day" can distract your mind from the fast-paced world around you. They can force you to slow down and focus on the task at hand.
2-Establish a morning routine
Having a morning routine can be a way to simplify your life and bring a relaxing consistency to your days and weeks. How you spend your morning is up to you: try walking, meditating, lighting a candle or incense , journaling, or even selecting your outfit for the next day so you have one less decision to make in the morning.
3-Make a to-do list
Perhaps you're feeling anxious because there is so much to do. Try making a to-do list or using an Eisenhower matrix to visually represent exactly what's on your plate so you can better plan what is important and what isn't. Learn how to set weekly goals to organize your life.
Take a minute at certain points throughout your day to focus on the present moment - here and now. Concentrate on taking in your surroundings. This can create a time-slowing effect and encourage calmness.
5-Listen to a podcast
There are many podcasts focused on supporting mental health and helping you make small changes to slow down. Listening to a podcast about a topic you enjoy can also help you relax.
6-Put your phone down
For some, phones can be a major stressor due to constant notifications and reminders. Take some time away from your device and any distractions. Similarly, if you frequently access it through your smartphone, try spending less time in your email inbox. Small things like turning on the "do not disturb" feature or unsubscribing from unwanted newsletters can go a long way for your mental health.
Reflect on past actions or current actions and try to feel grateful for their positive outcomes. Ways to practice gratitude include keeping a gratitude journal, maintaining a meditation practice, using a gratitude jar (writing positive moments on slips of paper and adding them to a jar), or even taking a few deep breaths throughout the day.
Focusing on reading material can occupy your mind and relax your body. Starting a new book can be a good way to take a break from the world around you for a little while.
If coworkers send email you late into the evening or on weekends, it can harm your work-life balance and cause stress. It's okay to establish boundaries with email, such as setting specific hours when you'll respond, or not responding outside of work hours altogether.
10-Take a break
If you're feeling overwhelmed or stressed, it's okay to take a break. Step away from whatever is causing you stress and engage in an activity that brings you joy or peace, such as taking a walk or listening to music. Remember that it's important to prioritize your mental health and well-being.