Take time to relax every day. It doesn’t have to be for hours at a time. Even 5 or 10 minute “mini-breaks” spread out over the course of the day can make a big difference. Just stop and take a deep breath, take a look at the trees and flowers in the garden and just be conscious and aware of things around you. I am also focusing on taking a bigger relaxation break at least once a week by going to observe nature at a local garden or park.
Try to only focus on one thing, and only do one thing at a time. I am working on this by telling myself, “You do not have to always multi-task, focus on the thing you are doing so it will be the best it can be.” This will result in a better product if it is work related, and better quality of time and the experience if it is not work-related.
Schedule “slow time” on your calendar every week. This one is something I think will make a big difference to my daily life. I always feel like I should be doing something productive. If make it an appointment like I would for anything else, I will be more likely to stick to it and give it the same seriousness I give to any other meeting.
Spend some time alone to reflect and renew by doing the things that rejuvenate and relax you. For me, these are things like listening to music, taking a long, hot bubble bath and reading.
Eat slowly. This is another place where I feel so hypocritical. I am often so busy during the day that I don’t even take the time to sit down and eat and don’t always notice the great taste of my own homegrown produce. Slowing down not only lets you enjoy your food, but, is healthier because it improves digestion. If you are enjoying your food and notice what you are eating, the flavors, the textures and the fragrances, it will also help you to stop thinking about all the other things you need to do next and just relax and enjoy your meal.
There are countless other ways to go slow and to join the “slow movement.” Why not use that ever-present connectedness and check them out. Or, you could try doing it the old-fashioned way and check out Carl Honore’s best selling book In Praise of Slowness.
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