We are so busy with our day to day life that we end up in auto drive and we are not even aware of our surroundings. Does this sound familiar to you? It makes us feel disconnected to our friends and families and at the end of the day most of us can say we still have not accomplished everything we wanted. So what is the answer? Try some of these tips t.o help you slow down, especially during this Holiday season when its important to be in the present moment.
1 - Make some more time for yourself. Some of us make that list everyday and try to get to everything on that list. From now on when you make that list label the things that absolutely have to get done with a letter A and then everything else a B. Work on your A stuff first and either delegate the B stuff or put it on the calendar for another time. Completing that A list everyday will make you feel good and delegating will gradually teach you to ask for help and take some self care time for yourself.
2 - Make a date with yourself. When was the last time you spent some time with yourself. You should try to do something for yourself everyday. I actually put this on my calendar! Take a yoga class, read a book, take a hot bath, or even cook a new recipe. Just do something that feeds your soul.
3 - Eat slower. Most of us speed through our meals. Sometimes we don't even sit down. We don't take the time to enjoy the food we are eating and most of us don't even chew our food enough. This is actually an important part of digesting! Start chewing slower maybe count to 20 or 25 before you swallow. Sit down at the table and enjoy the smell, taste, and texture of your food.
4 - Step out into nature. take a 10-15 minute break during the day and step outside for a walk or run in nature. Make sure you disconnect, shut that phone off! Enjoy, simple as that.
5 - Take the long and pretty route. The next time you're driving somewhere take the more scenic route, something a little more relaxing with open fields and tree lined streets. I've tested this out and it doesn't add a whole lot of time to the trip. Usually 5-10 minutes tops.
6 - Connect with family and friends. Spending time with family and friends is such an important aspect for our health. But how often do we actually make the time to do this? Its time to set up some dates with your loved ones and there is no better time then during the Holidays. When you are with those people you love so much, turn off those cell phones and be present. The other person will take notice and do the same for you.
7 - Cut out some of that internet time. I'm not talking about quitting your job, I'm talking about that mind numbing time you spend on social media and emails. Believe me you're not going to miss anything big on social media and set a specific time period for emails everyday and cut that in half. Spend the time you free up doing some of these other things we have been talking about here!
8 - Make some home cooked meals. Some of you might already do this, if so, kudos to you. Take some time on a Sunday or whatever day works for your schedule and commit and plan for at least 4 sit down family meals. Need some ideas, check out my recipe Blog.
9 - Dream a little dream. When you wake up in the morning or going to bed at night try to take a moment to think about your goals and aspirations. Look back and acknowledge how far you have come and think of new things you would like to achieve. Try to imagine what your perfect day might look like and then go and make it happen!
10 - Sit in stillness for a moment. Even if its just a few minutes while your car warms up or when you first turn on your computer. Take a deep breath in through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Do this a few times with your eyes closed. This is a great way to clear your mind before you start your day.
Try to one of these tips each day and you will start to feel more relaxed, less stressed, and more yourself!
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Take care of you,