Good morning, lovelies!  Yesterday, Greg and I were talking about how each year seems to be going by faster than the previous.  Does anyone agree?  We live in a time where everything is done sooo quickly.  With all of the awesome technology we have access to, we are constantly "plugged in," which can be both a benefit, and a hindrance.  In this fast paced world we live in, sometimes I catch myself not even paying attention to the present moment.  Eeek, this is not how I want to live!  Yes, I cut myself some slack (I am human), but in general, I feel that slowing down is the optimal thing for me to do. slow downHere is a list that I made for myself.  If even one of these tips resonates with you, great!

  1. Step away from technology!  Ahh, how many times do we catch ourselves checking our phones/email/social media during the day?  I know that this is a HUGE one for me.  My friend Simi recently wrote a great post about unplugging, and it was super helpful.  Something that I like to do, is not check any social media until my morning routine (coffee, brekkie, meditation, shower, etc.) is complete.  Another tip is not using any technology after 8PM.  Am I perfect at this?  Heck no!  Do I try my best?  Yep!
  2. Breathe.  So simple, right?  Anytime I feel distracted, rushed, stressed, or pretty much any other emotion or feeling, I sit back, close my eyes, and take a deep breath. Seriously, it takes 10 seconds, and can mindfully slow you down significantly.
  3. Chew your food!  My maternal grandmother used to chew each bite 28 times.  Crazy, right?  How many times do you catch yourself taking a bite, chewing twice, then swallowing?  I have been just as guilty!  The last few years, I have really tried to slow down, chew, and enjoy my food.  Not only does it taste better, but you will notice different flavors, and start to recognize when you're actually full (as opposed to how much is left on your plate).
  4. Enjoy some self-care.  Whether that is getting a massage, taking a nap, reading, or taking a bubble bath, do something that you enjoy.  Basically, hit the reset button on your mind, body, and spirit, all at once.
  5. Connect with someone you care about.  Have a meaningful talk with a coworker, call your mom (or someone you love), give/receive a hug, kiss your significant other, etc.  Drop from the head, into the heart.
  6. Get outside!  Nature is the best way to slow down.  Even if you don't have time to exercise outside, simply going outside for a few minutes can revive you.
  7. This one can definitely be the most difficult: mindfulness.  Being aware when you feel disconnected or rushed, and bringing yourself back to center, is the greatest way to slow down.  Are you going to get there tomorrow?  Possibly, but it may take time.  Simply starting the process can be the greatest awareness.

These tips have certainly assisted me, and I hope that they are able to help you in some way.

What do YOU like to do to slow down?  I'd love to hear!

xo.  Jen