It has never been easier to connect with someone on the other side of the world, yet it’s so easy to feel disconnected from the people closest to us. We have more tools than ever to simplify tasks and accomplish more things quickly, yet our to-do lists have never been longer. Life is short, and time flies, especially in today’s fast-paced world.
These exercises are meant to help you slow down, enjoy life, and focus on the most important parts of your day.
1.) Remember your goals and aspirations. Each morning when you wake up, take a few moments to think about your life goals and aspirations. Recall the milestones you’ve already made in your life, and your drive to achieve new ones. Try doing this for about five minutes before getting out of bed to start your day. Have a journal next to your bed to help you reflect!
2.) Take the time to prioritize daily objectives. By focusing on the most important tasks to get done, we eliminate the hustle and stress of trying to accomplish everything at once.
3.) Give yourself more time. Some of us like to stick to a tight schedule and plan all our daily events. Next time you’re jotting down new tasks in your planner, factor in a few extra minutes when estimating how long things will take. This will help you not rush through daily tasks. You have more time than you think!
4.) Make time for yourself. When did you spend valuable time with yourself? Take a night to read a new book, watch a favorite movie, try yoga, meditate, or cook a new recipe! It’s considered even healthy to sometimes do nothing!
5.) Sit for a moment with your eyes closed before you start work or turn on your computer. Even just a few moments of meditation can set the tone for the rest of your day. Try to empty your mind and take deep, belly filled, breaths before jumping into your day’s tasks.
6.) Cut personal Internet use by half. Technology has become a major element in most of our lives. Social networking, email and web surfing can occasionally cause our minds to lose focus and wander through hundreds of topics, thoughts, and try to use half your designated Internet time to explore new hobbies, exercise or meditate.
7.) Enjoy nature. When time permits – take a five to 10 minute break to step outside and breathe in some fresh air. Disconnect from the rest of the world and concentrate on the beauty of nature. Another way to enjoy nature and to support your body is by grounding.
8.) Eat slower. A lot of us tend to speed through meals – missing the chance to appreciate different textures and flavors. Start to chew foods slower and distinguish new tastes, aromas and consistencies.
9.) Connect with family and friends. We all try to make a considerable amount of time to spend with close friends and family. We discuss life events and exchange stories – but how often do we catch up while truly listening and connecting? Put away the cell phones and steer clear of noisy environments. Connect on a deeper level.
10.) Take the scenic route. Next time you’re driving a somewhat long distance – take the scenic route. Driving through open fields, mountains, or viewing a city skyline can be very relaxing. Or, if you are driving home from work, maybe take a different way to get there. You never know what you’ll see and it’s healthy to switch things up!
Share with us any tips you have that you weave into your day that promotes well-being! We’d love to know!
Written by Nan DeGroat, CEO of Breakthrough M2 and Alula Wellness