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  • Writer's pictureStacey Murtagh

10 Tips on slowing down

SET DAILY INTENTIONS: focus on the most important tasks to get done. By doing this we eliminate the stress of trying to accomplish everything at once.

DIGITAL DETOX: Technology has become a major element in most of our lives. Social networking, email, and web surfing hinder our ability to focus by throwing hundreds of ideas at us. Reduce your use of social media and the internet by 50% and use that time to explore new hobbies, exercise, or meditate.

ENJOY NATURE: Take a 5-10 minute break to step outside and breathe fresh air. Try to disconnect from the rest of the world and admire the beauty of nature.

EAT SLOWER: A lot of us speed through meals, missing the chance to appreciate our food’s textures and flavours. Become more mindful of what you’re eating by chewing slower and fully experience the smell, taste, and texture of your food.

CONNECT WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS: We all want to spend quality time with close friends and family, but how often do we get to truly listen and connect? At this time more than ever we need connection, which may have to be virtual given the restrictions. If you can't meet in person try to connect on the phone and when you do connect try to reduce any background distractions. Connect on a deeper level.

SELF-CARE: making time for yourself is vital. When did you last spend valuable time with yourself? Take a night to find a new book, watch a favorite movie, try yoga, meditate, or cook a new recipe.

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.

TAKE THE SCENIC ROUTE: Next time you’re driving somewhere, take the scenic route. Driving through past fields, mountains, or in view of a city skyline can be very relaxing.

BREATHE: Even just a few moments of focusing on how your breath feels can be very powerful. Whilst working from home before switching on your laptop, close your eyes and take a few mindful breaths. Meditation can really help set the tone for the rest of your day.

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 reached in your life, and your drive to achieve new ones. Try doing this for five minutes before getting out of bed to start your day.

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