I don’t know about you, but I often feel like I’m always on the go. Between working in social media (social really never sleeps, y’all. Work never stops at 5pm), hobbies & projects, & trying to have a social life– my plate is full.
I’ve talked to a lot of my friends and co-workers about it too. It seems that no one knows how to slow down, take time for themselves, and reconnect with the people closest to them. That’s what inspired this blog post. More of us (especially women) have to learn when to close the laptop, turn off the phone, or decline that invitation to Happy Hour with an old college accquaintance. After some research, I’ve found these tips to slow down & I want to share them with you. Keep in mind, these exercises are meant to help you enjoy life & focus on the most important parts of your day.
Take the time to prioritize daily to-dos. I just recently started using a Chrome browser called Momentum. It has a space for to-dos, daily objectives, and comes equipped with calming, beautiful backgrounds from all over the world & inspiration quotes. 10/10 would recommend.
Enjoy nature. Honestly, this is not my favorite idea, but that’s largely because I live in the deep south & it’s about 99% humidity right now. But really a 5-10 minute break to step outside and breathe in some fresh air can really do a body (and mind!) good.
Connect with family and friends. Few things make my heart full like a day of fun with my family and closest friends. One of the things I want to challenge myself to do is put away the electronics & practice active listening to connect on an even deeper level.
Give yourself more time. Stop. Overscheduling. Yourself. I am guilty of this. Oftentimes, my day is spent largely in the elevator of my office building running from one conference room to another. Next time you’re jotting down new tasks and meetings in your calendar, factor in more time when estimating how long things will take. Breathing room will make your day feel less rushed and cause less stress.
Make time for yourself. When was the last time you took time to read, watch a favorite movie, or try a new hobby? Pick a night and set it aside as valuable time to spend with yourself to replenish that emotional piggy bank.
Remember your goals and aspirations. It’s easy to get bogged down with the day to day, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Each morning when you wake up, take a few minutes to reflect on your aspirations. Think about the milestones you’ve already hit and your drive to achieve new ones. Try doing this for about five minutes each morning before getting out of bed to really set the tone for your day.
Have you ever tried any of these tips? Did they work for you? Let me know in the comments!