How to slow down and enjoy life
With Christmas, New Years and all the associated craziness behind us, the tail end of winter is often seen as a time for slowing down and getting cosy. But in today’s society, slowing down is something a lot of people find incredibly difficult to do. Many people feel that they don’t have the time to slow down as there’s always so much to do but not enough hours in the day. People are constantly stressed out and have forgotten what it means to enjoy life.
You may be thinking that it’s easier said than done and that slowing down is a luxury that only a select few have, but in the remainder of this article I’ll share some tips on how to slow down and enjoy life.
As the saying goes, less is more. Most people are constantly busy because they have so much they are trying to accomplish. Ultimately, they never get it all done and end up feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. You have to accept that you cannot do everything, and learn to be OK with that fact. Identify what is important and let the rest go.
Disconnect and Be Present
Today, this is crucial. Most people have smartphones which means they are permanently connected and always available. We’re constantly open to interruptions, the demands of others and a never-ending stream of information.
This allows no space to let life unfold organically or time for you to simply enjoy life as it happens. Precious moments are rare these days as too often we’re thinking about how we can share it on social media.
Rather than being in the moment, we’re relaying our life as it happens. Instead of living our life, a lot of the time, we’re just reporting on it. Consider doing a digital detox regularly as a way to slow down and enjoy life.
Actively take your time
When you start doing less and disconnecting more, you should find yourself with more time. Use this time to actively slow down.
Stick to the speed limit, join the longest queue or take the slower route. Wander with no destination or sit in a coffee shop with a book, or people watching, without checking the time. Allow yourself to experience the world around you without being on a schedule. Give yourself permission to simply enjoy the moment.
Multitasking is now considered a skill and if you are not good at it, it’s seen as something negative. But multitasking means you’re never fully focused on any one thing. Focusing on one task at a time forces you to slow down and pay attention to what you’re doing. It enables you to notice smaller things, and can often give you a different perspective, which is not possible when you’re juggling several other tasks.
Adopt an abundant outlook on time
FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) has become a very real phenomenon over the past few years with the rise of social media. As a result, there is a pressure to do everything and make it look easy and fabulous. This can lead to burn out, anxiety, depression and more.
When you adopt an abundant outlook on time, you trust the universe and believe that whatever is for you will not pass you by. You slow down and take your time because you know that there is enough time to achieve everything you want, just not all at the same time. This helps you fully enjoy and immerse yourself in the present moment knowing that you have more than enough time for the people and dreams that really matter.
Do something slow and deliberate
Meditation is a great way to slow down and it is almost always recommended however it’s not something that resonates with everyone. If meditation doesn’t work for you, simply sit for a few minutes and breathe.
Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Not changing anything, but simply observing it. Alternatively you could bake, colour-in, do a puzzle or any other activity that is slow and deliberate that requires you to focus solely on what you are doing.
Plan time to do nothing or something fun
It seems counter-intuitive to plan time to do nothing, but in the society we live in, it’s often necessary. Scheduling downtime and committing to it forces you to stop and disconnect from your busy life.
Sometimes, all that’s needed in life is some fun.
Every week, or every day if possible, block off some time to either do nothing, or something fun, depending on what you feel you need in the moment. There will be times when you need to completely stop and there will be other times when you’ll want to let your hair down.Having a regular appointment in your diary increases the chances of you actually slowing down and enjoying life.
Remember, life is about the journey, not the destination so using the tips outlined above, learn to slow down and enjoy the ride.