Why You Need to Slow Down (and How to Actually Do It)

Slowing down sounds incredibly appealing, but does it ever really happen? There’s always chores to finish, events to attend, errands to run, and places to be. And with phones attached to our palms, even when we’re sitting still physically, our minds are constantly busy with email notifications or the urge to Instagram.

But truly slowing down is actually imperative to your health; it gives your mind and body time to rest and recharge. The hard part? Choosing to chill out takes a lot of effort. It requires being mindful of the way you spend your time and the mindset you put yourself in. It also involves leaving room for it in your busy schedule.

 

Here are 5 ways to slow down—for real this time.

 

1. Savor down time

Watching a reality show at the end of a long day is one of life’s truest pleasures, at least for me. Instead of catching up on Real Housewives while texting friends, checking Snapchats, and pinning from your iPad, nix the hand-held devices. Physically put them in the other room and enjoy just one thing.

 

2. Make driving zen

While taking a slow, scenic drive is one way to relax, the type of driving we do on a daily basis is anything but. Instead of racing to your destination and cutting people off on the way, give yourself 5 extra minutes to enjoy the ride. Put on a podcast or music you love, drive slow, and leave the road rage to everyone else.

 

3. Single-task chores

If you’re the queen of making dinner while folding laundry and feeding your cat, stop! Multi-tasking chores might seem smart, but it’s actually making you more stressed and is training your brain to have a shorter attention span. Make dinner and enjoy the process—without thinking of the other tasks you could fit in.

 

4. Say ‘no’ once a week

One night a week, make a hard “no-plans” rule. That means no dinner with friends, no attending someone’s event, and no taking on extra work at the office. Instead, take a bath, read a book, or just sleep! Saying no to everyone might seem selfish, but carving this time for yourself to recharge is crucial.

 

5. Meditate, kinda

If you’re a fan of meditation or willing to try, it’s a great way to sit still and let your eyes rest. Even if your mind wanders—which it will—try your best to slow your body and brain through the practice. If you can’t get on board with traditional meditation, take a couple minutes a day to sit and breath (which is basically meditation). The Headspace app is perfect for non-believers and beginners.

 

How do you slow down? Share with us in the comments below.

  • Chloe

    Thank you so much for these tips. You’re right, slowing down is so important and this post has really made me realise that it’s good to take time for yourself! I’m definitely going to start interpreting these tips into my daily life 🙂 I especially like the “No” rule, it’s such a good idea!

    Have a great week!

    Chloe @ https://girllgonerogue.blogspot.co.uk/

  • My friends always tell me to slow, but its so tough because I have so much going on!! Im gonna try #4 this week! lol, lets see how it goes!!
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  • Nikki Laraja

    #3 – so true! I always prided myself on my ability to multi task, while only recently realizing that it was causing my brain to never fully unwind, focusing on one task at a time can actually be therapeutic!

    http://www.shopthecoconutroom.com

  • Nicci Alain

    I’m still working on letting go of my phone in the night but I have been succeeding on my morning phone rules:
    -dont ever check work emails. more often than not, work emails set the whole tone of the day, and not always to a bright one.
    -allow myself some minutes to browse the fun guilty pleasure sites after waking up. facebook, instagram..I have realized it’s much much stressful to restrain myself from doing it.
    -but after those few minutes, i have resolved not to browse the net for the next two hours until i get to work. –this two hours includes my prep time for leaving the house and commute time.
    -my most fave part of the routine is during my train ride, when i try to
    just not think of anything for the whole 30 minutes. I just switch off all brain thinking activities. I must say this start of the day routine is soothing and energizing at the same time and sets me up really good!

  • so great! I definitely need to slow down some more and just learn to relax =o)

    https://dreamofadventures.com/

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