Girl, life is crazy. Sometimes it reminds me of that annual race in England, where folks chase a wheel of cheese down a really steep hill. Got the visual?
For many, it feels like when you’re not at work running to the boss’s schedule, you’re creating your own manic schedule of friends, drinks, kids, to-do lists and appointments. Throw in a beeping iPhone, and a lengthy Facebook group message (notifications turned ONNN) and you’re starting to know what that cheese feels like.
So what are some easy, everyday things you can do to hit the brakes and slow down?
1. Stop scrolling….. now.
Endlessly checking your Facebook wall – same goes for Instagram – can leave your mind fuzzy. You lose focus, and (as recent studies show) it can even lead to low confidence and self-doubt. Try leaving your phone in your room for the night, or read a book instead of surfing the net. Kick it old school homey. And while I’m on it, when you’re meeting up with a friend for coffee – leave the phone in your bag. There’s nothing like a vibrating text to ruin a good convo.
2. Get outside.
We weren’t designed to sit in front of a computer all day. Take a break and breathe in some real air. Soak up some of that elusive Vitamin D – your bod will thank you.
3. Chew your food.
Ever driven a familiar route home and felt like you zoned out the entire trip? We eat food in the same way! Stop, and take time to eat more mindfully. Chew every single bite. Enjoy your food in a happy place, free from distractions. You’ll feel satisfied and less likely to reach for seconds, or thirds….
4. Be selfish.
Some people draw energy from others, while others need to be alone to recharge. If you fall into the latter category (I hear ya!) scheduling time into your week to be on your lonesome is vital. Choose a night, or even a few hours to do something for yourself like watching a movie, or even just tidy your room with some music and tea.
5. Meditate without meditating.
Slow, deep breaths in the morning before you roll out of bed is beneficial in reducing stress and even digestive disorders. One of my favourite experts in health and happiness Dr Andrew Weil recommends the 4-7-8 breathing exercise. Breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds, hold for 7, and then out through your mouth for 8. Repeat 4 times, and you’re done.
6. Sweat it out.
Don’t think, just pull on those shoes and go. Post exercise endorphins and eventual fatigue are enough to have you hitting the pillow happy.