It’s easy to rush about trying to get everything done on your endless “To Do” list but by slowing down and taking your time has positive benefits on your health.
8 Things to help you slow down and smell the roses so to speak!
- Health – We get stressed when we hurry all the time and rush around, by slowing down, your long term health will benefit. Make your health a priority, as this is harder to change in the long run, where as filing your work away or meeting a deadline, especially if unrealistic will long be forgotten in years to come.
- Allowing more Time – If you need to be somewhere don’t give yourself added stress by being late, let the person know you’re going to be late and give them a realistic E.T.A and if you’re prone to being late, work out how late you normally are and make sure you allow yourself that extra time to get ready next time + an extra 10 minutes for luck!
- Meditate – By practising meditation you are more in tune with the present moment and less likely to be stressed as your brain is more in tune with concentration and focus and helps you regain that positive feeling. Meditation has been shown to reduce Blood pressure, lower the stress hormone cortisol and increased length of your telomeres in your brain that are linked to ageing, i.e. slows down ageing process!! So all good. Meditation never has to be complicated and only achieved by gurus or monks, anyone can do it. A simple meditation is focusing on your breath or working through your body from head to toe releasing each muscle and micro-muscle. Give it a go.
- To Do list – Try rearranging your list with 2 columns, one with your priorities and the other with things you’d like to do but it wouldn’t be a disaster if you didn’t achieve it. This way you have things clearer in your mind and it takes a bit of pressure of you to get everything done at once.
- Nature – Allow yourself time to appreciate that things sometimes do take time, like flowers growing, or the sun coming out. Be inspired by things around you that sometimes do take their time but the end result is worth waiting for.
- Achievable Deadlines – It’s good to have a deadline but does everything need to have one and are they achievable? Choose which of your goals should have a deadline and where you can allow yourself a bit more flexibility. A little bit of stress can be good but remember to put a limit on it.
- Mindfulness – By being aware of the moment and focusing your attention on what you are doing can help reduce stress. If you’re walking quickly, focus on the sound of your footsteps rather than the fact you need to hurry up. By being aware of where you are and what you are doing can help calm your mind and help you become more positive and relaxed.
- Grateful – Be grateful with what you have around you and have achieved, as opposed to always focusing on the end point of a huge goal. This helps you to enjoy the process, rather than feeling stressed as not met the end goal yet.
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