Want to live a slower life, but don’t have time to put the theory into practice? Here are five quick ways to slow down and give yourself more head-space in your day.
How much time can you spare?
Sit in a cafe, instead of getting takeaway.
Enjoy your warm drink and read an inspiring article. You’ll be saving the environment by not using a take-away coffee cup plus you get the bonus of reading magazines you don’t need to buy.
Win-win for the earth and for your wallet.
Listen to a quick meditation podcast.
Meditating for just a few minutes a day (or if you can’t meditate, just sitting in a quiet space in your own thoughts) has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, control anxiety, enhance self awareness and improve sleep.
There are a plethora of apps to download such as headspace or insight timer. Both of these resources are easy to access, have meditation guides that go for as little as just a few minutes, and best of all, are completely free to use.
Green time instead of screen time.
Take a walk in nature and drink in the beauty that surrounds you. Leave your phone at home. Do you really need to count your steps or take another photo of the sunset to post on instagram?
If someone does need to get a hold of you, you can ring them back when you get home.
Take a class.
Whether it be yoga, a pottery class, or freestyle dancing in the dark at No Lights No Lycra, do something different by removing yourself from your usual scene, learning something new, and maybe making a few friends.
Slowing down doesn’t have to mean giving up your job, moving to the country and going off grid. Just making a few minutes every day for yourself might seem impossible at first, but once you find the time, can help your mental health and wellbeing for the long run.