Do you ever find yourself rushing from one thing to the next? Feeling as though you can’t slow down because you’re worried nothing will get accomplished? Yet in all the chaos, something will probably slip through the cracks, causing you to feel even more stressed. Even though you try to convince yourself that you need to fix it all right now, slowing down is the only option. Being able to slow down will not only help you be more productive, but also help you feel better.
When it comes to multitasking, you would think that it’s the best option for getting things done. However, there have been numerous studies showing that it actually causes you to produce less quality work and make more mistakes. Slowing down and focusing on one task at a time allows you to ensure each is done fully and to the best of your abilities.
Slowing down in this way doesn’t only help with work and house chores, but it also helps you relax. Whether you’re taking a leisurely walk noticing the leaves on the trees or you’re slowly eating your favorite food, slowing down lets you fully immerse yourself and savor every moment.
Even with stressful situations, slowing down will help you see all the options you have. When stressed, we can all develop that anxious tunnel vision, only allowing us to see a few choices when really there are so many more. Taking a moment to breathe and take everything into account, lets you see all possibilities. That knowledge and awareness allows you to feel safe amidst the uncertainty.
Being able to slow down will do nothing but help you. Whether you’re currently struggling with stress or you’re trying to make the most of something, slowing down will let you get the most out of your time. Give yourself the gift of time by slowing down.
Practices to Help You Slow Down
- Notice the sights while you drive
While you drive play some soothing music, notice scenery around you, and allow yourself to enjoy the journey, rather than rushing to your destination.
- Ground yourself through your senses
Use your senses to bring yourself back to the present moment, even if you’re feeling overwhelmed or frantic. Do so by simply noticing 5 things you can see, 4 things you can feel physically, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, and 1 thing you can taste.
- Eat slowly to fully taste and savor your food
Instead of rushing through your meal or trying to multitask while eating, chew every bite slowly and generally savor the experience. It will likely only add about ten minutes to your meal time, but you don’t feel rushed and will instead have a chance to seep into the moment.
- Do an activity you usually multitask and do only that.
Choose one task to complete mindfully today and maybe add to that tomorrow. Whether that’s washing dishes, folding laundry, or cleaning the house, make enjoying the current moment your only task. Nothing else exists but the task in front of you.