5 Ways to Slow Down Your Life

My name is Talin, and I am a busy body. (Cue support group, sitting in circle: “Hi Talin…”)

A lot of times, I find myself overwhelmed at how incredibly FAST life passes by. Every year seems to go by faster and faster, and I find myself having difficulty keeping up with it. Thankfully, I do make a conscious effort to stop and smell the roses, and I’d say this is the reason why I’ve kept my sanity…and friends.

Living in the present and learning how to truly savor moments, I would argue, is the key to not getting caught up in the whirlwind of life. Easier said than done, right? So uh, where do we start? Well, here are some tips I’ve gathered that help me personally slow down, in the midst of my busy-body lifestyle.

 

1. Start a conversation with someone.

In a coffee shop, the store, your neighborhood, wherever…starting a conversation with someone is a great way to 1. notice your surroundings and 2. enrich your otherwise dull everyday experience. You never know who you’ll meet and where that conversation will take you. You may feel creepy about it, but use discernment as to when/where is appropriate. However, in my experience, you can’t really go wrong with being friendly/kind.

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2. Go for a walk.

Time and time again, we are told the benefits of getting our butts off the couch (or office chair) and going for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a huge event or full on workout (I have to tell myself this); any amount of time in any location will make a difference. Getting yourself into a routine is even better.

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3. Drink your coffee/beverage of choice outside…without your phone.

Most of us have our drinks that accompany us during our daily routines, but most of the time, they’re following us into our cars, remaining in our hands/cupholders while we do our errands, or if you’re less fortunate, ending up in our laps, because we’re not taking a moment to breathe during a hectic day. Instead, I challenge you to stop, breathe, and take your drink outside, without your mobile device (don’t worry, the separation will be temporary!) and truly try to savor each sip. You will be amazed at how much this will significantly slow down your day.

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4. Go at your own pace.

Everyday, our society tells us to move faster and faster, while managing to do a million things at once (which is why this tip may cause controversy). And if you’re a people pleaser like I am, you will attempt to do this while trying to meet everyone’s expectations, eventually disappointing at least some of those people, because you are only human. As the years go by, and my responsibilities grow greater, I have learned to respect my natural pace and be honest with people about what that is (too slow for some people, perfectly fine, or impressive to others); that way, in my experience, you can still manage their expectations while doing your best job possible. Of course this will usually be a compromise, (because if it were up to me, my work days would begin at noon) but in order for my work to be its strongest, I need to do things at my own pace.

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5. Blog!

Starting my blog has been one of the best ways for me to consciously slow my life down and learn how to live life in the present tense. Not only am I more thoughtful about my day to day and how to tell my story, but I have become a lot more intentional and conscientious about striving to “practice what I preach.” My blog serves as a past, present and future journal, and is certainly a great place for me to store my thoughts, ideas, and inspirations. If you are looking for a powerful yet relaxing way to slow your thoughts down, give them their own space, whether that is an online blog, or a private journal.

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