Do you find yourself getting to the end of the week and wondering where on earth the week has gone? Do you feel yet another week has passed you by and you’ve been busy caught up in being busy?
Do you get a sense that if you just slowed down a little life might not pass you by quite so quickly?
Sometimes it can feel like life is happening to us when we’re constantly caught up in being so busy.
We find ourselves running ahead, tripping over ourselves, to get the next thing on the ‘to do’ list done. We’re constantly trying to juggle and multitask. And if you’ve got kids, you’re more than likely juggling their busy schedules too.
We’re on this perpetual cycle of busy and we rarely come up for air!
Life can feel like it is quite literally passing us by.
But this never ending cycle of ‘busy’ is exhausting and stressful.
It puts a strain on our emotional and mental wellbeing, not to mention the strain it puts on our relationships.
It’s important to take a break from this cycle of busy.
But before you say, “it’s impossible to take a break, I’ve just got too much to do”, hear me out.
It doesn’t have to be difficult or challenging to slow down a little. There are small tweaks we can make to how we do things that make a big difference.
And the more we slow down, the more we will actually get done!
I know that seems farfetched, but it’s true, I promise.
So how do we engage more in the present moment and slow down?
Here are 3 things that help me to slow down:
- Awareness. Notice when you’ve got caught up in the busy. Remind yourself it’s ok. The important thing is that you’ve caught yourself doing it. Taking that moment to recognise it, you’ve taken a break from it.
- Take a breath. Literally take a deep breath (or 3). Inhale deeply and exhale some of the tension in your shoulders or wherever you feel it has been building up. You oxygenate your blood and give your organs a bit of a massage. Your body will thank you for that short break.
- Slow down. Mentally make a decision to turn down the busy from say a maxed out 10, to 9.5. It’s just a slight shift in slowing down. You don’t have to stop completely. This will give you a little bit of space.
Remember: Start small and build from there.
P.S. What one thing will remind you that you’ve got caught up in busy? Mindfulness is a bit like building muscle memory, the more you do – even if 10 seconds at a time – you’ll end up doing it more automatically.
P.P.S Reply via email – I’d love to hear how you are getting on, or let me know if you’re struggling and need a little inspiration to make a start!