Slowing down in this busy world isn’t the easiest thing to do.
But if you want to be healthy, taking care of your self should be top of your list.
A few months ago I went on an amazing family vacation. Each morning, even though I tried to sleep in, I couldn’t do it. The first few days I sat out near the pool with my ipad. I checked for any new cool things on Pinterest, I looked at Instagram for pictures of my dogs at doggy day care, and I looked at what my friends were up to on Facebook. Then a few days in I stopped. I stopped, and looked around at the beautiful scenery, I just sat there. It was wonderful. Some thing about vacation makes it easier to slow down and just be.
At first It was easy at first to bring that home, to love up on my puppy and just watch her run around the yard, to listen to my son talk with out doing at least two other things, and then it was gone. It slowly crept back in, always multi tasking, always doing 2 or three things at a time, when I am making phone calls, I am also on the computer, waiting in line? I better look if any one has text me.
Now I am making a more conscious effort to just be in the moment, and a funny thing happened, I am actually getting more done! When I am returning calls, I am doing just that, returning calls. When I take a break to walk the best puppy in the world Olive, we try to break our goal and walk farther, throw few more balls. Just be there with her in the moment. Its a funny thing, some times you think you are way more productive when you are multi tasking, but I truly wasn’t.
Here is how I got started.
- When I am answering emails, working on a project, I turn off the ringer on my phone. No interruptions helps me stay in the moment, and accomplish more when working
- When I am walking my dog, or talking to my husband or my son, I don’t even have my phone with me or out.
- I listened to music in my car instead of returning calls. I focused more on my driving and listening to some old and new favorites made me a happier person.
- I set aside times to return call or answer emails. I work from home, so I did this 3 times per day, depending on how much follow up you have you might need to adjust this. I made a fresh cup of tea, got my note book and focused on the task at hand.
- Making dinner, I used to have the TV on, and my phone on the counter. Now I turn on some music, pour a cup of tea and enjoy the process.
How will you try to slow down and me in the moment?