7 Slow Down Strategies

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Do you find yourself feeling a bit overwhelmed? Is your schedule overloaded? Do you wonder where the energy will come from to get it all done?  You’re not alone. Taking time to slow down is a popular topic that comes up with some of my clients. After working together, many of them discover that we all need to internally slow down in our minds, slow down in our schedules and slow down in our activity.

It is usually our resistance to slowing down that causes the anxiety, fear and overwhelming feelings. When you think about slowing down, what comes up for you?  Some people have a fear that they won’t get everything done.  Others fear they will miss out on something. It is important to take a look at what slowing down really means to you. This might help to shift your perspective.  (Even the Energizer Bunny needs to change batteries at some point!) By slowing down, most of us end up feeling more energized, less stressed and a little lighter.  Doesn’t that sound nice? The good news is that it is totally possible. Here are 7 slow down strategies you might find helpful:

  • Breath. By consciously taking loooong, slooow, deeeeep breaths we can begin to slow down the heart rate and our racing thoughts as well. Control over our breathing is something that is always available to us, no matter what the circumstances might be.
  • Recognize limitations. Be gentle with yourself. Something has to give and sometimes it’s your very own expectations that apply the pressure to keep going and not slowing down.
  • Schedule time to relax. Block time on your busy calendar for YOU.  By planning a date and time on your calendar, you are making a commitment to take care of yourself.  Be sure to keep the date! Do something relaxing during your time like taking a bubble bath, getting a massage, reading, meditating or listening to soothing music.
  • Make a list. Do a brain dump and write down all of the things you have on your mind.  There’s no need to worry about writing out sentences, correcting spelling or punctuation.  Just write it out.  This will release the mental clutter and your thoughts will slow down.
  • Avoid too much caffeine. The extra energy you get from the morning cup of java can also increase anxiety.  Try ordering a decaf coffee in the afternoon or evening.  Cutting back on the energy drinks will help as well.
  • Connect with Nature.  Disconnect from the electronics and spend some time with nature.  Take a walk in a park.  Make time for a hike.  Sit outside and observe Mother Nature. What kind of trees and flowers do you see.  What the birds, squirrels and other creatures in their natural habitats.  Connecting with nature will bring a calmness to you.  In turn, it will allow you to let go of the stress and slow down.
  • Remain grateful. We all have so many blessings to be grateful for in our lives.  The universe is taking care of us all the time.  Focusing on gratitude will help you to internally slow down and reconnect with your spirit.

It is important to give yourself permission to slow down. I challenge you to pick a few slow down strategies from the above list to practice on a regular basis. There are many other ways to slow down, so feel free to do whatever works best for you.  The goal is to slow down. After you start slowing down, make sure you recognize the positive difference it makes in your life.

Which slow down strategies will you focus on today?

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Relaxation Techniques

 

Yesterday, I met a couple friends for lunch.  One of the topics we talked about was how most people seem to be in such a rush all of the time.  Day in and day out there is a never ending list of things to do and more things to squeeze into our packed schedules.   Some people are so busy running around that they rarely slow down long enough to relax and recharge.  After a while it takes an unhealthy toll in our quality of life.

If you can relate and would like some relaxation techniques and ideas, see below:

 

  • The relaxation response
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Deep breathing
  • Progressive muscle relaxation
  • Meditation
  • Guided imagery
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Massage therapy
  • Giving Back

    This article was written by Life Coach Jennifer Bridge

    “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” and also the most stressful for many people.  During the month of December, it is very easy to get caught up in the shopping, gift giving, volunteering, cooking, holiday parties, reunions and time with friends and family.  Oh my!  We are so busy running around taking care of all the seasonal details that we often forget to give back to ourselves.  Yes, that means you!  What gift did you get for yourself this season?  (Did you feel some resistance come up when you read the last few questions?)

    It is very common to be thrown off track by the thought of giving back to yourself, especially during the holiday season.  There is so much focus on giving to others and by all means it is an amazing thing to do.  When we give to others, we get our spirit filled back in return.  However, there is a balance that tends to be way off around this time of year.  In fact, when I ask clients what gift they are giving themselves for the holiday, there are surprised by the question.  I have heard many reasons for why giving a gift to themselves is not on the list.   They either don’t have enough money or time to spend on themselves.  As I dig deeper, I learn it has to do with not having the self-worth to see the value in spending the money and time on themselves.  I remind them that they are worth it.  The action of giving back starts with you.

    Not having the money to spend is not a reason, it’s an excuse.  Giving back to yourself does not have to cost a thing. Save your money and instead give yourself the gift of relaxation and rejuvenation.  Take a bubble bath, read a book, listen to music, go hiking, meditate or any other activity that you enjoy is priceless.  It restores your energy and gives you the gift of balance, peace and serenity.

    May your holiday season be fully of joy, love, light and relaxation!!