With all that is going on in the world right now, it’s important to slow down and take time to thoughtfully reflect. With an ever-growing to-do list, it's easy to put off being in the moment, but you’ll taking the time to be mindful will help relieve the feeling of being overwhelmed.
Start by savoring the little things throughout the day — the ones you enjoy the most: steeping your favorite tea, making a slow brew or French press cup of coffee, taking a peaceful walk around the block, practicing yoga in your living room, or lighting a fire in your fireplace while you're getting ready for work.
Enjoy a cup of tea
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Take time to concentrate on the little rituals that keep your day on track, like the coffee you make in the morning. Grinding the beans. Filling the filter. Pouring the water over it and waiting for the rich flavor to drip into your cup. Concentrate solely on each step, appreciating the calm that washes over you. Instead of rushing off with your drink in a reusable to-go cup, take ten minutes to sit down and take in the rich, dynamic flavors of your fresh brew without planning for the rest of the day. There will be plenty of time to do that later on.
Slow brew the perfect cup of Joe
Stay present in the moment
Leaving space in your day is a good way to slow down. Instead of rushing around from place to place, just enjoy where you are. This will give you a chance to appreciate your family and the tight-knit selection of people you’re surrounded by, with no distraction. You’ll also have time to relax between things on your to-do list, making it easier and more natural to be in the moment.
It can also help to unplug from technology and social media. Even it’s just for a few hours here and there, it’s nice not having to think about what other people are posting online. It’s also nice not having to think about what you’ll be posting online. Instead of scrolling through Facebook when you’re walking, just remain in tune with your thoughts. One of the best ways to do this is by carrying around a notebook and pen to jot down thoughts and ideas that may come to you in the moment. Or, dive into a book that's filled with inspirational images or lessons on something you've been wanting to learn.
Finding mindful moments may seem easier said than done, but connecting with yourself is as important as connecting with other. At the end of the day, just try to be present in the here and now without stressing about what’s coming later. That’s the main key to slowing down . Here are a few more ways to do so.
Learn a new craft the "old fashioned" way — from a book
Play a few rounds of a simple card game with your partner, roommate, or family
Make yourself a creative cocktail
Take the time to fresh-press your juice
Give your skin a break with a mask
Written by Dani Howell
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