• Deanne Pandey

More with Less

It is funny how in today’s world, when we have such progressive technology to save time, we never have enough time to sit back, slow down and enjoy the minimal. Life moves at such a fast pace that it seems to pass us by before we can really enjoy it. The chaos of the Pandemic has surely put a pause on the entire world. But, this is the nature’s way of giving us a chance to slow down and enjoy the little things. A slower-paced life means making time to enjoy your mornings, instead of rushing off to work in a frenzy. It means taking time to enjoy whatever you’re doing, to appreciate the outdoors, to actually focus on whoever you’re talking to or spending time with, instead of always being connected to your iPhone or laptop, instead of always thinking about work tasks and emails. It means single-tasking rather than switching between a multitude of tasks and focusing on none of them. Slowing down is a conscious choice, and not always an easy one, but it leads to a greater appreciation for life and a greater level of happiness.

Here are some ways to slow down and reflect upon the joy endowed by the nature-

1. Focus on ‘being’ and not ‘doing’

To slow your life down from a dizzying blur to a positive experience, you need time to just be. You can do this in many ways, such as going for a walk, sitting quietly with a cup of tea, or meditating. What’s most important is that you allow yourself to appreciate the moment.

2. Ditch the electronics

Technology is a wonderful thing. It makes life easier in so many ways and provides us with many opportunities to innovate, connect and create. But it can also become all-consuming when you’re always connected, always reachable, always plugged in. A great way to practice slowing down is unplugging. Turn your phone off for an hour, a day, a weekend, etc. At the very least, trying silencing some of the notifications on your phone so there are fewer dings, beeps and badges vying for your attention.

3. Importance of presence

It’s hard to slow down and enjoy life when we’re constantly living in the past or worrying about the future. We have to be present if we want to get any joy out of life. While being present might be hard for some, there are a few simple techniques that you can use to achieve this. First and foremost is gratitude. By having a profound appreciation for your life and everything in it, no matter what the problems might be, you can reap far more enjoyment out of simple pleasures. Being present can also be achieved through things like exercise, yoga, and meditation. Physical activity has a way of jolting you into the present moment. It also helps you take back control of your health and fitness, resulting in a happier and healthier you.

4. Slower start to the Day

However you start your day, usually sets the tone for the rest of the day. When you start your day in a rush, you often feel rushed, frantic and behind for the rest of your day. A great way to learn how to slow down is by starting your day a little slower and more intentionally right from the beginning.

5. Prioritise

Having clear priorities in your life is an important part of simplifying your calendar and learning to set boundaries. Knowing exactly what your priorities are gives you a compass to steer and guide your decisions about how you’ll spend your time, space, energy, money, etc. So, you can keep your focus on your priorities instead of getting swept away in the busyness of life.

6. Breathing is vital

Proper breathing is necessary from a physical perspective, as it dictates the quality of life that you live. It’s the most essential part of human survival and the brain is consuming 20% of your supply of oxygen by consuming 20% of the supply of blood in your body. Anything that negatively affects breathing, should be eliminated from your life. Things like smoking, over-eating, and stress all have a negative impact on our ability to optimise breathing. There are a variety of breathing techniques that you could use to help you slow down and enjoy your life. All you have to do is focus on your breath; breathe in through the nose, hold that breath, then breathe out through the mouth.

7. Gratuitous Activity with your loved ones

Being grateful is an important part of slowing down. What is a better way to be grateful than doing it with your close ones. Make a point of sharing what you’re grateful for as a family, maybe during dinner time or before bed. It’s a great way to connect as a family and share the parts of your day you’re grateful for. Gratitude is a mindset that is often contagious. The more you share what you’re grateful for, the more you’ll encourage those around you to look for things they’re grateful for as well!

When you intentionally slow down your days and your life, it helps you become more present and mindful in your days. Consciously follow these steps to slow things down. Add in your personalised bucket list of activities to slow down keeping the above points in mind. Taking a break from the world is not only beneficial but also necessary for one’s personal growth and well-being. Be home, slowdown and be safe!

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