As we journey through the last weeks of the year, I want you to take a moment to breathe and enjoy this moment. I know that sounds impossible especially with All of the things you’ve got going on, but you must try.
I know that you may be in the process of reevaluating your life and priorities and you are beginning to take a deeper look into some areas of your life that you would like to improve in. If you are anything like me, you are always onto the next thing and you are constantly in “go mode”.
One thing I am slowly trying to teach myself is to just stop and enjoy my life. I am learning to take a thoughtful pause to breathe and reflect on all that I have accomplished, not only in 2020 but look back on all that I achieved in my life. During this time of year, it is so easy for me to get wrapped up in all of the to-do lists and planning, that I sometimes forget that I am not a robot and that it is necessary to enjoy the moments.
Now let me be clear, this is not a get out of jail pass to stop pressing towards our goals, but rather the slow down signal, the let up off the gas, and shift into a cruise control signal.
Over the next several weeks I will be doing just that, slowing down! I still have one big sales goal that I am still working to meet and one surprise launch in the funnel, but other than that I am winding down my year and I am hoping that you are planning to do the same. Below are 5 strategies that you can use to help you slow down and enjoy where you are!
1. It can be easy to get caught up in wanting to do it all, but you’ll appreciate the activities that you choose to do more when you’re not worried about how you’re going to fit in the other 300 things on your list.
2. Set a timer twice a day for 10 minutes and relax! You can use this time to go for a walk (to the mailbox), pray or meditate or read a chapter in a book.
3. Unplugging from technology is a great way to practice slowing down. Turn off the notifications for a period of time and enjoy the peace and quiet around you.
4. Saying no is a necessity. Also, whenever we say yes to something, that means we are saying no to something else. So weigh the impact of your response and have the courage to say no sometimes.
5. It’s important we make slowing down intentional. If we don’t, it can very easily be pushed to the back burner until we’re completely wiped and forced to have downtime. Scheduling downtime is a great tool to practice to help us slow down in a busy world.