When do you take the time to slow down? Once you pass the age of 21, years just seem to fly by. All of the sudden you are in you 30’s and your child is growing faster than a weed. When we are children we can breathe. We stop to watch a butterfly, to smell a flower, or to roll on the floor with laughter. Close your eyes for a moment. Stop reading, stop thinking, smell the air, feel the clothes touching your skin. Listen to your heart pounding in your chest. How long can you sit without becoming anxious, without thought?
There are so many obstacles in our way of slowing down. I’ve complied a short list of things that we can use to help serve as reminders.
Mediation-perhaps the oldest tool in the book, the most simple and vastly underutilized following your breath and remaining in the present moment is the easiest way to create the feeling of time standing still. The benefits of mediation are far and wide, namely stress reduction and increased awareness will help you to slow down and process. Yeah Dave has some incredible meditation courses that are very doable and approachable.
Watching children play in the park-You will notice how in the moment they are. Modeling your behaviors after theirs will reduce your stress, help you forget about your to do list, and take in your environment. Notice how toddlers walk slowly, notice everything and speak their thoughts without filter. Trying to be more like them and appreciating life for every little thing as if you are experiencing it for the first time is a great way to live a slower lifestyle. Timothy has been instrumental in helping me slow down and savor each moment.
Aromatherapy-Like the saying goes “stop and smell the roses,” our olfactory sense is a gateway to slowing down. When you utilize your senses it is much harder for your mind to be someplace else. Essential oils companies make different blends to achieve different results. Look for something named focus, present moment or peace. I like Young Living, DoTerra and Aura Cacia brands. Then close your eyes and breathe deeply.
Slow watches-We often get the feeling that there is never enough time in the day. Hustling around thinking we have so much of the day left and then its bed time and we barely chipped a dent in our to do lists. Slow watches are a beautiful product that help you map out your day by having a 24 hour face. This gives you a true feeling of how much of the day you have left, an additionally helps you become aware of how much wasted time you’ve spent scrolling social media, mindlessly browsing the web or just being generally unproductive. Having a true guideline of the hours can help make you adjust how you are spending your time.
Sona by Caeden– There are a million different fitness trackers out now, but Sona is different. Not only a stylish design, this tracker assists you in mindfulness. By reading your heart rate with an unusually sensitive monitor it can track your stress levels, increasing your awareness of your surroundings and stressors. Paired with the Resonance app, a breath mediation program to help train you to be focused and resilient to stress, this bracelet may be your new guru.
Whatever path you choose being present in the moment is the ultimate way to slow down time. Become aware of your habits that steal time, build new ones that increase it and you can live a more fulfilling life. What tips and tricks do you have to make the most of your life?
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!