Slowing Down

By: Erin Smith

Take a Deep Breath

We live in a world that is centered around high-paced activity. Work, relationships, technology, and hobbies keeps us busy almost constantly. This lifestyle can become dangerous because it distracts us from ourselves. Here is a reminder to take a second out of your day to breath, reflect, and appreciate the life you live. The following are some simple ideas for finding a moment of peace amongst the chaos!


Yoga

Yoga is a quick and simple method for relieving stress and adding a bit of exercise to your day. Mayo Clinic reports that Yoga is a mind-body exercise that results in relaxation and stress-reduction. The physical movement combined with the controlled breathing practices will lower your heart rate and blood pressure. Ultimately, your stress levels will decrease, and you will be in a better mood. A moment of calm can rejuvenate you and prepare you for whatever is next on your agenda.


Journaling

Keeping a journal is an effective way of slowing down and destressing. Michigan State University studies have shown that writing down negative thoughts can significantly reduce stress. Journaling your thoughts and feelings from the day is an expressive outlet; you may even articulate emotions you would have kept bottled in. This also gives you a moment to focus solely on yourself and how you are doing. Take a few minutes and reflect on your day with yourself.


Meditate

Mediation is a beneficial practice that many people do not incorporate in their daily life. This can take a mere five minutes and could completely change the course of your day. While meditating, your mind and body enter a deep state of relaxation. According to Mayo Clinic, during meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that are crowding your mind. This results in enhanced physical and emotional well-being. Again, you are prioritizing yourself which will reap long-term health and emotional benefits.


Going for a Walk

Committing to a twenty minute walk a day will benefit your life in many different areas. Although it seems like brief exercise, your health improves from a mere twenty-minute walk. Think Health reports a Harvard study saying that your risk of heart disease is reduced by almost 30% from walking. Furthermore, you will not only see health improvements, but also you will be in a better mood, sleep better, and have a sharper memory.


Last Thoughts

These are just a few of the ways you can slow down and take some time to yourself. You deserve you-time to recharge and reflect on your own thoughts and needs.

One last tip: to make all those activities even better, do them outside! Spending time in nature can heal the soul. Appreciate the beauty of the world around you and think about how your actions impact the environment. When you take care of the Earth, you take care of your home; when you take care of your home, you take care of yourself.


Check out how you can make a positive change in the world with The Carbon Offset Company.


Thank you for reading!


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