Most of us have accepted that never-ending to-do lists and jam-packed schedules are a normal part of modern life. But what if that wasn’t the case? What if instead of embracing exhausted and overwhelmed as cultural norms, we all decided to take small, intentional steps in the opposite direction?
During this pandemic, we’ve all had to live differently than anything we’ve experienced before. And with that, we have the option to do lessor; live at a less hurried pace, and know that every day doesn’t have to be a sprint. Even for those with children and possibly still working right now or in school, we can choose the pace at which we live, in order to add more peace into our lives.
This is what I like to call Living Slowly. A life that is not characterized by rushing or a list of never-ending tasks, but one that’s about being present in all you do and with the people you’re with.
Living a slow life you almost immediately become so much more aware of what’s going on not only around you but even in you. Your senses are switched to a calming alertness to every breath you take and every step you make; all of which are fertile grounds for making you super grateful for the small moments.
Some days it’s just easier to live on autopilot. You know, let your body do the work without recognizing all the work it actually does (was that an amen I heard?) But it’s time to be mindful of yourself…for yourself.
Whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed—by the amount of work you have, by the way the hours seem to pass by when you have free time but slow down when you have work—just take a breath.
When you finish one task, take a breath or quick break before you head to another. Focus on something far removed from what you’re doing and slow you thinking.
Slow living in quarantine comes down to this: focusing on a single thing at a time and finding a piece of joy there. Measure each moment as important— spending time with friends, working diligently, taking breaks to be outside, walking in nature, taking up a tech-free hobby, and each breath that fills your lungs—they all matter.
Feeling introspective? Here are some more of my musings about life: