How To Slow Down And Enjoy Life: 10 Essential Tips

Simply + Fiercely

There’s no denying we live in a fast-paced world with endless to-do lists, appointments and responsibilities.

After a decade of experimenting with simple and intentional living, I’ve learned there are simple ways to slow things down.

Here are 10 real-world tips for less stress and more joy in our daily lives.

When I’m feeling stressed and overwhelmed, I’ve learned that there are three specific changes I can make to my environment in order to slow down and relax: lighting, scent, and sound.

Change your environment

When I used to work in the corporate world, one of my go-to ways of creating ease on a busy day was to take five minutes to go outside and stare at the clouds.

Get some fresh air

Find a few minutes for self-reflection. Here are a few questions to ask yourself: What do I need to feel better? In this moment, what matters most? What am I feeling right now?

Check in with yourself

I know that when you’re busy, taking a few minutes to read is probably the last thing on your mind. But I’ve found that if I’m intentional about reading during the day (even if it’s just for a few minutes) it helps me to slow down and relax.

Read for a few minutes

When it feels like time is slipping away, a quick and easy way to regain control is to observe your breath. I’ve found that one of the simplest ways is to take note of how your breath feels on your nostrils.

Observe your breath

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