Everyone seems to be against the “rat race” of our society, but we all still mindlessly chase things that contribute to said race.
We’re racing from one place to the next while totally zoning out. We’ve all had those days where we drive somewhere and completely zone out the drive (*raises hand*).
Isn’t that a scary feeling?! How can we just not remember an entire chunk of time like that?
It’s because our mind is somewhere else entirely.
If you’re looking for ways to slow down your thinking, keep reading on below.
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Slow the pace in your activities.
This concept can be applied to any activities – running, skiing, yoga, lifting – it doesn’t matter. Before starting to move at all, take a moment (short or long – whatever feels right) to take five deep breaths. Completely fill up the belly, rib cage, chest and throat, then slowly release as you exhale. Get connected to your breath.
This is beneficial not only for slowing down, but it also helps increase lung capacity. Who doesn’t want more of that?!
From there, don’t blindly move from movement to movement. Feel strong in your foundation, activate the core (#alwaysmorecore), and then tune into what the intended outcome of the movement is. Once you find the final posture, pause and adjust as needed. Finally, slowly come out of it.
And of course, continue to breathe deeply.
Side note: if you don’t think this is an effective way to get a work out, I challenge you to do your workouts with a much slower pace! It can make things WAY harder in a completely different way.
Focus on doing less, but more impactful work.
We all catch ourselves with to do lists that are a mile long. We all want to be productive. We all want to be fulfilled.
Until we’re simply filled to the brim of doing thing that we simply couldn’t care less about.
Take just a bit more time to make your to do list and outline the MOST important things. Outline the top three things you need to do – it’s totally fine to have “floaters” that are flexible, but eventually need to get done.
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Bring awareness to how “rushed” you are to everything.
Like we talked about before, we often find ourselves simply going through the motions. WE ALL DO IT AND IT’S TOTALLY NORMAL.
Okay, I’m done yelling.
Let yourself find a way to shift your perception. Identify areas where you catch yourself feeling rushed and anxious. A couple examples: traffic or standing in a long line. These are easy areas to want to just get the hell out as quickly as possible.
BUT. here’s what I challenge you to do instead. Do not pick up your phone. Instagram doesn’t need you right then. Take two deep breaths and think about one thing you’re grateful for. It doesn’t matter how big or small that thing is, just invite in gratitude.
There ya have it, friend! Did you try any of these tips out? Let me know on Instagram! Be sure to tag me @mariah_yoga so we can share the love.