Our world is moving at a faster pace than ever before and I for one, sometimes find it hard to gain traction. Slowing down is not something I do well at all, but without pausing for reflection, life can become overwhelming and stress and anxiety levels can seem out of our control. We need to learn to absorb the present moment without any thought for the past or anxiety about the future. Sometimes that’s easier said than done, but here are a few tried and tested methods which might help you…
- Breathe – if nothing else, taking a deep breath just to collect your thoughts and calm your heart rate is vital, especially if you’re someone who struggles to get to sleep at night because your mind won’t stop racing. If this sounds like you then try is the 4-7-8 breathing technique developed by Dr Andrew Weil. Some people even claim it can help you fall asleep in just 60 seconds! To try it for yourself, simply inhale through your nose for 4 seconds, hold the breath for 7 seconds then exhale for 8 seconds through your mouth…and repeat.
- Tackle one task at a time – multi-tasking in the workplace is sometimes unavoidable, but wherever possible, it’s important to try and focus on one task at a time. By giving your full attention to a project it’s far more likely to be done properly the first time, even if it takes a little longer. If your attention is being pulled in ten different directions at once however, inevitably the quality of your work is likely to suffer.
- Disconnect – while technology is a gift, it can also be a curse and with so many of us connected to our smartphones and available 24/7, we never truly get the opportunity to disconnect and switch our brains off. It may not be realistic to walk in the door at night and switch off your iPhone, but try to enjoy your dinner without the distraction of social media or the TV blaring in the background. And, if nothing else, make sure you turn off your devices in the bedroom to help promote restful sleep.