Do you feel like things are moving at a rapid pace these days? Or that you are missing out on something in your life?
Well, this has been the theme of my life these past few months. I am getting to the end of my pregnancy and I’m starting to experience the anxiety of getting everything done that I need done, and the fear of missing out on the last weeks of this pregnancy.
As I mentioned in the studio newsletter, I even got called out about the need to slow things down when I was in NYC by someone I just met and knew nothing about me. She just looked at me and said, “You need to be softer with yourself.” [Oh, by the way, if you didn’t get my newsletter, you can sign up for it on the main page of the website.]
My son is even seeing me always in a hurry. He asked a few weeks ago, “Mommy, why do we always have to hurry up?” That one stung the most.
The universe is obviously telling me to slow down.
So what is my point in telling you all this. Well, I don’t think I am the only one in this situation of feeling like life is on fast forward. Below I have provided some tips for you that I am seeing work for me to slow down and smell the freaking roses.
Take a flipping nap, my friend, or at least a break for 20 minutes a day! Breaks don’t equal, "I’m going to run and grab food OR hop on social media". A break is sitting or meditating in silence for 20 minutes. Check out a mini-meditation on the FTB Youtube page for your breaks of the day. Did you know that some of the most productive people take a 20 minute nap in the middle of the day?
Set your schedule each week or every day. Be firm on when you are available and when you are not. If you always make yourself available, then you end of up giving all of the time. And this is really sweet, but will equal burn out one day. Setting your calendar hours, email response times and phone call times is key! A previous colleague used to change her voicemail every day and say, “I am available for calls between the hours of xyz only. Please leave a message and I will return your call during that time.” Such a smart cookie.
Say NO! It is funny for me to suggest this because one of the three themes of Baptiste Yoga, the style of yoga I teach, is Be a Yes. What I’ve learned is that being a yes in one situation means you have to say no to other things, people and opportunities. When you get asked to be a part of something or do something, ask yourself 'is this the right time for me right now to be saying yes to this?' If your gut says no, then it is a big NO! You could also respond, “Not right now. Maybe at a later date.” This is called negotiation. I believe time is one of my most precious gifts, so I hold it close to my heart.
Move slower. Try out the Free To Be Slow Flow and Restorative Flow Classes for a softer pace (get the class schedule here). Did you know you could always modify your regular practice the whole time if you chose to? We don’t say a word if someone chooses just to come in and stay in child’s pose the whole time.
Be intentional on what you CHOOSE to fill your time with. This one speaks for itself. Does spending an average 30-60 minutes on social media a day really support your energy level? Probably not! Going to a yoga class could support your energy level or spending time with loved ones or close friends in rich conversations.
So there it is. The tips that have been helping me slow down these last couple of weeks since I got back from NYC. I still catch myself rushing, but now I have these to refer to when I feel like I’m in the grind.
Test them and see what works for you to get out of the hamster wheel and enjoy your one precious life. Leave a comment below or message us on instagram to let us know how you are slowing down and smelling the freaking roses.
Co-owner of Free To Be Power Yoga