Five steps to stop letting the “rush rule” win and start focusing on what’s happening right now.
- Spend half an hour a day in the garden with your family. Have a picnic or take a drive outside the city, instead of trawling the mall on the weekends. And leave your cellphone behind!
- Become conscious of how you feel physically when you rush – perhaps you tense your shoulders, or get butterflies in your tummy. Each time you notice you’re doing this, take a deep breath or two and force yourself to do whatever you’re doing more slowly.
- Connect more with your senses. Try watering the garden, picking flowers or putting lavender drops in your bath. Even taking a good look at the street where you live and absorbing the prettiness of the surroundings as you turn into the driveway will help you be more present.
- Drive more slowly and learn to ignore any impatient hoots. And instead of listening to the radio with its distracting tid-bits of news and information, listen to inspiring audio CDs or classical music.
- Make this the year of doing one thing at a time. It’s the opposite of multi-tasking, but allowing yourself to focus on one thing at a time will help you feel grounded and calm!