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Slowing Things Down: A Few Ideas to Start You Off

August 26, 2010

Last week’s post was about the necessity of slowing your life down so that you don’t miss it. This week, I’m going to start you off with a few practical ways to do that. Here we go:

Turn off the TV– When was the last time you had a really good night’s sleep? If you’re one of 50% of Americans who end their days with TV, I’ve got good news for you. Studies show that if you turn off the TV two hours before you go to sleep, you will have a much better rest. The unfiltered audio/visual stimulation you receive from that screen keeps your brain buzzing long after you close your eyes. For the rest of the week, try this: flip the switch, climb into bed a little earlier, grab a book or a loved one and enjoy the slow fade into a great night’s sleep.

Stretch- So you’re feeling much more rested as you turn your alarm off in the morning. You pull yourself out of a comfy bed, hop in for a quick shower, grab some coffee and a Gogurt, and head off to work. Woah woah woah. Rewind that scene for a moment. Yes, even past the Gogurt. Wanna start the day off right? Set the alarm for 15 minutes earlier and stretch. Here are some key stretches. Pick a few and spend at least 30 seconds on each one before hopping into the shower. Continue stretching here and there at work and don’t ever skip a stretch before physical activity. The time you take to stretch will not only help deepen your breathing, slow your mind down, and increase your circulation. It will save you on injuries, poor posture, and medical expenses.

Be the Smoothie King- If you live alone, or with hibernating bears, this is a great way to start the day. Otherwise, save it for an afternoon treat when you get home. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A peeled orange (You don’t even have to separate the segments).
  • A blender
  • Two (or three) tablespoons of sugar
  • 5 or 6 ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup of milk

Now blend, my friend… blend. (If you’re daring, start trying the same recipe with other cheap fruit: I like using watermelon or grapes.)

How bout you? What practical ways have you found to slow things down?

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