16 Ways to Press Pause & Slow Down
This is a guest post by Loren Pinilis, who stumbled on my blog a few weeks ago and requested a guest post. Loren writes on time management and living a balanced life, all from a Christian perspective.
Go. Go. Go.
That seems to be the pace of modern life. Everything around us is telling us to go faster, do more, and try harder.
Taking extended breaks to rest and rejuvenate is essential. But you don’t have to wait until the weekend or until your next vacation to recharge.
With just a few minutes of intentional action, you can start today – even right now – to press pause, slow down, and relax. Here are 16 easy things you can do when you need to refresh yourself mentally and physically during your day.
1. Write an encouraging Email to someone. A lot of people only hear complaints. Compliment someone on what they’re doing. It’ll lift your spirits and give you some perspective.
2. Wash your face. Try this one – it works. Cool water can refresh you when you’re hot, and warm water is very soothing when it’s cold.
3. Pray. Briefly give thanks to God or pray for strength and peace.
4. Stretch. Get out of your chair and move around. There is loads of science out there that confirms the effectiveness of stretching, both physically and mentally.
5. Get a breath of fresh air. Step outside. Get out in the sunshine.
6. Have a snack. A light healthy snack does wonders to help you slow down, and gives you the energy needed for the next push.
7. Laugh. Watch a funny YouTube clip, or have a conversation with someone who makes you smile.
8. Think of a few things for which you’re grateful. Take a moment to count your blessings.
9. Breathe. It’s cliché for a reason – it works. Take a little while to breathe deeply and slowly.
10. Take off your shoes. Scrunch up your toes and rub your heels. This really does wonders if you’ve been on your feet all day.
11. Pay attention to your posture. Sit or stand up straight. Make sure your desk and chair are correctly positioned.
12. Drink some water. Don’t gulp. Sip on a cool, clean glassful.
13. Listen to a worship song. These do well to help you take a step back and regain an eternal perspective.
14. Get physical. A few jumping jacks or a brief walk around the office can refresh you immensely.
15. Unplug. Turn off your digital devices for an hour and do your most important work.
16. Get perspective on work. Remind yourself that your work is an opportunity and not a burden. Be grateful for the blessing of an income.
A few minutes later, you’re hopefully refreshed and ready to tackle life again.