5 Magical Reminders To Be Present Daily
By Kat Gal
“Can I buy some time?”
This is a running question between me and my partner when we feel like we feel overwhelmed or feel like we don’t have enough time for everything.
Maybe you can relate.
Do you ever feel like you need some more time? Do you ever feel like time is going so fast that you can’t complete all your projects; you don’t have time for your family; you can’t find time for exercise; and you certainly can’t find time for yourself?
Do you ever feel like you are disconnected from yourself, from the closest people around you and from nature? Do you ever just crave space?
Especially in today’s fast-paced world, time flies. And while life is short, it is important to take care of yourself, to connect with your friends and family, to slow down and to enjoy life. It is sooooo necessary to enjoy life.
Here are some simple tips to help you slow down and enjoy life, without having to pick up and escape to an island.
1. Reduce your personal internet use – Yep, I said it. Technology is important. You likely use it for your job and you most certainly use it for personal reasons. But I think we use it more than necessary, especially when it comes to social media. However much time you spend mindlessly navigating through social sites – cut it by half. I am not joking. Turn off all your technology at least half an hour before going to sleep and keep your personal internet use to a minimum.
2. Eat slower – Don’t rush it. Connect with your food. Observe it. Smell it. Notice the texture, the taste and the aroma. Chew slowly and carefully. Put down your fork between your bites. Stop when you are full. Notice your body’s reactions. Slower and more mindful eating is not only better for your digestion, it will create higher levels of happiness on the soul level by connecting with the food that’s nourishing you.
3. Connect with your friends and family – I don’t mean a quick “like” on their Facebook status. I mean really connect with them. Schedule regular coffee dates, walks in the park or, if possible, weekend getaways. Call those that live far away. When you meet or speak with them, really connect. Discuss life events, share stories, tell jokes and most importantly, truly listen. Deep and authentic connections are magical.
4. Connect with nature – You are not a separate entity, you are part of nature. So whenever time permits, connect with nature. Go for a nice run or walk on the trails. Take a bike ride. Hug a tree. Walk barefoot on the grass. Do some gardening. Smell a flower. Watch the clouds passing by in the sky. Breathe in the fresh air. Connect with nature as much as possible, or at least 5 to 10 minutes each day .
5. Take time for yourself – Schedule some time alone – time alone when you are not running errands or crashing onto your bed dead tired and ready to sleep. Take some quality time for yourself. Take a long bath, read a new book, watch your favorite movie, do some journaling, try a new exercise class, meditate, cook some delicious food, create a vision board, make some art or anything else. Find an activity that nurtures your soul and allow yourself to have the time to do it.
Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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