When was the last time you stopped to be in the moment? How often are you slowing down? We’re all so caught up with jobs, side hustles, social lives, and errands that we forget what’s most important to us. People weren’t meant to live at 100 miles an hour. We don’t ever stop and look at the world around us, or appreciate where we are.
I’m always in a mad rush, racing from one place to the next. Always disregarding mindfulness and putting productivity in its place. That mindset has caused my never ending to do list to take over my life, robbing me of all the little joys. So when I sit down for dinner, I’m not tasting the food, I’m not enjoying it. I’m only shovelling it down so I can move on to the next task. I don’t allow myself to slow down and rest, but with all the noise in my overloaded anxious brain; there’s no doubt that I should.
We’re told to be entrepreneurs, masters of everything we do. To be self-made, productive, a girl boss (ugh). Being busy is an achievement, it’s good to be busy. What are you up to today? Nothing? You’re wasting your life!
Now when I wake up, instead of immediately grabbing my phone and scrolling social media – drowning in bad news and ads, I walk to the kitchen and make myself a coffee. I don’t rush around, don’t get mad at the kettle for taking too long to boil, and chuck it all in a mug and slurp it down in one. Instead I stand in the kitchen, enjoying the peace and the quiet while I wait for the kettle to boil. I make my coffee step by step and pay close attention to what I’m doing. Because forcing myself to slow down and be more mindful of my everyday routine has helped slow my mind down and be present. I’m sick of rushing and multitasking to try and cram the most activities into such a small time frame. Now, I want to take my time, and practice patience.
There’s so many things to do, so many milestones to hit, that we forget the simplicity of life. We don’t all want the same things, and we don’t have to fit the idealised standard of society if we don’t want to. Slowing down is necessary for good mental and physical health. Removing ourselves from toxic and stressful situations is vital for personal growth. I find that the more detached I am from modern life, the happier I am. Everybody has different priorities, it’s about discovering what’s most important to you. What holds you down, and what you cannot live without.