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12 Simple Actions to Help you Slow Down

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Does it seem as if time is slipping through your fingers? Do you want to slow down and appreciate your kids childhood as it happens? Here’s 12 Simple Actions to Help You Slow Down and enjoy what’s really important.Does it seem as if time is slipping through your fingers?

There always seems to be so much to do. We have so many different things competing for our time and attention. There are errands to run, places to be, and extra curricular activities to fit into our overcrowded schedules. Before you know it another day has gone by and you still haven’t got everything done.

You know there’s more to life, You want a deep, connected  relationship with your kids.

But the schedule is so full and you are pulled in so many directions.

Why are we so busy?

The problem with our obsession with “busyness” is that we are afraid of failing. We’re terrified we’re going to miss out on something — or worse, our children will miss out on something.” Shawn Fink

What if we stopped being afraid?

What if we slowed down today?

Something important to understand

When we slow down we don’t stop doing things and we don’t neglect our families. We don’t miss out on anything important.

In fact the opposite happens.

  • We have time to embrace what is really important.
  • We create space to hear and respond to our own internal needs.
  • We can hear the needs of others we love and cherish.
  • We release stress that harms our bodies and our minds.
  • We can be present with those we love.
  • We see more beauty, not less

AHHHHH doesn’t that sound better?

What if we slow down?

What if we start today?

12 baby steps to help you slow down

  1. Delegate one responsibility 
  2. List your time commitments outside of the family; underline the ones that energize you and fill you joy. Make arrangements to graciously give up one of the others.
  3. Say it’s good enough for today
  4. Schedule in slow time between events – actually put them on your calendar
  5. Make a to don’t do list . I promise that the world will not end if you say no.
  6. Sit and do absolutely nothing for a while
  7. Toss the to do list and go play with your kids . Let them take the lead. Learn from them. They instinctively know how to slow down and be present.
  8. Stop Multitasking.
  9. Limit your time on social media (NOTE to self- this one is for you).
  10. Write your to-do list on one single post it note –that will keep it short and manageable
  11. Plant something
  12. Spend some time making art with your children

I am the first to admit that slowing down isn’t easy when our responsibilities are so great. Slowing Down is hard when our to do list screams out its list of demands. But we can do it one baby step at a time. We can do it together.

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Are you in? I’m going to work on #9 Limit social media. Which action you will choose?

Does it seem as if time is slipping through your fingers? Do you want to slow down and appreciate your kids childhood as it happens? Here’s 12 Simple Actions to Help You Slow Down and enjoy what’s really important.

Some more resources to help you slow down

You can find some helpful posts about slowing down here.

And a helpful book about Savoring Slow here

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7 thoughts on “12 Simple Actions to Help you Slow Down”

  1. Slowing down is so hard to do, but important. Last weekend hubby and I went to Barcelona for a long weekend together, we had no plans and ended up just wandering, soaking up the ability to just be together, with no agenda and it was wonderful.
    Good tips. Thanks for linking #LetKidsBekids

  2. There are so many things on this list that I need to do. Social media is definitely one of them, I get so many notifications through on my phone I think I just need to switch the internet off and ignore my phone for a while. Love the idea of planting something, we actually do have some seeds that need planting.
    #fabfridaypost

  3. I could do with limited social media, but I think I may need to limit the number of linkys I join a week as well as they take up so much time! Thank you for sharing 🙂 #fabFridayPost

  4. Great list! One reason, I don’t drive is because I want to take things slow. I prefer walking Ethan to and back from school. During these moments, we have time to talk. I love our little everyday journey together. Thank you for linking up with me again. #FabFridayPost

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