Sometimes when our energy is so outwardly expended, it can be very easy to quickly lose touch with ourselves. Especially when it comes to the holiday seasons, it’s important to find time to take a “time out” and look inward into where we can find slow moments to grow. When we take a moment to slow down and find more meaning in what we do with the connection to self, we can cultivate stronger outward relationships with others that are important to us.
Slow Down and Practice Self-Care
One way to slow down is to practice self-care. Put your responsibilities aside for some time and approach self-care as not an activity or time that takes away from responsibilities but approach self-care as an opportunity to prioritize your well-being so you can show up stronger for others as well.
Create a Journaling Practice
Like with anything, journaling is a habit. It’s a routine that you can carve out into your day so that you have a moment to reflect on your life, where you are at and where you’d like to be. If you are new to journaling, we have beginner journaling tips to help guide you into carving out this practice for yourself.
Take A Road Trip
Life is about finding more balance in your days. Don’t be afraid to take some time off from your job to do something fun. While taking a road trip might sound extravagant, and also might sound like it would be fun as an adventure to share with others, it can also be therapeutic to spend concentrated time to yourself. You can catch up on your favorite self-growth podcasts, listen to your favorite playlists, or just run through thoughts that have been in your head and try to gain clarity along the way. A recent friend of ours, decided to go on a solo adventure for the day and go up the coast of California for a handful of hours before making her way back down home. To roadtrip responsibly though, ensure your car has gone through the proper maintenance and checks and that it is in good condition. Or hey maybe it’s your excuse to do a little car shopping at edmunds or another car aggregation site. It’s all in the name of self-care, right?
Get Lost in A Good Book
If you are looking for a more slow-paced way to get into touch with your inner self, consider taking a break to get lost in a good book. We tend to lean toward self-development books which can really unlock a lot of key insights into understanding why you are the way that you are. By knowing ourselves at our core we can begin to discover our internal home and understand where we could be blocking ourselves unknowingly throughout our days.
Practice Meditation and Yoga
You likely have a lot of thoughts on your mind on any given day. Over time, this can get distracting and cause you to feel more stress. Another way to give yourself a break is to practice meditation and give yoga a try. These types of activities are not only good for your physical health but for your mental health as well. There are yoga sessions you can stream from your television and guided meditations you can do right from your phone.
In our fast-paced world of work, hustle, and grind, remember to always carve out a week, a day, or even a moment to be still, stop rushing and regroup with your internal compass. It’s called a compass for a reason – to help you find your way.