In our always-on world, slowing down can feel more than luxurious — it can feel like you’re breaking the rules. But that’s seeing the world upside down. Slowing down and living your life a little less hectically will not only improve your mental and physical health, it will simply bring more joy and pleasure into every moment. Here’s how you can live the slow life.
Many of us fail to differentiate between habit and routine — and that’s a problem. We often put these two distinct ideas in one swirling pot, having no idea that doing so may be what causes us to struggle with achieving our goals. Understanding the difference between the two — and using each when appropriate — can make all the difference.
There is a leadership skill — a tool, really — that’s available to you right now. For free. It’s right there at your fingertips, ready for the taking — and you’re probably not taking it. Journaling can be one of the most powerful tools in your leadership tool kit, but you probably have a whole host of excuses for why it won’t work for you. Not anymore.
Concentrating on one task, sensation, conversation, or emotion can be challenging. You may not realize it, but the challenge with focus really comes down to one thing. But, of course, it’s not quite that simple because that one thing is actually two — and you can’t really address them directly — but adopting a set of foundational practices can supercharge your focus!
You haven’t been imagining things — it HAS gotten harder to learn, change, and adapt as you’ve aged. But it IS possible to supercharge your adaptability and learn new things faster thanks to magic of something called neuroplasticity.
Stillness sounds great, in theory, but most of us get uncomfortable with it pretty quickly, immediately mentally or physically filling the void. Thanks to the demands of our families, our work, the little pings on our phones, and culturally-driven desire to achieve and not get left behind, most of us just can’t fathom the indulgent luxury of stillness. And yet, the rewards of seeking silence abound, and perhaps are not so luxurious after all — if you can let go and make stillness a part of your life.