I often don't feel this way anymore, but today I'm having, what I call, an "out-of-control, speed demon day!" Ever have one, or many, of those? You know, the days where the clock seems to be ticking faster and faster and faster, and your to-do list doesn't seem to be lessening, and your body is feeling lazy and in procrastination mode, and your brain is just wishing you could run away to Spain for a holiday on the beach! The conditions are right for some mega-stress-head moments, and life just feels like it's completely out of your control.
Here's the thing about these kind of days though ... they are made up! These days are made up, in your head, purely based on your perception of things that day ... and when you start to realise this, you can start to see you are much more in control then you think. BUT how can you get back some of that control, how can you slow down, how can you get each moment back to a pace, a peacefulness that can actually rid you of stress and panic? How can you, quite simply, switch off?
In a British survey it was found that 80% of people think life is moving to fast, and over 50% don't know how to switch off and get the relaxation that they need - you can find the study here, Mindfulness. If life is moving to fast for us Humans, imagine what our manic, out of control lives is doing for mother earth! In losing mindfulness for ourselves, are we also losing mindfulness for our big, beautiful, blue ball of planet?
Did you know that today, 22nd April, is the United Nations International Mother Earth Day?
So if there is any day where you should take the opportunity to slow down, de-stress, get more mindful, and get out into Mother Nature herself, it is today. But what can you do every day to slow down time, de-stress, and be a bit more mindful for yourself and mother nature?
1. Turn of your computer at lunch time and go and sit outside, whether you sit on your porch, in your garden, or walk to a park (don't drive, walk!). This not only gets you outside soaking in some much needed vitamin D, but is also gets you off the electricity grid for a good while. Hence, you are taking pressure off yourself, AND mother nature!
2. A point that fits nicely with the one above, pick a day or two each week where you walk everywhere. You run out of milk? Don't drive to the shops, walk. You have a meeting in town? Either walk, or combine walking with taking public transport. Walking is so healthy for you and has been proven to help with symptoms of depression and anxiety, AND again, it takes the pressure off mother earth by eliminating the pollution using your car would cause.
3. Declutter your space! Decluttering, or getting rid of unnecessary stuff has been proven to help with maintaining a clear and focused mind. Decluttering also means that you are reducing the amount of waste that you have in your life, thus, after the initial decluttering, you are cutting down on landfill pits, and other environmental hazards ... if you don't believe me check out Zero Waste Home.
I hope these tips help you see that with just a few little adjustments you can start making a big impact on, not just your life, but the life of this beautiful planet we live on - Earth.