Top 10 Tips to Slow Down – Zen Life

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Feeling burned out rushing from audition to audition? Jessica shares her top 10 tips to slow down and recharge.

  1. Take the time to prioritize daily objectives. By focusing on the most important tasks to get done, we eliminate the hustle and stress of trying to accomplish everything at once.
  2. Cut personal internet use in half. Technology has become a major element in most of our lives. Social networking, emailing, and web-surfing can occasionally cause our minds to lose focus and wander through hundreds of topics, thoughts, and ideas. Try to use half your designated internet time to explore a new hobby, exercise, or meditate.
  3. Enjoy nature. When time permits, take a five to ten-minute break to step outside and breathe in some fresh air. Disconnect from the rest of the world and concentrate on the beauty of nature. Take your shoes off and walk on some sand or grass, and reconnect and ground yourself.
  4. Eat More Slowly. A lot of us tend to speed through meals, missing the chance to appreciate different textures and flavors. Start to chew foods more slowly while trying to distinguish new tastes, aromas, and consistencies.
  5. Connect with family and friends. We all try to set aside a considerable amount of time to spend with close friends and family. We discuss life events and exchange stories, but how often do we catch up while truly listening and connecting? Put away the cell phones and steer clear of noisy environments. Connect on a deeper level.
  6. Make time for yourself. When’s the last time you spent valuable time by yourself? Take a night to find a new book, watch a favorite movie, try yoga, meditate, or cook a new recipe.
  7. Give yourself more time. Some of us like to stick to a tight schedule and plan all our daily events. Next time you’re jotting down new tasks in your planner, try to factor in a few extra minutes when estimating how long things will take. This will help you not to rush through daily tasks.
  8. Take the scenic route. Next time you’re driving a somewhat long distance, try taking the scenic route. Driving through open fields and mountains or viewing a city skyline can be very relaxing. Check out the scenic routes before your next trip!
  9. Sit for a moment with your eyes closed when you start your computer. Even just a few moments of meditation can set the tone for the rest of your day. Try to empty your mind and take deep breaths before jumping into your day’s tasks.
  10. Remember your goals and aspirations. Each morning when you wake up, take a few moments to think about your life goals and aspirations. Try to recall the milestones you’ve already made in your life and your drive to achieve new ones. Try doing this for about five minutes before getting out of bed to start your day.
  11. Create a Relax Menu. Create a destress menu that does not involve food: a hand massage, send an I love you text to someone you care about, etc.

– Jessica Allison

Jessica Allison is a work at home mom, fine art photographer, makeup and skin care enthusiast, and lover of history and the outdoors. Check her out at or




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