Home    Subscribe    Write for Us    FAQ    Contact    HubGarden    Login

Slow Down You Move Too Fast Part 2

by Marie Vonow (follow)
Chief editor: readyforpets.com Blogs:www.quora.com/profile/Marie-Vonow/blogs Other:www.weekendnotes.com/profile/marie-vonow/
Time (48)      Lifestyle (25)      Garden (9)      Moment (6)      Simplify (6)      Housework (5)      Slow Down (4)      Shopping (1)     


Garden, Housework, Lifestyle, Moment, Shopping, Simplify, Slow Down, Time


In Part 1 I wrote about the growing awareness that many people need to slow down if they are to enjoy life more and take care of their health. For some people this awareness hits them when they have a health scare and others simply decide they arenít happy as things are and make some changes. I gave a few ideas of what you can do to give yourself more breathing space and the chance to enjoy each day. What else can you do?

Lower your standards. Decide for yourself what housework really needs to be done and how often. Evan Esar said, ĎHousework is what a woman does that nobody notices unless she hasn't done it.í However, there are probably some things you can leave and no one will notice they haven't been done.

Delegate where possible. (I have trouble delegating but my goal is to get better at it.)

Simplify your house. De-cluttering really is a good idea. I have some ornaments and vases that I havenít unpacked since moving over a year ago. I donít miss them so I guess they can get sold at the garage sale I am planning.

From time to time do a stock take of what is currently important to you. We change with time. I used to have lots of books and wouldnít part with any. Now I have only a few special books. I use the library frequently and find the internet great for getting current information.

Maybe the garden can be simplified. Gardening is good for you but if it becomes a chore and a strain perhaps some changes would make it more enjoyable. I find too many pots can be time consuming but itís all a matter of personal choice.

Avoid buying clothes that need ironing. These days I rarely iron and the sky hasnít fallen down yet. When I do the washing I hang some items on clothes hangers when I put them out to dry and then hang them straight in the wardrobe when they are dry.

Limit the time you spend at the supermarket. Freeze a couple of loaves of bread and keep some UHT milk in the pantry so you donít have to rush out to the shops to grab some because you have run out.

Think about shopping online for your groceries. If it works for you it could be worth paying the delivery fee. You may find the fee is cheaper than what you spend on extras like lollies and chips if you have to take a couple of children shopping with you.

Cook extra food and freeze for quick meals.

Put a ĎNo junk mailí sign on your letter box so you donít waste time reading junk mail. This has the added advantage of reducing the pressure to buy things you donít need.

Politely and quickly say Ďnoí if unsolicited salespeople phone or come to the door. Alternatively, put a ĎPlease do not knockí sticker on your front door and get your name on the Do Not Contact register. (Charities are still permitted to contact you.)

Send fewer emails but make those you do send important, humourous or uplifting in some way. Both you and the receiver will benefit.

Learn to work smarter, not harder. Can you do several errands when you head out? Work out the best order to do those errands so you arenít back tracking. A list can be useful. Is there anything you donít need to do at all? If so, donít do it.

Think before you talk, email or post. If it isnít important or positive, is it worth the time and effort?

Sometimes, donít be available. Turn your mobile off or leave it at home. If you have a land line, take it off the hook and have a break. People can leave a message or phone back.

Drive more slowly. Appreciate your surroundings and contemplate life. Better still, sometimes use public transport and leave the driving to someone else. Use your time to read a novel or some poetry. Alternatively, just sit, look out the window and take notice of what you can see.

Donít compare yourself to others who are living a hectic lifestyle and feel you have to be as busy. Make your own decisions and live by your own rules.

Donít over plan. Sometimes we expend lots of energy planning every minute detail. Donít anticipate problems and stress over what you will do if things go wrong. Sometimes a plan B is a good idea but donít overdo it.

Go to the movies and get lost in another world. You have to turn your mobile off and you canít multi task.

Enjoy the ordinary and live in the moment. This moment will never come again.

# Garden
# Housework
# Lifestyle
# Moment
# Shopping
# Simplify
# Slow Down
# Time
I like this Article - 3
More Articles by Marie Vonow
From time to time everybody feels jealous of someone else
132 views
It can seem that being a mother isn't valued a great deal by today's society
114 views
When I saw the word 'agmenophobia' in a magazine I was intrigued
130 views
Having plans and setting goals to improve aspects of oneís life can certainly be useful
249 views
Speaking from the perspective of a middle aged woman, I think it is not surprising many of us some...
122 views
About eighteen months ago I decided to see if I could manage without a car
152 views
view all articles by Marie Vonow
Articles by Marie Vonow on Other Hubs
When we think about things we can do to improve our health, taking photos is unlikely to come to min...
13 likes
We need to look after ourselves both physically and mentally in order to be truly Ďhealthyí
8 likes
ID: 21322
[ Submit a Comment ]
Trending Articles
In this day and age, many people hire professional escorts because they what to try something ne...
10493 views
You may be passionate about writing but still suffer from writer's block
5716 views
You donít have to be rich to make money, you just have to be practical
3326 views
Authenticity not only is necessary for true life satisfaction but also having integrity: What you s...
4048 views
When I was a child time seemed to pass too slowly in some situations
85 views
Gardening is a great hobby
81 views
As I sit in my comfortable home I think back to my childhood and teenage years
85 views
Sometimes I enjoy eating alone
84 views
There is so much advice around today
84 views
Words come and go
77 views
Categories
Featured on Other Hubs
As well as being a way to create warm garments and rugs, knitting can have health benefits
5 likes
 
Copyright 2012-2017 On Topic Media PTY LTD. ABN 18113479226. mobile version