Yoga In Sardinia https://www.yogainsardinia.com Sat, 03 Feb 2018 17:27:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 https://www.yogainsardinia.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/cropped-Sardinia-Yoga-Logo_1001-32x32.gif Yoga In Sardinia https://www.yogainsardinia.com 32 32 La pozione del mattino per una salute ottimale https://www.yogainsardinia.com/la-pozione-del-mattino/ Sun, 13 Nov 2016 10:52:16 +0000 https://www.yogainsardinia.com/?p=1721 Super Power la vostra giornata!

Ricetta con Polvere

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Ingredienti di Base

2 Cucchiai di succo di limone
Quarto di un cucchiaino di polvere di curcuma
Pizzico di pepe nero
Acqua calda

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Ingredienti Facoltativi

Un cucchiaino di sciroppo di agave o miele
Quarto di un cucchiaino di polvere di cannella
Quarto di un cucchiaino di polvere di zenzero
Un cucchiaino di aceto di mela

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Ricetta con Ingredienti Freschi

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Ingredienti di Base

2 Cucchiai di succo di limone
Un cucchiaino di pasta gialla fresca (ricetta sotto)
Acqua calda

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Ingredienti Facoltativi

Un cucchiaino di sciroppo di agave o miele
Quarto di un cucchiaino di polvere di cannella
Un cucchiaino di aceto di mela

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Ricetta per Pasta Gialla Fresca

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Ingredienti

8 pezzi di radice di curcuma fresca
3cm Zenzero fresco
Mezzo cucchiaino di pepe nero
1 cucchiaiata aceto di mela
3 cucchiaiata aceto di acqua

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Metodo

Mettete tutti gli ingredienti nel frullatore

Mescolate fino a formare una pasta

Aggiungete più acqua se necessario

Conservate in un contenitore ermetico in frigorifero per un massimo di 5 giorni

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Perchè lo bevo ogni giorno?

Io bevo una tazza di questa bevanda ogni mattina, prima di mangiare o bere altro, per quasi 7 anni. Non ho fatto ricerca scientifica, ma per me, da quando ho iniziato di bere questo ogni giorni, non ho mai sofferta del raffreddore, influenza, o altri malattie virali. Anche faccio lo yoga almeno una volta al giorno…secondo me, è la combinazione di queste due cose che mi da una salute ottima.

Se volete saperne di più su ogni degli ingredienti e il suo effetto sulla salute ci sono alcuni articoli dei benefici degli ingredienti sul sito web Greenme.it.

Per sapere i motivi per bere , leggete l’articolo sul Greenme.it qui.

Per leggere dei benefici e controindicazioni di curcuma, leggete qui.

Per leggere dei benefici di zenzero, cliccate qui.

Pere leggere dei benefici di cannella, vedete qui.

Per leggere più del aceto di mela.

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Ricetta per ile Barrette Crude https://www.yogainsardinia.com/ricetta-barrette-crdue/ Sat, 04 Apr 2015 10:30:12 +0000 https://www.yogainsardinia.com/?p=1630 IMG_5572

Io amo le “Nakd Bar”, realizzati da Natural Balance Foods; la bontà cruda e saporita, non adulterata da conservanti e sostanze chimiche, sono naturalmente vegani e senza glutine. Ma dove vivo in Sardegna sono piuttosto difficile, anche in realtà impossibile, da trovare, così ho deciso di farli. Per fare il vostro proprio spuntino crudo è molto semplice e veloce, non c’è la cottura coinvolti e l’unico pezzo speciale di attrezzature necessarie è un robot da cucina.

Ecco le ricette…

 

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180g Datteri  (snocciolate)
100g Frutta a guscio (Anarcadi, mandorle o noci)
56g Sultanina
20g di Cacao in polvere
scorza di un’arancia (finemente grattugiata)

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180g Datteri (snocciolate)
100g Frutta a guscio (Anarcadi, mandorle o noci)
56g sultanina
1 Pezzo di Zenzero fresco
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Metodo

  1. Mettere tutti gli ingredienti in un robot da cucina con la lama di taglio.
  2. Processo fino al completo combinato – siate pazienti, l’operazione potrebbe richiedere fino a 5 o 10 minuti seconda della potenza del processore – non aggiungete niente liquidi.
  3. Una volta che gli ingredienti sono combinati e formando una palla nella ciotola, spegnere il processore e rimuovere il mix.
  4. Dividere la miscela nella vostra scelta di dimensioni della porzione – ho fatto 8 palline più piccole, ma regolate a dimensione desiderata.
  5. Premere ogni palla nel vostro stampo desiderata e premere con decisione.
  6. Puoi lasciare nello stampo in frigorifero per impostare, ma li ho rimossi immediatamente.
  7. Mettere in un contenitore ermetico in frigo e godere come e quando avete bisogno di un spuntino dolce egustoso.

Credo che questi saranno rimanere freschi in frigorifero per una settimana o due, possibile più in quanto contengono solo frutta secca e noci, ma ad essere onesta il ​​mio non durerà così a lungo, in modo da utilizzare il cervello qui e se sono in crescita pelliccia …. non li mangia !!

Sapore Combinazioni Alternativi

Quindi fare un tentativo, fare le vostre proprie miscele con i vostri gusti preferiti … .Qui sono alcuni esempi:

Cranberry & Orange – Usa mirtilli secchi e scorza d’arancia
Chcocolate & Raspberry – Usa cacao e lamponi secchi
Pecan Pie – Usa i pecan e sciroppo d’acero
Apple & Cinnamon – Usa mele secche e cannella
Bakewell Tart – Usa ciliegie e mandorle, più un paio di gocce di essenza di mandorle essiccate
Pina Colada – Usa essiccato cocco e ananas essiccato

 

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Top 5 Tips for selecting your perfect retreat https://www.yogainsardinia.com/top-5-tips-selecting-perfect-retreat/ Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:35:29 +0000 https://www.yogainsardinia.com/?p=1627

Relax

Taking time to find your perfect retreat is well worth the effort, here are a few tips about how to go about it.

1. Location

Choose an area that will enhance your experience of a self discovery retreat, a quiet, tranquil area instead of a bustling holiday resort where you will be tempted to stay in the hectic, chaotic pace of modern life. Pick a location you’d really like to visit, maybe somewhere on your bucket list or somewhere different than you would normally holiday. Search for retreats in these areas and do some research into the local area, it’s customs and traditions, find some places you might want to explore while you’re there.

2. Accommodation

Research the accommodation, does it look like a tranquil place with clean rooms? Ask your retreat organizer if the center, hotel or location has it’s own website and check it out, look up the address on Google Earth or Street View at the location. Do they have other facilities like a spa or massage therapist, a pool, other facilities that you would make use of during your stay? If there’s no picture of the rooms or location to be found, or the pictures look dated, there might be something they are not saying. If you can’t find anything about the location anywhere, ask for some recent pictures to be sent to you by email.

3. Teacher

Many people go on retreat with their own regular teacher, but if your teacher is not organising a retreat or not at a time convenient to you, or you just want to try something different; be open to looking for retreats with other teachers. Check out the teacher of the retreat you are researching; their schedule, teaching background, where they are from, etc. Check out their social media links; if there are a lots of pictures of him or her in advanced acrobatic postures, then it’s a safe bet the retreat may be focused on the gymnastics on the mat. What other things do they post about, do they live a yoga lifestyle or is there a feeling of contraditction in their posts? If you are unsure, contact the teacher direct and ask questions. Read the testimonials on the retreat website, but also about the teacher if you can find some, there can be quite a bit of info in these testimonials and they may give you a better idea of what people enjoyed about their stay at the retreat.

4. Style & Activities

There are many types and styles of yoga, and each teacher is different, but it’s worth thing about whether you are looking for a more rigorous physical retreat or a more restorative, meditational experience. Some retreats combine yoga with other complimentary practices such as Mindfulness or Reiki; you might discover a retreat that combines the style of yoga you want with a complimentary practice that you have always wanted to try or find out more about. Check out the rules and programme of the retreat, some retreats can be strict about their schedule, others more flexible; choose which type works well for you to be able to reach the goals of your retreat, whether that be to progress your practice or just to take time out to remember who you are! Participants often start out buzzing with nervous energy, asking for details on the schedule for the week, where the nearest town is, if there are extra activities, what to do during “freetime”….. they want to stay active at all times and keep the stressed pace of life they are used to… be open to doing less, taking time to pause from your usual pace of life and be flexible about what you’re going to do in your “freetime”.

5. Pricing & Timings

Think about what time of year is best to visit the area, peak season may not be the best time to go on retreat with the beaches or local sights packed with people, and off season there may not be anything open. Research about the best time of year to visit and what the weather will be like; if you usually live in a really cold climate and then go to a retreat that is really hot, will your body be able to cope with the heat and the physical demands of daily yoga classes? Retreat weeks can be costly, but if you plan ahead you can sometimes find great deals during off-season or end of season months. And remember the cheapest retreat may not always be the best choice for you, don’t make any decision just based on the price. Check out flight prices for the different retreat dates. Don’t forget to think about travelling to and from the retreat, some may offer transfers, but you might also want the independence of hiring a car or bike so you can get about and explore the area at your leisure.

Regain your balance

Regain your balance

A Yoga Retreat can be hugely beneficial to your physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, it has the potential to connect you with like-minded people who share similar passions, beliefs and outlook on life; a friend made on a yoga retreat can become a friend for life. It gives you the opportunity to make some space for yourself, quiet your mind, and find inspiration that can benefit your relationships, work and many other areas of your life. So start researching for your perfect retreat today and have a great time, learn things and relax!

And finally, if your idea of a perfect location is a stunning, mostly undiscovered area of an Italian island situated in the middle of the Mediterranean with clear, turquoise seas and stunning mountain scenery, and you are looking for a Hatha Yoga, Mindfulness or Reiki Training retreat, then please check out our own range of retreats in Ogliastra, Sardinia.

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Vegan & Raw Recipes https://www.yogainsardinia.com/vegan-raw-recipes/ Sun, 26 Oct 2014 07:21:36 +0000 https://www.yogainsardinia.com/?p=1618 In preparation for my new vegan and raw eating plan which I intend to start in the New Year (see my previous post),  I am looking through a monster amount of information,  articles and recipes.

I am searching for some recommendations for great cookery books, preferably not ones based around any kind of meat substitutes,  but more around great tasting,  satisfying raw and Vegan food. There seem to be some great books out there,  unfortunately I can’t afford them all, but I am interested in hearing what are your bibles when it comes to raw and/or vegan recipes,  your ultimate selection or Top 3’s?

Please let me know by leaving a comment,  on Twitter or Facebook,  or by contacting me using the contact form.

Namaste

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New Year, New Lifestyle https://www.yogainsardinia.com/new-year-new-lifestyle/ Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:00:30 +0000 https://www.yogainsardinia.com/?p=1604 So I have decided that after Christmas I would like to start to make the switch from being a Lacto Ovo Vegetarian to eating mostly Vegan and much more Raw food.

 

I have been a Vegetarian now for over 20 years, and in that time I have  gained quite a few pounds,  you see I am also a cheese and chocolate lover,  I like to finish my meal with something sweet,  and for these reasons I think this might be a serious challenge for me!

So my intention is to plan well and keep a new blog of the whole process,  including Daily record of some detailed stats,  such as my energy levels, craving levels (and what they were for), weight, BMI, and a good diary.

So before I start, I’d like to reach out to others that have made the change for information,  advice and help.

So if you want to help me make the change, in any way,  let me know and I will make sure you feature in my blog posts.

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An Island within an Island https://www.yogainsardinia.com/island-island-ogliastra-sardinia/ Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:24:10 +0000 https://www.yogainsardinia.com/?p=1545 Ogliastra - Paradise!

Ogliastra – Paradise!

When you think about Sardinia, if you have even heard of it, you probably think of the Costa Smeralda and the famous, rich elite. Sardinia is an Italian island in the middle of the Mediterranean and is a lot bigger than most people think, it’s about the size of Wales. If you have visited or come on holiday here, you have most likely to have been to one of these 3 areas; The Costa Smeralda area, Cagliari, Costa Rei & Villasimius area, or Alghero & Bosa area.

But I wonder how many of you have even heard of Ogliastra? Not many I am guessing, and it’s such a shame, the Ogliastra area is in my opinion THE most scenic, picturesque area of the island and is located on the South East of the island. So I’d like to share some of the wonderful secrets of this area and give you an idea of what this area of the island has to offer.
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Below is my Google Map of the area, and you can download it into your Google Maps app on your mobile device for when you visit completely free! Click the star to view in Google Maps add it to your favourites, you can read this help article if you have Google My Maps android app or access the map from your “My Places” sub menu on Google app on the iPhone.

 

My Top 5 things to see in Ogliastra

1. Beaches
The beaches of Ogliastra are as stunning as they are varied. There are soft, white sandy beaches, pebble beaches, coarse sandy beaches and beaches with large rocks and boulders; there are small and secluded beaches, long and open beaches, little coves, harbours and bays, beaches you can only reach by boat or by hiking, easily accessible beaches; they’re all here! My personal favourites are Su Sirboni at Marina di Gairo, a small sandy cove with shallow waters which you have to walk about 20 minutes to reach from the road, it has no services so you need to go with everything you will need, but is well worth the visit & Cea near Bari Sardo, a large sandy cove with a red rock formation jutting out of the water which is a great area for snorkelling and is well serviced by beach bars and also a restaurant.

2. Mountains

Ogliastra borders the Gennargentu mountain range and National Park and offers some other stunning mountain areas such as the Tacchi D’Ogliastra, Supramonte di Baunai & Pedra Lunga. I live in the shadows of the Tacchi and I am still stunned and awed by the views that I see every day in this awesome area of the world. The Tacchi offer the more daring among you the opportunity to try climbing, there are also quad bike tours and challenging hiking trails. The mountain areas offer sanctuary to Sardinia’s wildlife, with a vast array of fauna and flora to enjoy including Mouflon, wild boar, deer and wild horses as well as birds of prey and smaller wildlife. Sardinia has no poisonous snakes, insects or spiders, so no worries there!

3. Waterfalls

With mountains come waterfalls, and although Sardinia is hot, Ogliastra has some wonderful waterfalls and pools. There are the pools of Coccorrocci near the Marina di Gairo and the waterfalls at Santa Barabara, Ulassai. The waterfalls at Ulassai are more serene during the summer and most spectacular after hard winter rain, but the area is still stunning to visit even in summer and I would recommend getting off the road and exploring under the bridge and the little walking tracks that flank the waterfall to find some of the lower pools. There are no tourist pathways so don’t expect it to be up to Health & Safety standards, but if you don’t mind taking responsibility for your own safety then this area is one of the most relaxing places to spend an hour or so. The Pools and waterfalls at Coccorrocci are more gentle and more well-travelled, but you will still need to be responsible for your own safety and the few tourists who travel to them will most likely be chilling in the shade of the trees or enjoying a little soak in one of the cool, freshwater pools.

4. Caves

Ogliastra has some spectacular caves for visiting. Within the Tacchi D’Ogliastra at Ulassai you can visit the Grotta Su Marmuri, which has a guided tour and a guide who speaks English. The cave is a steady 10 degrees so make sure you go prepared with a jacket and warmer shoes, the first time I visited I wore flip-flops and a strappy T-shirt and I was totally freezing! Closer to the sea is the Grotta Del Fico near Baunei, originally discovered and used by a Jesuit monk to study Monk Seals which nested in the caves, and accessible by boat or by foot using a guide through the area of Golgo.

5. Nuraghe

All over Sardinia you can find the ruins and remains of the ancient Nuraghic civilization. Ogliastra is no exception and offers some stunning examples and archealogical sites. My personal favourites are Nuraghe Sceri near Il Bono, which is still the most peaceful and profound place I have visited on the island to date and Nuraghe Serbissi, near Osini; a much more remote site, arrived at after a trip along a long white road (dirt track) with spectacular views and a tour guide who can explain the relevance of the individual dwellings and points of interest, including a cave that runs underneath the site.

As well as these natural wonders there are also other opportunities and things to do and to enjoy in Ogliastra.
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My Top 5 Things to do in Ogliastra

 1. Retreat

Yoga In Sardinia offers week-long Hatha Yoga, Mindfulness & Yoga Nidra retreats, partnering with local hotels to offer retreats at different price ranges and different experiences of the area; from sea and sun to mountains and tranquillity. Or you can create your own exclusive, personalised Yoga or Wellbeing retreat. You organise your own travel and accommodation arrangements and then you select what activates you want, when and where for your individual retreat. Yoga on the beach, Mindfulness at the waterfalls, massage in the peaceful surroundings of your villa; the choice is yours. A wonderful unique & exclusive opportunity to create your own perfect relaxation retreat! So it may be blatant self-promotion, but who else is going to do it! We also offer group yoga lessons on the beach and Holistic Therapies during the summer months. To find out more and request a no obligation quote from us, visit our website.

2. Kayak

Explore Ogliastra’s amazing coastline by sea kayak, enjoy the calm, clear waters of the island and see the stunning coastal views. Franceso at Cardedu Kayak offers courses and excursions by Kayak as well as longer trips exploring the coastlines and camping on the beaches. You can find out all the information on his website.

3. Green Train

Why not see Ogliastra by train? The Green Train ambles through the chasms, valleys and rich landscape of Ogliastra, taking you across iron bridges and through old stations and places inaccessible by car. Find out more from Fiorenza & Geoffrey at STS on their website.

4. Dive

Ogliastra Diving offers courses in diving, snorkelling & free diving as well as some activities above water such as Wind Surfing and Paddle Boarding. Explore the varied underwater habitats and life of Ogliastra, you might even catch a glimpse of the local dolphins. They are based in Bari Sardo and you can contact Fabiana and see all the details on their website.

5. Mountain Bike

Explore Ogliastra by Bike visiting coastlines, mountains, woodlands and beaches. Francesco from Kayak Cardedu also offers Mountain Bike tours in the local area with a range of tours from easy to medium expert. Check out the range of tours on his MTB Ogliastra website.

And finally, if you are visiting the area here are a few tips.

My Top 5 Tips for visiting the area

1. Hire a car; public transport is the not the greatest here and taxis are hard to come by and expensive. This is one holiday destination that you will want to get out and about to see all the wonders of the area.

2. Download Waze free SatNav  or bring your own SatNav with you – you’ll need to get off the beaten track to find some of these hidden treasures and having a SatNav will give you more confidence! Find out more about Waze here.

3. Be adventurous; Ogliastra has so much hidden beauty, but it’s not for the shy among us, you will need to go down little dirt tracks and through some tiny winding village roads, don’t be frightened to explore, some of the most beautiful beaches and stunning Nuraghe here are at the end of a tiny dirt track!

4. Learn some essential Italian phrases; the locals here are wonderful, friendly people, but they are not English speakers! Use Duolingo free to start learning.

5. Try the local specialities; my favourites are Culurgiones, a pasta parcel filled with potato, mint and cheese and served with fresh tomato sauce & Sebadas, a crispy fried dessert pasta filled with mild, fresh Pecorino and served with melting, warm honey.

Culurgione with fresh tomato sauce & Basil

Culurgione with fresh tomato sauce & Basil

Sebadas with honey

Sebadas with honey

Thank you for taking the time to read my top 5’s of Ogliastra. Please feel free to leave me some comments or make some suggestions for other places to see or things to do in the area. If you decide to visit the area, or have already been please let us know what you think of this beautiful area of Sardinia.

Ciao Ciao

 

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Sun Salutations – Surya Namaskar https://www.yogainsardinia.com/sun-salutations-surya-namaskar/ Thu, 29 May 2014 12:46:14 +0000 https://www.yogainsardinia.com/?p=1532 Here is a table of the Sun Salutation with Mantra, chakra, vibration and breath details. You can download and print freely 🙂

Sun Salutations

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Saluto al Sole https://www.yogainsardinia.com/saluto-al-sole/ Thu, 29 May 2014 12:41:29 +0000 https://www.yogainsardinia.com/?p=1527 Il Saluto al Sole con informazioni dei Chakra, i mantra, i vibrazioni ed i benefici. Per download e stampa 🙂

Saluto al Sole

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Gratitude Walk in Ogliastra https://www.yogainsardinia.com/gratitude-walk-ogliastra/ Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:29:45 +0000 https://www.yogainsardinia.com/?p=1460 It’s hard not be be overwhelmed with gratitude for life in this environment; so many reasons to feel joy for life surrounded with so much beauty, so much incredible, wild scenery. The air heavy with the scent of pollen, there were so many wild flowers along the road as I walked home from Jerzu, blues, purples, yellows, whites…such a spectacle! The butterflies gracefully fluttering through the air, my two companions making me laugh by energetically chasing the shadows of butterflies and bees on the road.

I walked for 2 hours, enjoying the spring sunshine, I saw only 3 cars the whole time, and one person tending his beehives; such a wonderful walk I wanted to share a few photos with you. I am not a photographer, I carry my iPhone with me and take shots when they present themselves, but I hope they give you an idea of how beautiful this “Island with an Island” of Ogliastra is, and I hope it might inspire you to visit, there is so much to see and do here if you love the outdoors and nature it truly is a paradise!

Jerzu

As I walked away from Jerzu travelling back home, this was the first view back to the “City of wine” with it’s cantina nestling just below!

 

Tacchi above Jerzu

The “heels of Jerzu” or Tacchi D’Ogliastra” jutting out from the earth above the town.

 

View towards Tortolì

The view looking towards Tortolì & Cardedu.

 

Rocks

An unusual rock formation jutting out at the side of the road and Kuma & Shiva trying to find lizards.

 

Tacchi

As I get nearer to home, this is the view the other side of the ridge from Jerzu.

 

Tacchi Valley

Looking further South towards the end of the valley.

 

Our Valley

The other side of the valley from the Tacchi, this is the valley that our house nestles along.

 

View towards Gairo

The view from our valley, looking back towards Jerzu & Gairo

 

Valley

The entrance road to our house is at the bottom of this valley. Notice also the little chasms caused by the rock formations here.

 

Monte Ferru

View towards Monte Ferru from the valley.

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Are You Too Busy? 4 Tips to Slow Down! https://www.yogainsardinia.com/busy-4-tips-slow-down/ Mon, 10 Mar 2014 08:06:47 +0000 https://www.yogainsardinia.com/?p=1446 Original article for Om Times
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A few weeks ago I launched a new online stress management program, as part of the launch I offered free places on the course to a variety of bloggers and journalists. The emails went out and replies started coming in; I was amazed at how many people said they would love to do it, that they really needed to reduce their stress levels, but they just didn’t have the time, even just 30 minutes a day is too much!

Let’s face it, possibly the only reason you’re reading this is because it said ‘4 tips’ in the title, so you figured it’ll be nice and quick to read!

In our modern world, everyone always seems so busy, we don’t seem to have time to stop and pause anymore. From the moment we wake up in the morning until we turn off the light at night, it’s foot to the floor on the gas pedal, it can seem like a nonstop roller coaster ride. It seems everyone has become so used to be being busy, they just don’t know how to stop anymore. It has become so normal to be ‘too busy’ that you can actually feel guilty, lazy or socially inept if you say you’re not!

But have you asked yourselves why we are so busy?

How much of our time is taking up with essential tasks and how much is taken up by us making unnecessary work for ourselves? Are we doing stuff that just fills the time, but that doesn’t really achieve anything? And what sort of activities do we tend to prioritise; how much time to we dedicate to doing the things that create more rush, tension and stress, now compare that to how much time we put by for relaxation or activities that create time for us to pause and reflect?

We seem to have become addicted to rushing everywhere; maybe we are trying to convince ourselves that we are indispensable or important, or maybe we don’t think we deserve time for ourselves and that there are always other people or other things more important than keeping ourselves mentally and emotionally healthy. Have we become so habituated to rushing, to filling our time that we have no idea how to relax, have we forgotten what activities make us feel relaxed, perhaps we even feel frightened by the thought of having nothing to do to keep our minds occupied?

There really isn’t anything wrong with being busy, in fact, we are very capable of multi-tasking, and often thrive on challenge; we can be busy and still feel relaxed and in control. And, if you are mindfully busy, by being present with the task at hand, instead of worrying about all the other tasks you have to do or thinking how you could have done the previous tasks better, you can actually be busy and even really enjoy the tasks at hand!

The problems arise if we feel too busy, and that can spiral out of control very quickly, as we feel things getting on top of us, our attitude changes, we start to feel out of control and then our time management skills go out the window and then, although we may be doing exactly the same amount of tasks as we were before, we soon seem to be fire-fighting instead of calmly enjoying the task at hand. That is when being busy transforms into stress, our physical body can become ill and our mental well-being can be seriously affected.

“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going to fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.”

Eddie Cantor

So what can we do to break the habit?

The next time you hear yourself saying “I am just too busy to do be able to do …(whatever it is you want to do)..”, stop, take 3 conscious breaths and reflect on what you can do to change your habitual busy-ness and make time for the things you want to do, being ‘too busy’ does not have to be a fact of life, you have a choice; make the necessary changes to your life and to your attitude.

Here are a few aspects of your life that you can think about to feel less rushed and to create more time to reflect and relax.

4 Tips to Slow Down 

1. Socializing – it’s ok to say no!

Socializing is an important part of our existence and is great for letting off steam with friends, catching up with extended family, developing a sense of connection with our local & global communities and also for networking, but it can easily get out of hand and become another reason for feeling rushed, drained and stressed out. If someone invites us out we can be left with a sense of guilt if we consider saying no, maybe one friend will ask you out for a chat one night, and then another friend another night, and so it goes on until you are out virtually every night, exhausted, but unable to turn anyone down. We feel if we say ‘no’ we’re not being a good friend, or we might miss out on something, but it’s ok, and even essential, to be able to say no and to set healthy boundaries for your social activities.

Perhaps you could consider organising a regular gathering of all your friends or extended family, it doesn’t have to be a massive formal gathering requiring lots of organising, just an informal gathering at a bar or coffee shop. And by setting a regular time, for example once a month, where all parties are together at the same time you can catch up, enjoy yourself, but keep the use of time to a manageable amount.

2. Hobbies – Enjoy one or two!

Think about your hobbies, and those of the rest of your family. Hobbies can be a great way to unwind and relax at the end of the day or at the weekend, but if you are rushing from here to there and back again trying to get to all the extra curricula activities of everyone in the family, it can be counterproductive!

So try to limit all those hobbies; consider limiting to maybe 2 or 3 evenings a week for those extra activities. Children love to spend the evening at home relaxing as much as adults, so don’t feel guilty limiting your child’s extra activities, remember you are also teaching them the importance of taking time to relax at home, to spend time with the family and to spend time reflecting. It’s also important you do not pass on the same bad habits of rushing and filling time for the sake of it to the next generation.

Consider making one of those hobby evenings a walk with the family in the country or nature reserve, setting by time for all the family to be together, getting some fresh air, spending some time in a natural environment away from the pull of the TV, computer, mobiles and all the other digital devices. In fact make it a rule to leave all devices at home while out on your walk, except maybe one phone for emergencies!

3. Time Management – Be more productive by doing less!

First of all be really picky, even brutal, about the tasks you take on; ask yourself each time if it’s really important or essential, and let the rest go.  Delegate to others; we can fall into the “it’ll be quicker if I do it myself” mentality far too easily, but by delegating you give others power to do things for themselves, to be more independent, and give them the opportunity to learn new skills and have new experiences.

Get up 5 minutes earlier than usual; give yourself a bit of extra time at the beginning of the day to enjoy your breakfast or cup of tea or coffee. By giving yourself more than enough time to get to your first appointment without rushing you can set the tone for the whole day. Make sure you leave enough time between your appointments, stop rushing around and start moving around at a more leisurely pace, you’ll be amazed how much more you can achieve when you have a calm attitude!

Communicate less; be succinct in your conversation, emails, tweets and Facebook posts, ask yourself if it’s worth saying, is it important, is it positive, is it kind? Communication is important and essential to healthy relationships, but we can often communicate too much, especially in the modern digital world. And cut out the gossiping and complaining, these just create a negative attitude and create nothing positive in your life, and often lead to a loss of respect and bad feelings that you can do without. Never, ever send any message when angry, you will spend far more time apologising and clearing up the mess afterwards than if you had paused for a few hours and not sent it in the first place!

Do less planning, some planning may be essential, but don’t take it beyond useful. Nobody knows what is going to happen in the future and while some careful preparation may be wise, too much planning can be a total waste of time, and can even mean you lose out on opportunities along the way because you weren’t even aware of them as they were not in your ‘plan’! By all means, have some long term goals and short term plans, but be flexible about it too; be open to other opportunities and go with the flow.

4. The Digital World – Take a technology break!

With all the modern digital devices we can feel like we are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The digital age has many positive aspects, we can be online constantly, communicating, searching information and working, but our bodies are not designed for constant external stimulation, we also need rest. Take a technology break; try setting a time by each day to turn off the PC, TV, tablet and mobile!

Many devices now come with an automatic ‘Do not Disturb’ setting that turns off all those distracting notifications, messages and calls (don’t worry most of them will let you exclude certain contacts so you will still receive the calls from the people closest to you): get it set up today and give yourself a break from the constant demands from the digital world, you will be amazed how much time you can free up by not needing to respond immediately to the latest celebrity gossip or news bulletin!

So to sum up, you have the power to make the necessary positive choices and to set the example for others; slow down, stay healthy and make time for yourself!

“Practice not-doing and everything will fall into place.”

~ Lao Tzu

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