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How to slow down in a fast-paced digital world

A guest post from community member Catriona Smith. Catriona has been working in content, marketing and copywriting since 2012 and has recently qualified as a yoga teacher. She shares her experience of keeping calm in a digital age.

How to slow down in a fast-paced digital world

With information at our fingertips, we’re always on the go, scrolling through endless content and planning what to do next. Activities like yoga and mindfulness can help us feel more present and give us a break from technology. As enter the exciting month of May with warmer weather (hopefully), national holidays and the fun of Brighton Festival, here are three ways to feel more grounded in today’s busy world.

Try a yoga class

Yoga isn’t about being the most flexible. It certainly has physical benefits but the positive influence it has on the mind is what I’ve come to appreciate most. From reducing stress to improved sleep, a regular yoga practice can help you navigate today’s society.

Yoga Tree Pose Vrksasana

Each class links movement with the breath, connecting your senses to the present moment. As postures flow from one to the next your mind becomes more focused and less distracted.

3 Yoga poses to help you feel more grounded:

  1. Mountain Pose (Tadasana)

    This is often where you begin your practice, balancing your weight equally in your feet and connecting you with the earth.

  2. Tree Pose (Vrksasana)

    Although a standing balance, you can feel grounded in your standing leg and strength as you grow taller.

  3. Child’s Pose (Balasana)

    Relaxing your forehead to the earth is a restful pose and can be a great way to start a grounding practice or take a break between postures.

Engage with the world around you

When was the last time you walked down the street without any gadgets or technology? Not that there’s anything wrong with that in itself, but it’s easy to rush around and not take notice of our surroundings. And it comes as no surprise that the average millennial checks their phone 150 times a day (Qualtrics and Accel 2018). This constant need to find information and keep in contact with people can be exhausting.

sunset walk in brighton

Sometimes just simply unplugging and taking a walk along the beach can be the most calming experience. Notice the sounds, the people around and the changing nature – even more beautiful now we head into spring.

Practice mindfulness

With apps like Headspace, mindfulness and meditation have become widely talked about in the western world in recent years. Although meditation is as an ancient tradition thought to have been practiced by the Vedas around 4,500-2,500 BCE, these modern interpretations have created something accessible that explains the science while still rooted in tradition.

Benefits include stress reduction, help sleeping and improving focus, according to Headspace research. Even just taking 10 minutes out of your day can make a difference. It also helps develop the tools you need to cope with stressful situations.

practice mindfulness

A podcast I listen to called Hurry Slowly had an episode on your ‘inner critic’, featuring guest meditation teacher, Sebene Selassie. She said: “It’s not only about the moment…it’s about building your capacity to hold more.”

Final thoughts

Yoga gives me that time to slow down and move more mindfully. Focusing on one thing at a time – be it cooking, asana, walking or meditating – helps calm the mind and bring a sense of contentment to a busy lifestyle.

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