You may not think that slowing down is an “art,” but in this fast-paced world of ours, learning how to slow down is vital to our health and wellness, so it takes a bit of finesse. When we’re so used to going a hundred miles per hour in every direction, it becomes hard to be attuned to our bodies and minds and slow down enough to listen to what it’s telling us. There are so many benefits to taking it slow and lots of fun, relaxing ways to do so.
Benefits of Learning to Slow Down
Slowing down can have numerous health benefits, including increased mindfulness and focus, reduced stress levels, improved physical health, better decision-making abilities, and increased creativity.
Taking the time to slow down and reflect can also enhance our relationships with others and help us to better appreciate the world around us. Additionally, slowing down can allow us to fully enjoy experiences and savor the moment rather than rushing through them.
Overall, embracing a slower pace of life can lead to greater happiness, satisfaction, and overall well-being.
How to Pursue Rest and Wellness
There are a surprising number of ways you can slow down and rest and improve your health and wellness. But here are a few ideas.
Taking Some “Me” Time
When was the last time you spent a moment alone just to let yourself think? Between work, media, and even the ones close to us, we’re not always alone with our thoughts. Take time to become reacquainted with yourself! Some people may find this surprisingly intimidating, but it’s well worth the effort.
Spend Quality Time with Loved Ones Frequently
Too often, we let the hustle and bustle of life get in the way of spending quality time with our family and friends. Has it been a few months since you’ve seen your friends or had an uninterrupted conversation with your family that didn’t involve daily chores and work? Set aside time each week to give a friend a call just to chat or plan a weekly family game night.
Practice Deep Breathing
Did you know the way you breathe can affect your wellness? Over time, we train ourselves to breathe shallowly in our chests. It’s quieter sounding, and some people are self-conscious about making their bellies look bigger with deep breaths.
The problem with this is that taking these shallow breaths in our chest induces anxiety because that’s how we naturally breathe when we’re nervous or panicking. When you breathe like that, you’re literally telling your body to be nervous!
By taking control of your breathing and retraining yourself to breathe long, deep, and slow in your belly, then expanding up, you’re telling your brain all is well. This helps reduce anxiety and promotes a calm feeling.
Ways to Slow Down
Take a Slow Soak in a Hot Tub
A Wellis® hot tub is a perfect place to take “me” time or hang with family and friends. The warm water provides welcome relief to stress and stiff muscles, inviting you to stay a while.
Boost Wellness in a Sauna
A quiet session in a sauna may be just what you need to tune out the busy world around you. Having routine time in the sauna can also boost health and wellness, clearer skin, improved sleep, and better cardiovascular health, all of which reduce stress, as well.
Lean Back and Rest in a Massage Chair
Sometimes this fast world catches up to us and settles right between our shoulder blades and lower back. Or our legs and feet are just tired from being on the go all the time. And when was the last time you checked in on your hands and wrists? They can get strained from being overworked on the job or even in everyday life. Give your body a rest (and a massage) from head to toe in an Infinity® massage chair.
At Wellis New England, we specialize in the art of slowing down. Whether you’re looking for a hot tub, a sauna, or a massage chair, we have everything you need to find rest and wellness. You can also check us out on Facebook for more rest and wellness tips. Stop by our showroom today in Brookfield, CT, or contact us with any questions.