JO CALE

AD­VEN­TURE SEEKER AND BLOG­GER AT MINDFULNESS AD­VEN­TURES

Surf Girl - - My Surfgirl Life -

As a blog­ger find­ing time for your­self can be dif­fi­cult, as your busi­ness is al­ways at your fin­ger­tips. My phone has blog posts, so­cial me­dia, emails and pho­to­graphs on it, all of which is busi­ness. I of­ten find my­self swept away in it. Re­cently my main fo­cus is to stop and take a mo­ment to re­flect and be mind­ful of what’s go­ing on in my life. Then try to take a slower ap­proach, al­low­ing my­self to ap­pre­ci­ate the life I live. Mindfulness to me isn’t just about med­i­ta­tion and yoga, al­though I love both.

To me, it is about re­flect­ing on what hap­pens on a day-to-day ba­sis and putting my life into per­spec­tive.

Switch­ing off is the hard­est thing to do, but is nec­es­sary when I want to take the slow path of life. Putting the phone down and tak­ing some me-time is so im­por­tant when you live a lot of your life on­line. I share all my sto­ries and ad­ven­tures on my blog, so en­sur­ing I take time away from the screens to fo­cus on my­self is key. I en­joy do­ing the things that get me away from the day-to-day rou­tine, such as coastal walks, stand up pad­dle­board­ing or hav­ing a hot bath. It gives me time to switch off from ev­ery­one else in the world and not worry about any­thing.

Be­ing out­doors can do won­ders for your well­be­ing. I am lucky enough to live on the Devon coast, so I try to spend at least 30 min­utes a day out­doors. My favourite thing to do is to head down to the beach and lis­ten to the waves, of­ten leav­ing my phone at home. Just be­ing pre­sent in the mo­ment. It’s the per­fect time to take ev­ery­thing that lit­tle bit slower and ac­knowl­edge the sights and sounds around me – ev­ery­thing from the feel­ing of the sand to other peo­ple.

We all get stressed, but tak­ing a mo­ment to slow life down al­lows time to re­fo­cus and ap­pre­ci­ate how hec­tic ev­ery­thing can get. Liv­ing a slow life is one we might all aim for, yet the abil­ity to es­cape the daily rush can feel a mil­lion miles away. By tak­ing lit­tle mo­ments each day to fo­cus on be­ing fully pre­sent, we can all look for­ward to a slower pace of life.

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