Before I get started on this post, it isn’t technically horse related (I know, I know, I can actually manage to talk about something that’s not horses. I have even surprised myself with this realisation)… But please bare with me and read on, I’m sure you’ll all relate.
I don’t know about you, but I could spend an entire day (from the moment I wake up, to the moment I go to bed) without actually taking anytime out, even just for a second, to appreciate the little things. I have quite a busy schedule, as I am sure most of you do too and it quite regularly leaves me feeling overwhelmed; my mind can feel full to the brim and whizzing around at 100 mph.
It was just recently that I thought to myself ‘Charlotte, you NEED TO SLOW DOWN!’. And it’s true. I think that we all lead such busy lives and have so much to fit in, it seems everyone nowadays is constantly in a hurry to cram everything possible into one day; we lead such fast paced lives. Now I’ll admit, I do like to be kept busy but I don’t like having a busy mind… and these are two very different things.
A busy mind can lead to feelings of worry, anxiety and stress. None of which are going to be productive, (trust me, I know!). I used to think I never had any spare time to be able to slow things down but I actually do and it’s something everyone can make time for, it really only takes a minute or two out of your day, I promise.
Let me ask you a question…
When was the last time you took a second to enjoy the smell of the freshly brewed coffee in the morning? When was the last time you woke up and listened to the birds humming outside your window? When was the last time you took a moment to enjoy the warmth of your horses coat from the sun? I bet you can’t remember! Just taking some time to appreciate and enjoy the small everyday things can make us happy and give our minds a bit of a mental break.
I have started to do this more recently, it is hard to change your mindset but I just make this a part of my routine everyday. At the moment I am still having to make a conscious effort to do this but hopefully over time I won’t. It gives my mind that reset it needs and I can start and end the day feeling relaxed and calm, with a clear mind.
The more I think about it, I really believe that it’s the small everyday occurrences that actually make us happy; the steps and achievements that lead us to our end goal, just as much as the end goal itself!
A short and sweet check in from me today – but hopefully it gives you a bit of ‘food for thought’. Do you have any tips and tricks for slowing yourself down when things get a bit hectic? I’d like to know.