Busy, busy, busy. We are constantly on the go. We don’t often find the time to just BE. Here are some ideas for ways to hit the pause button

11119868_S-199x300Life can be complicated. There is so much to worry about. From the second we wake up in the morning until we go to sleep at night, we operate in a world that moves at a feverish pace. We have few opportunities to stop what we’re doing and just BE.

Have you ever noticed that children are often content to just BE? They find all kinds of ways to pass the time. As adults, it wouldn’t be such a bad thing to take a cue from children in this regard. Here are some kid-inspired ideas for ways to hit the pause button, even if it’s just for a few minutes:

Sit under a tree on a nice day. Or just find a spot outside where you can hang out for awhile. You could read a book or write in a journal. Or you could just look and listen to nature. Even better, lie down and watch the clouds go by.

Draw a picture. What, or who, is on your mind? Bring it to life on a page. It doesn’t have to be fancy. It doesn’t have to be good. Just let it be truthful.

Write a thank you–or a just because–card. Remember when you were a child and you’d draw a picture or write a note just to tell someone you loved them? Do it now! Sometimes, when we are in the throes of a stressful situation, simply sitting back and thinking of all the people we are thankful for can bring some perspective.

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