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5 Must-Watch Videos That Will Inspire You to Slow Down and Enjoy Life


If you are a TED Talk fan, you know how inspiring a lot of its talks can be. But if you are among those who have not watched it even once, it is never too late to start. Here are some of the best videos about slowing down that will inspire you to do just that and enjoy life.

Andy Puddicombe: All it takes is 10 mindful minutes

Everyone goes through days when slowing down seems like an impossible feat. But as mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe shares in this video, taking 10 mindful minutes is all you need to do nothing and simply enjoy the present moment. He talks about how spending at least 10 minutes not using your phone, thinking, or talking with someone can go a long way in improving your life.

Carl Honore: In praise of slowness

Many people are no stranger to living life in the fast lane. You just have to look at people during rush hour in cities to see how hectic everyday life has become. But for journalist Carl Honore, a life focused on speed could diminish people’s quality of life. He talks about why a growing number of people are now choosing to slow down and its potential benefits to one’s life.

Matthieu Ricard: The habits of happiness

Matthieu Ricard is a biochemist who became a Buddhist monk. In this video, he shares about the powerful impact of training the mind to build habits that promote wellbeing. He talks about meditators or people who spend a lot of time in meditation and mind training. Fun and enlightening, this talk will make you rethink how you spend your time every day and how you can create a more tranquil and fulfilling life.

Paolo Cardini: Forget multitasking, try monotasking

Designer Paolo Cardini puts multitasking in perspective and presents a much better alternative – monotasking. He then talks about how focusing on one task at a time can be a transformative experience.

Pico Iyer: The art of stillness

Everyone gets overwhelmed at some point. Constant activity and the wide array of distractions often add to the frenzy of everyday life. In this talk, travel writer Pico Iyer shares about the art of stillness and the positive effects it can have in one’s life.

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5 Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy a Relaxing Vacation


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A vacation is a time for taking a break from hustle and routine of daily life. For most people, if not all, the whole point of going on a holiday is to have fun, relax, and do things they do not have the time to do every day. But going on a leisure trip is not always as relaxing as you would hope it to be. You may inadvertently set a hectic pace in the hopes of cramming as many things to see and do as you can in your travel itinerary. If you want to avoid stress while traveling, here are some ways to slow down and enjoy a relaxing time wherever your travels bring you.

1. Travel with less. Not many people feel comfortable traveling with only the basic essentials in their luggage. But there is sense of lightness, figuratively and literally, when you start traveling with less. Just ask anyone who has done it. If you are not used to packing light, you can ease your way into it by shortening your list of things to bring one trip at a time.

2. Plan but little room for flexibility. Plan just enough to ensure that you have covered the most important things for a smooth trip. But avoid cramming your schedule with activities that you have barely have time to rest. Make the most of your vacation to go slow and easy. Enjoy doing the things you love and explore places at a much slower pace.

3. Don’t worry about things outside your control. Breathe and don’t sweat the stuff that are outside your control. Adjust when things do not go as planned or, if there is no harm in doing so, just go with the flow and let events unfold as they should.

4. Spend more time offline. Unplug and disconnect for as long as you can during your trip. Post your photos or thoughts after you get back from your vacation. Or do it on your spare time at the end of the day.

5. Pick a place suited for a truly relaxing break. Find a more laidback destination or a tranquil getaway. You can spend your vacation in a picturesque town or village in the countryside, a woodland cabin, or a lakeside lodge. There are actually many options you can choose from where you can enjoy everything more slowly.