When we need to ease up on the pace of life a little, heading offline seems like one of the first logical steps. But before you shut your laptop, the Internet can actually help you slow down, you just need to know where to look. Here are a few ways staying online can help you find the slower-paced, mindful moments we all need sometimes.
- Slow-living Instagram accounts - Check out the slow-living accounts that post videos of raindrops on windows and leaves blowing in the wind and try not to chill out. Some favorites are @SimpleandSeasonand @OrlaandMe, both of which offer a mellow, calm antidote to all the other fast-paced social media.
- Mindful/meditation phone apps - Meditation apps like Headspaceand Calm have been around for a while and newcomer Happy Not Perfect helps makes the idea of meditation more accessible for those who struggle with it.
- Brain games - When you need to slow down, giving your mind active rest by playing a game or doing a Sudoku puzzle can help your brain think more creatively and practically while you get to focus and be present in the moment.
- Paint /art online - Art therapy is real and while you’re probably not going to invest in a set of watercolors and an easel, painting, drawing and creating art online is a fun, soothing way to slow down on the Internet.
- Download a 'social media block' app - If you’re struggling to wean yourself off the Internet, a blocker app can help you manage. Some of them let you to narrow down which things distract you most: social media, games, and text messages, so you can block what you need so you can focus on mindfulness.