One of the hardest things to find these days is someone who stops to smell the roses. In other words, someone who can slow down and take in all of the beautiful things around them. It’s a lost art, really, especially when you have to rush around to different classes, practices, and every other responsibility a highschooler has vying for their attention. Graduating can be an especially stressful time for a senior, but there’s no better time to slow down, de-stress, and enjoy this time in your life. Here are a few tips for doing it!
Do Less – It’s one of those steps that’s much easier to say than do. Finishing up high school and preparing for college can mean you are forced to move almost non-stop, and that’s not counting extra-curriculars, hobbies, spending time with friends and family, and anything else you’re up to. No wonder you’re exhausted! While it may seem impossible, doing less is as easy as figuring out what your top priorities are. When you do, skim the extra stuff off the top, and take some time for yourself – and relax. This is a great habit to get into now before college, as university tends to be an incredibly stressful time, and you want to be able to deal with it well when you get there. Do less now to accomplish more later!
Put the phone away – Slowing down and disconnecting might as well be synonymous. If you’re going to slow down, you have to be intentional about it, and a big part of that is unplugging from the busy virtual worlds you’re a part of, and spending some time enjoying a bit of solitude. On your phone, there are a ton of people and things struggling to suck you into their universe, which isn’t always a good thing. Whenever you put your phone down, you’re putting away distractions, and you can use your new peace-filled time to focus on doing little things that you like to do. Take that time to start a book, go out for a bit of a nature walk, or go on an adventure with friends – but take it slow!
Focus on those around you – Sometimes spending quality time with people is the perfect antidote to a stressful and busy life. When you can hang out with your best friend and do something you both love, it’s like taking a breath of fresh air, and it instantly relaxes. Taking the focus off of yourself and what’s grabbing for your attention means you gain a bit of freedom from it, and that can be immensely refreshing when all you can think of is what you have to do tomorrow. Part of slowing down is learning how to stay present, and being with people is one of the easiest ways to learn – and you can have so much fun while you’re doing it!
Slowing down takes work, but it can be so wonderfully satisfying, especially for the tired and busy soul. Keep with it, and you’ll be well set up for college once it comes! And if you want a comfortable senior session without any sort of stress, I’m the perfect photographer for you. Contact me here to book your session today!