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Modern life is a busy thing filled with noise, technological gadgets, and hurriedness. Take a step back from the busy-ness, put distractions on hold, and allow your mind and body to de-clutter as you concentrate on slowing down. Let the following activities take you back to simpler times.

Read a Book

In a world full of traffic signs, advertisements, emails, memos, and text messages, a non-stop deluge of written words can seem almost natural. But reading a book is different. Choose a classic and sit down for some uninterrupted reading time. Your mind will appreciate the mental nourishment.

Work With Your Hands

Allow your mind to focus on something different as you use your own two hands to accomplish something beautiful or useful. Sewing, needlework, woodworking, and crafting foster a sense of accomplishment and usefulness as you take raw materials and turn them into a new creation.

Nourish Your Body

Spend time in the garden to refresh your mind and grow food to nourish your body. Maybe you have space to plant a big vegetable garden. Perhaps you have a small window herb garden. Either way, caring for growing things gives your hands something to do and your mind time to renew itself. Taking time to cook a healthy meal can have the same result. Knowing that you are taking care of yourself or your family with nutritious food is satisfying.

Be Social

A slower-paced society made time for weekly family gatherings, community picnics, and Sunday afternoon visiting. Try reconnecting with your family or friends more often in person. Move beyond text messaging and social media. Spend time with the people you care about, whether to share a meal of hot dogs on the grill or to meet at a local park for a walk or to let the kids play. These personal connections increase your support system and reduce stress.

Play Music

People have enjoyed listening to music for centuries. Now it’s easy to turn on your playlist and let the sound fill the air, but there was a time before mp3 players, speakers, and radio. If you wanted music, live music was your only choice. Bring back live music. Go ahead and practice that instrument you learned to play as a child or learn to play a different one. Reviving old skills will feel good. Learning an instrument is easier than ever now that lessons are available in person or online. If playing isn’t an option, listen to live music when you can.

You can call these pastimes old-fashioned, and they are just as valuable today. They provide a break from the bombardment of information imposed by modern technology. They encourage satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. They nourish the mind.

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