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Every time I entered the busy-ness of this city life, I felt equally as rushed, pressured and anxious as all the people around me. We were all rushing to get somewhere but I don’t even know where. And I was actually proud to be a typical busy New Yorker. I had a sense of belonging and felt accomplished when I was rushing with the crowds.
But after several of nature getaways, my feelings have changed. I actually hate the busy-ness of city life. I love the beauty and quietness of nature. If it weren’t for school and family, I’d probably be a productive farmer now. Vlog from the countryside. So how exactly do I slow down and find sanity living in the city? Here’s what’s been helping me:
1. Finding quiet places in the city.
Finding somewhere that had little or no people was practically mission impossible in NYC. It took some serious experimentation and extensive digging to find the ideal place. I went full on detective mode. But I’m happy to say that after months of being pushed around in crowds, I’ve found a couple of nice quiet peaceful places.
My favorite type of places are obviously in nature with lots of greenery and animals. I reserve every weekends to visit those quiet places just to slow down. I enjoy just taking a walk, interacting with animals, (feeling like Snow White) and staying present. By the way, to New Yorkers watching this, message me if you want to know the sweet spots. I got you on that!
2. Using commute time wisely.
If you’ve seen most Hollywood movies that depict NYC traffic, it’s accurate. When it hits “rush hour,” you know you’ve messed up. Too often, a 20-minute drive turned into over an hour drive. When times like these happen, I used to just blast the radio to hear mediocre songs or advertisements for products I didn’t want.
But I discovered that I could’ve made use of all that traffic time with something productive. Now, I make use of traffic time by either putting on an educational podcast, replay lectures from my professor, or even just play my playlist of new songs I want to hear. I prepare the playlist of new songs beforehand. Extra, I know.
3. Creating space at home.
You would think that living in NYC would be all glamorous. That we’d be living like rock stars with luxury homes. But nope. I live in a small crammed apartment because everything here is overpriced and overvalued. The city in a nutshell. Still, I actually like my place. Even though it’s small, I’ve found my way to create sections of the home for different types of activities.
For example, I have one section of my home that is reserved solely for creation like content writing and editing. Meanwhile, the other section of my home is reserved for inspiration like watching videos and researching. And finally, my bedroom is reserved only for relaxing activities. Never ever do I allow myself to bring my work or think about work anymore once I step in there at night. What happens in work space, stays in work space. So whether you live in a small apartment or big house, I highly recommend you reserving a specific area for a certain activity whether it’s for working, inspiration, resting or socializing.
4. Planning a getaway.
I really love nature getaways especially road trips. I can’t think of a more perfect way to slow down than to just sit in the car, stare at the window and appreciate the scenery outside. Also pretend I’m in a music video.
Planning a getaway also builds up the anticipation beforehand. Knowing that I have a trip planned in the future keeps me productive and excited at the present moment. It gives me something to look forward to instead of feeling like groundhog day or quarantine 2020. That was a different type of suffering.
Not to mention, every time I go on a getaway, I come back feeling 10X more productive, fresh and clear-headed. I actually just came back from a getaway and man, my soul is probably still there. No wonder bunch of successful billionaires have preached the benefits of getaways! They know what they’re talking about. Call me a spoiled brat but that’s why I literally plan the next road trip when I just come back from one. Or, whenever I just feel so stressed to the point I want to jump off a cliff. Obviously kidding. My point is that I always try to make sure I have something to look forward to in the future.
5. Scheduling time to slow down.
If you’ve watched my other videos, you probably know I LOVE time blocking. If a getaway is way too out over the budget, then just scheduling time to slow down at home helps tremendously. In fact, I believe we really need to make slowing down a habit.
For me, this is during my lunch break when I take a walk outside. And also after I shut down my work. During my shutdown time, I play the guitar, dance terribly and then do some reading. Seeing those activities on my calendar remind me that I MUST do it. This means prioritizing ME time. It’s not selfish. It’s necessary.
This post really wasn’t meant to roast and rant about NYC. There are still plenty of things I love about the city. I just wanted to point out that lately, I’ve been feeling like I had enough of city life and needed to find some balance in my environment. That’s why I wanted to share how I’ve been finding that balance. That way, we can figure out how to make the most out of the environment we live in. Hopefully, my tips here can provide some use for that.
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