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Lockdown 2 Resilience Tips - Day 20

I’ve been walking in the Shropshire Hills today. It is so lovely to be able to do that still. I felt even more grateful when the sun broke through the clouds.

I spotted a National Trust sign that included the advice: “Slow your pace to enjoy the place.” And it is so true.

We are often trying to get as fast as we can from one place to another, as if there is virtue in that pace and efficiency. Sometimes there is. But it is often when we slow down or even stop that we really notice and appreciate where we are and what is around us. There is so much beauty and joy in the details and patterns.

Slow right down or stop for a while next time you are out and about. It doesn’t have to be in the hills, it could be anywhere. Towns and cities can be just as fascinating and rewarding. See what you notice. See what you are drawn to and check it out. Or you could try the five senses exercise again – notice what you can see, hear, touch, smell and taste. Make the most of the moment by really paying attention to it.

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