I am doing it again, rushing and cramming too much into my day. I’ve been pelted with stressors lately, and my cells are screaming for a break.
Instead of slowing down, I push myself and take more on. Proudly recognizing my productivity while my body and mind suffer. Sadly, I am sometimes even hurrying so I can relax, which makes it really hard to relax. Instead I crash.
Even my kids get to here me chant hurry up, speed up, and go quicker. Kids are so much better at slowing down and cherishing the moment. In fact it almost seems impossible for kids to hurry themselves.
I wouldn’t need to hurry myself if I took on less instead of more. While there are times where we need to take on more and rise to the challenge, there are also times when we need to slow down in face of the many responsibilities we have.
Are you caught in a web of hurrying up so you can get caught up, only to find you are too tired to enjoy life or loved ones? If you are a hurry addict like me, join me in a week dedicated to slowing down. And maybe we will remind ourselves how good it feels to slow down that we keep it up.
10 Ways to Slow Down Instead of Hurrying:
1. Schedule more breaks instead of more tasks in your day.
2. Take a nap.
3. Sit, watch, and listen to nature.
4. Read a book for fun.
5. Journal without turning it into a creative or productive work.
6. Unplug from computer, phone, or electronics for a day.
7. Go for a walk with no destination or time in mind.
8. Get a babysitter and do something gentle for yourself.
9. Limit the amount of time you check email and social media.
10. Connect with people face to face.
If we don’t slow down during our day, we will have a hard time slowing down at the end of the day. There is no such thing as hurrying to relax. Hurrying leads to more hurrying as your mind-body stay in hyper-drive.
Learn to cherish slowing down as much as hard work. Rise to the challenges in your life but settle in. Not everything needs to be a sprint or a race. Be productive but enjoy yourself and your loved ones along the way.
How does your body or mind signal you to slow down? Do you wait until the signals are really loud?
Photo Credit: “Orchestration of Sleep” by Casey David