Slow Down

“Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly.” ―Mae West

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Nowadays, it feels like everyone is always on the go. There’s a constant rush to get things done, meet a deadline, run to the next appointment. There is no time to actually breathe. Slowing down doesn’t necessarily mean extending the time it takes to do something. Instead, it is appreciating your time instead of counting the seconds.

I am guilty of the rush. There is a sense of anxiety that grows and grows if I’m not kept busy. There have been countless days where the moment I wake up on a day off, I start to clean the house. I make coffee in the middle of it all, but I don’t even sit down to eat breakfast.

But all this doesn’t exactly help with the anxiety. If there is a dull moment, I am pacing around the living room. What section should I clean next? I’m a bit tired and I sit down, but I’m back up in a matter of minutes.

There is a value in slow living. It doesn’t mean you’re a sloth. It is choosing quality over quantity in all aspects of your life. You need to take care of both your body and mind. It is okay to rest, because there will always be time to continue where you left off.

All this rushing and hustling that has been ingrained in our minds is not life or death. When I have “dull” moments, I’m actually getting more work done. I’m able to concentrate better because I’m not thinking of the next task and the next and so on. I don’t have to follow a checklist. I am able to enjoy what I am doing at the right pace.

“Life is a journey, not a destination.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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When you get to the end, you get to the end. And what does it all amount to? What did you accomplish? Did you enjoy the journey or was it a mindless task filled with stress?

Slowing down is a state of mind. The anxiety decreases and there is more enjoyment in every day activity. You have no obligation to over-schedule and overload your brain. It is okay to decline invitations. It is okay to take breaks and relax. If someone gets mad or tries to push, that is not on you. Your real friends will understand and always extend another invitation.

Try slowing down even if it is just for a day. Remember, don’t multitask whenever you try to slow your pace. Find something that you truly love and enjoy it without checking the time. It can be anything from reading a book to hiking outside. Maybe you’ve always wanted to cook a certain dish, but was always “too busy.”

Embrace the dull moments, embrace boredom.

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