How Slowing Down Enhances Your Well Being
posted: Nov. 15, 2022.
The pace of life at this time of year can often be overwhelming, dizzying, and numbing. Doing too much while rushing to get it all done is stressful, which raises the amount of cortisol in the body to unhealthy levels associated with high blood pressure, compromised immune functioning, depression, cognitive difficulties, loss of emotional control, fatigue, and a host of other ills. When we slow down, we not only practice mindfulness but we improve our overall health and well-being.
Slowing down lowers stress and blood pressure, and restores emotional equilibrium. In allowing ourselves to experience the present, we become more attentive to what is happening around and within us, and make the most out of every moment. Even mundane tasks and instances become filled with more joy. We have a lot to learn about the simple art of slowing down…
It Offers Perspective
Fast judgements are generally biased toward action. Those quick actions might reduce some of our anxiety in the short-term, but they’re likely to create more problems than they solve. Slowing down supports us in making choices each day that are a reflection of our deepest values.
We Welcome Peace Into Our Lives
Rushing robs us of the pleasure of the present moment and wreaks havoc on how we treat others and the world around us. Slowing down brings a sense of calm and peacefulness and puts us in harmony with others. Moving at a slower pace welcomes the opportunity to appreciate that first sip of coffee or find peace in the traffic jam during our morning commute.
We Realize We Are Separate From Our Problems
We are often conditioned to identify and then deal with the problems we face as soon as they arise. When we slow down, we can take problems seriously but not personally. We’re able to take a step back to view any challenges as separate entities from our character and create logical solutions without emotional attachment.
Take Some Time to Slow Down Today
Take a break and check in with yourself. Even if it's for 5 minutes, take the opportunity stay in the present moment. You'll be surprised how slowing down as a mindful practice can vastly improve your over all well-being.
If you're having trouble slowing down working, feel stressed, or anxious collaboratively with a therapist can help you find out what's causing it this as well as help you find coping strategies to help you work though it to achieve a renewed sense of calm. Call us today at 562-566-4257 or visit our website at www.daybreakcounselingcenter.com for more information.