Take a Breath & Slow Down
When I got out of bed this morning, it was 9:05 a.m – I had over slept although I had planned to work from home, and giving that my work hours kick off at 9:00 I felt that I had betrayed my own schedule. I bounced out of bed, ran around the house like a headless chicken, going to the bathroom, washing my face, starting up my laptop, having a glass of water, got a friend to get me take out for breakfast and by 9:20 I was settled in and started working!
It all brought me to think, that living on the fast track like this can’t be right. It was two months ago when I was in Sri Lanka enjoying a marvelous honeymoon with my husband and most of all relaxing, I learned that slowing down and being laid back doesn’t mean being lazy, on the contrary it means enjoying life – a skill that I lack as soon as my week kicks off with a work agenda!
This is when I realized it’s time to slow down – I have learned this lesson recently and this is what I learned:
Slow Down When Eating
Just before the wedding I had to lose some weight to fit into what I believe is my dream dress of all time, I consulted a dietitian and one of my major problems was eating too fast! See the thing is; it takes about 20 minutes for your brain to register that you are full. That’s because the food has to reach the intestines before your body starts sending signals telling your brain that you feel full. By slowing down your eating your brain can stop you before you eat too much.
Slow Down when Stressed
Stupid as it may sound working was overwhelming this week and every time I felt jammed and stressed I took a step back, a deep breath and simply do things slower. I ended up working late pretty much everyday, but then again, it was worth every minute. I was satisfied, happy and most of all content that I don’t have to worry about over-obsessing and stressing over the little details.
Slow Down and Disconnect
One of the items I cannot live without in life is my phone. As a matter of fact I have my whole life on my phone, email, work-email, blog, alerts, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, you name it, I have it, and having a smart phone is all about two things, being connected and enjoying the smart apps that add value to your life, but learning to disconnect has been the hardest lesson I’ve learned this week, yet the most rewarding. By 10:00 p.m every night, a few hours before I go to sleep I turn off my 3G service to get rid of any unnecessary alert, but midnight I switch to silent mode and go to sleep. Being connected all the time means we’re subject to interruptions, we’re constantly stressed about information coming in, we are at the mercy of the demands of others. It’s hard to slow down when you’re always checking new messages coming in.
Last but not least:
Slow Down and Appreciate your Surroundings
The thing about the fast track life is that many of us are either shut in our offices or homes, running chores or locked up in our cars trying to get to our new destination, if anything we rarely have time to go outside, if we are, or maybe in my case, I’m usually taking a private call outside on my phone rather than observing, and this is what I’ve noticed this Spring – Amman is so green, spring is here and I forget to take it all in before the blasting sun burns off the grass and grains, which brings me down to, it’s time to slow down, for two days now I was able to take some time, go outside on the terrace of my house and observe the suroundings, a breath of fresh ir, and the serenity of the greenery is wuite sensational and my own private dose of clearing my mind atfer along day at work.
“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going to fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.”
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