The Benefits of Slowing Down
What are your thoughts on slowing down?
Ask me a few years ago, 5 years ago, 10 years ago, and slowing down was not an option. I’m sure many of you can relate to this, but slowing down to me meant zero progress. I thought that if I even took a second to slow down, it would set me back FOR LIFE. Can you believe that?! Saying it out loud makes it sound dramatic, and the truth is, is that it was very dramatic of me.
I remember my five year old self wishing time would go by faster. That I wanted to be an adult right now. Haha little Rach, if you only knew what being an adult was like.
The thing is, we live in a very competitive world. Which means everyone and everything around us moves at a faster pace. But at the end of the day, what does that achieve? I never truly understood the benefits of slowing down until the past couple years. Maybe cancer had something to do with it or maybe I just got wiser.
When I mentioned that I’m a different person than I was before cancer, I really meant it and the first thing that popped in my head is how fast-paced I was. I was always looking ahead. In general, I was very competitive and I wanted to be the best. And I always thought slowing down even just to breathe meant failure. But I was also very irritable… doesn’t sound like a happy life.
Now I would do anything to have time slow down. There are so many benefits to slowing down.
Benefits of Slowing Down
You can actually be a real person when you slow down. You can gather your thoughts properly and enjoy the company of others. Get to really know you and know who and where you actually want to devote your time to.
You can actually enjoy life when you slow down. Since you are present, you are savoring every moment. Do you remember when you were a kid and the days felt long? And how you were able to create all these fun childhood memories. There’s so many of them, right? Think about our lives as adults. We are always on the go, that making memories can sound stressful. Take a moment to slow the pace, and you’ll be surprised how many meaningful memories you can make.
You can actually become at peace. Remember how I said I was irritable? Now that I slowed things down, I know where to really focus my energy on. Why be frustrated over something so minuscule? My time is valuable and so is yours. You get to learn to use your time wisely.
When you slow down, you really are taking care of your health. Both mentally and physically. When you are exhausted, it wears you down. Your mind can’t think, you get anxious, stress gets worse, etc. And when those things happen to you, it starts to show physically. You’ll look unwell, may not function/move as well, and it can potentially lead to health issues.
When you are constantly on the go, you are looking way too far ahead. Most of the time we are constantly on the go because we have goals that we want to achieve. But if we aren’t paying attention to the present, we may miss out on opportunities. They can be opportunities about an amazing career change, positive change within you/family/friends, and/or something eyeopening that you may not have even realized is great.
Have you heard of the phrase ‘take one step back to move two steps forward’? So so true. When you actually take the time to even just think about what you want to do, you can think thoroughly and assess your goals better. And that takes you much further than constantly working without direction.
So there ya go. This is why I think there are so many benefits to slowing down. So let me ask you again, what are your thoughts on slowing down? Have you tried it and seen benefits of slowing down? Life and your time is precious. Take every single breath you can to enjoy life and make it more impactful.
P.S. Remember when I mentioned how I think the Who What Wear collection is the best Target collection? This dress is from their collection and the same goes for the satin skirt. I promised you all that I would mention it, and hopefully you all love it too. It fits true to size!