Slow and Steady Wins the Race
Years ago, because I had totally exhausted my adrenal glands and was forced to rest in order to heal, I knew I had to stop rushing. Being somewhat of a Type A personality, this required a major shift in thinking and behavior, although with exhausted adrenal glands, I wasn’t moving very far very fast.
That was a long time ago and now, looking back, I can see the value of moving at a slower, steady pace without the frantic pushing that comes with behavior stimulated by fear of not having or doing enough. In the last few weeks, once again, I was forced to slow down because of the concussion I sustained. It’s amazing how much work I thought I had to do that could be ignored or delayed without consequence.
The advantages of slowing down are many including extending your lifespan, enhancing your intutition, greater appreciation of life, peace of mind, saving time and energy, and much more. Wouldn’t you rather be rich and healthy than rich and exhausted?
Here are some steps you can take in order to slow down:
1. Make an agreement with yourself never to drive through a yellow light. Instead of goosing the gas peddle when a light turns yellow, hit the brakes instead. While waiting for the light to change to green, take a few deep breaths and say to yourself, “I have time to relax.”
2. If you have a habit of keeping long to-do lists, prioritize the tasks and figure out how much time each might take. At the end of a day, review what you have done and see if your estimates were correct. If you used more time than expected, add that amount of time to the next day’s tasks.
3. Learn to say no and set boundaries. If you keep taking on more than you can handle, you’re sending out a signal for people to take advantage of your time. Remember my favorite saying, ‘If one of us has to be uncomfortable, it doesn’t have to be me.”
4. Leave empty spaces in your daily calendar. If you tend to schedule clients, meetings, or tasks back to back, be sure to leave enough time between appointments to change your pace and slow down a bit.
5. Meditate at least 10 to 20 minutes per day. (Basic meditation instructions are at
6. Stay focused in the present. When you find yourself worrying about the future, ask yourself, “Is everything okay today? Do I have enough to eat and a place to stay?”
7. Take a day off. Years ago, I made a rule not to turn on my computer on Sundays. That one day of rest allows me to really recharge.