I am Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits.
Has anyone ever said that you need to slow down and enjoy life? Is there a speed limit in life? Why weren’t you told? You assumed you always had to go fast and hard to succeed. That’s what society has told you.
Your mind is always racing. You always have another responsibility or task waiting for you, and you aren’t even through doing what you’re doing right now. Your family responsibilities keep you going a mile a minute. It’s no different at work. It seems like even your spare time has to be experienced at warp speed.
This is just normal, right? Unfortunately, it is to many of us. Maybe it’s time for us to pump the brakes and move over to the slow lane of life.
Defining What It Means to “Slow Down”
Slowing down isn’t necessarily physical advice. No one says you cook dinner too quickly or run around at work.
The advice really should be to minimize and simplify. Stop trying to do so many things at once. Remove unimportant and unnecessary items from your to-do list. Slow down your mind and emotions by giving them less to deal with.
This rewards you with the feeling that you have enough time to accomplish everything you need to. That’s something many people don’t experience too often these days. The wonderful benefit is that you stress less and you have time to rest and be present in the current moment.
There’s time to look around and experience your life rather than just rushing through it.
Be Proactive More and Reactive Less
When you react, you’re waiting for things to happen. This is common when you’re so busy you have little control over what’s driving your behavior. You constantly react to outside sources, influences, distractions, and circumstances.
When you are proactive, you act with intention. You draw up a game plan. Don’t include everything and anything under the sun. Focus on those things that deliver the biggest benefits and rewards. Be honest, and don’t add many unnecessary and frivolous activities. Schedule rest and relaxation.
Make time for quiet contemplation. Don’t worry that the world will end if you aren’t going a million miles an hour all the time. Slow down and really live your life. Engage your senses in more want-to activities or spend your time experiencing the current moment and doing nothing at all.
The rewards for slowing down in a busy modern world are less stress, more contentment, and a greater appreciation of your life. Those are some pretty nice gifts to give yourself, and they can start with stopping right now and fully appreciating your present moment.
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