For fast-acting relief, try slowing down. ~ Lily Tomlin
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. ~ Eddie Cantor
Slow down you’re doing fine. You can’t e everything you want to be before your time. ~ Billy Joel
This weekend I slowed down. I really had not planned on slowing down, I always have work to do (the joys of being an educator, the work never ends, it follows you home every night and weekend!) Yet, my body slowed me down anyhow. I slept until 10:30 a.m. and then slowly moved around the house, drank a cup of coffee and made my girls an early lunch. By 12:30 p.m. I was ready for a nap – which lasted until after 4:30 p.m…… my day spent in bed. I felt a bit guilty, as I really do have things I need to accomplish. On the other hand, I run around so much during the week that I do need a weekend when I can stay in my pajamas all day and allow my body to recover from the race that is the week.
It is healthy to slow down, and even necessary to slow down. This is something that many of us do not allow ourselves to do, but is critical for physical and mental health. You are not weak if you allow yourself to take the breaks that you need – you are strong – and you are modeling healthy self-care behaviors for your children.
Today, 179 days ’til 40, I will remind myself that it is good to slow down – perhaps if more people understood this the world would be less grumpy.