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​Five Benefits of Slowing Down

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Monday, October 30, 2017

Five Benefits of Slowing Down



Have you ever thought about the advantages you would glean from slowing down? You live in a fast-paced world, but it doesn't have to be that way all the time. You have a choice. It's up to you to decide whether easing the speed at which you operate is worthwhile for you. Here are the benefits you could reap; perhaps considering them will help you make up your mind.


Less stress.


Much of the stress you face stems from rushing to and fro. When you dash around, trying to get as much done in the shortest time possible, your heart beats faster. Indeed, all the symptoms of fight or flight occur, and these send the signal to your system that you are in danger. The result is full-on stress.


Slow down, and your body will follow suit. You'll adopt the body language of someone who's calm and balanced. As such, your system will respond by reflecting your composed demeanor. Instead of being in a constant state of panic, you'll be serene.


You'll see the big picture.


Functioning at a slower pace will allow you to notice details. You'll see the little things that matter like the steam rising from your morning java and people giving you warm smiles as you pass them. Being busy makes you miss small wonders and acts of kindness offered by others. Stop hurrying, and you'll enjoy simple pleasures more.


Increased focus.


You might imagine you'll get extra done if you move quickly and attend to several chores at the same time. However, studies show trying to do too many things at once reduces concentration. Focus on one job, giving it your full attention, and you'll be more productive.


Better connection with people.


You might not mean to be dismissive if your friends call, or your family wants attention when you're busy. Nonetheless, you come across as uncaring sometimes if you don't spare a few moments to engage with the people you love. Slow down, and you'll be able to give people your full attention instead of a wave of the hand and a mumble as you rush away.


Better health.


Improved health goes hand-in-hand with less anxiety. The more peaceful you are, the easier it is for your immune system to work well. Medical experts know their patients heal best when they relax, as opposed to when they are stressed. Slow down, and your body will thank you for allowing it to enjoy the benefits of working smoothly.


Doing as much as possible was once thought a skill. Now, though, the advantages of decelerating are clear. Your relationships, health, and focus are set to improve if you put on the brake. Also, you'll be tranquil and able to appreciate life if you reduce your speed.


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