Slow down and enjoy life…

“…..It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.Eddie Cantor

A recent camping holiday with my daughter in (very wet and windy!) Norfolk reminded me of the benefit of taking things at a slower pace. Being away from TV’s and computers, our preoccupation with keeping our tent securely pegged down and cooking on basic equipment was fun and brought our focus back to enjoying each other’s company, chatting and playing Scrabble (she won every time!).

Many of us live in ‘fast forward’ – and pay the price for it. Our work, health and relationships suffer. Over-stimulated, over-scheduled and overwrought, we struggle to relax, to enjoy things properly, to spend time with family and friends. It wouldn’t be practical on an everyday basis to shun technology, live in the wilderness or do everything at a snail’s pace, but we could aim to strike a balance between fast and slow.

Eating more slowly is better for your digestion and gives time for your appestat – a hypothetical region of the brain thought to control the amount of food intake – to kick in, so you stop eating before you get overfull.

Anaerobic exercising, particularly in disciplines such as Yoga, Tai Chi or Pilates are more beneficial when done at a snail’s pace- the muscles have to work harder when you don’t allow gravity or the impetus of a movement to help get you in or out of a position.

When I do a massage treatment I alternate some more energetic bodywork with some really slow, soothing, almost hypnotic techniques, enabling a deep, therapeutic relaxation. Clients often say that while they were relaxed and suspended in this ‘slow’ time, their thoughts flowed more creatively and perhaps opened up the way forward with an issue which had been vexing them.

‘Southwell Life’ – Oct 2007

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