Escapes: Slow Down

Escapes: Slow Down

Laure Joliet
Aug 18, 2008

We all lead such busy lives that it can be hard to switch into vacation mode. Or, tired of pushing so hard, we collapse into vacation time and wonder how to keep some of that feeling in our regular lives:

This is where slowing down can help tremendously in everyday life. A book that was really eye opening for us was In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed which talks about the history of culture and how the industrial revolution put us all 'on the clock' minding our productivity and basing our sense of worth and identity on how productive we are.

Multi-tasking, mile-long to-do lists, perfectionism; these all feed into a sense of needing to be doing more, faster! Never getting to the end of that list, always having more to do and never having enough time can lead to massive burnout and even anxiety and depression. But more likely a sense of not really being in control of living a life that you enjoy.

Of course we all have things to do and lives to live but is there a way to bring some slowness to your day today?

[Image from Mrs. Reed on Flickr]

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