For Fast-Acting Relief, Slow Down
By Donna Kostiew
Both of my daughters sustained severe enough injuries that their days being involved with sports are over. And I miss it. I miss most everything about it … the drives to practices and games, the excitement while watching them play, the search for shade on those 100-plus degree days and the bundling up under layers and layers of blankets when it got cold. Our lives are a little bit slower now, and although I would do anything to take their injuries away and see them play again, I am secretly glad about our new lifestyle.
We aren’t busy anymore. We aren’t going from work/school to home, to the car where they would change, eat dinner, and try to cram in some homework, to practice, then to the other’s practice, then back for pickup, then home where schoolwork was finished, late night snacks were eaten, showers were taken, and some sleep was to be had only to do the same exact thing the next day.
We are able to breathe now. We have experienced what so many experts have been saying … reap the benefits of slowing down, that staying too busy can be dangerous to our health and sanity.
When we are too busy we tend to:
- Eat poorly
- Exercise less
- Lose touch with loved ones
- Become less involved with the community
- Get sick more often
- Experience exhaustion and heightened levels of stress
So, can we all just admit that we have a problem? Can we stop subscribing to the hype and quit glorifying the act of staying ‘busy’? We can’t keep up with it all for very long before one component of our lives takes a fall. We’re tired. We start to wear out. Our souls have been run ragged and something needs to change.
Now don’t take this the wrong way and start pulling your children from all of their activities so that your family can stay home and play Rummikub every night. That may not be the answer, and only you and your family can decide what the answer is, but I bet it will start with adding some balance.
Answers For Busy People
Here are some ways to slow down and add some silence to your noisy life.
- Set aside specific family time, not including the time you are on the sidelines
- Put your phone down and sit in silence during those fragments of time you are waiting in lines, at red lights, or during your child’s practices
- And while your phone is away, talk to someone face to face
- Invest in your health and improve your diet by cooking real foods
- Add some extra time to sleep
Change is not easy, but it is possible. Talk with your family about reassessing priorities and decluttering your lives. Learn to create, discover, share, and give more as a family. It will be a beautiful thing.
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