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Smart Ways to Stop Rushing and Start Living

By Sandy Schroeder

If rushing has become a way of life for you and your family, it may be time to ask what’s going on?  Why is there never enough time to do what is needed without rushing?

Many of us work extra hours and skip vacations. If we do take a trip we stay in touch with work, checking in. One researcher said, “We have become a society bent on finding out who can rush the fastest and avoid having a heart attack in the process!”

The pace in our society is fairly contagious. People drive fast and walk faster, often tangling with other cars or pedestrians.

Today's Pace

The typical profile is one of speed, clutching your phone and moving on to the next destination and the next demand. Most of us do have a lot to do if we are taking care of a family and working, too. There are pressures to show up, to get the job done, and keep track of kids, laundry and meals. But the constant rush may not be necessary. Psychologists suggest it might be time to slow the process down with a few simple steps that make the journey more enjoyable and just as productive.

Adopt a new philosophy – The idea is to get everything done without rushing. When you start to speed up, remind yourself of this and slow down.

Allow enough time - Work, meals and house cleaning may be on the list, along with reserving time to spend with your kids. When you start to hurry, stop and remember what really counts. Then spread your time out to do everything without rushing. If there’s too much to do, bump some tasks over to the next day instead of turning it into a race.

Monitor your reactions – Do you find yourself walking and talking faster as tasks accumulate? Take a deep breath and stop. Remind yourself living in a constant state of pressure and stress simply is not worth it, and slow down.

Build extra time into events – Start scheduling 50-minute meetings, allowing a 10-minute cushion. List times as 15 minutes earlier than their real start time. See how it feels to get things done without running it down to the wire and arriving out of breath.

Readjust your perspective – Picture your kids five or 10 years from now, and realize a few wasted minutes here and there simply won’t matter when they have grown up. Then concentrate on enjoying the process and making memories as you go.

Down the road you will have some great memories of time savored with your family.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lincoln, Nebr.

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