Today I did something rather unusual for me. I grabbed my green tea, slowed down and went for a leisurely stroll around the park beside my work. Instead of rushing to the washroom to change into my running gear, rushing through a 5 to 10 k run, then rushing to get changed and inhale my lunch, I slowed down and really enjoyed the beauty of nature:
Walking isn’t something this Type A does very often. I rarely slow down – everything is always go, go, go. Get up, get dressed, eat breakfast, drive the kids to school and daycare, commute to work, work, workout, work some more, commute home, pick up the kids, cook & eat dinner, take the kids to their sport of the night, come home, give the kids baths, put them to bed, hangout on facebook, go to bed. That’s my life. Zen… what’s that?
In our busy lives we often forget the role that slowing down plays. We know that rest helps us recover and progress, but do we truly rest? Working through a lunch break instead of going for our workout is not truly rest. Cleaning the house on a Saturday morning instead of doing our long run is also not truly rest. Stress and the stress hormone builds up in our bodies. To let that go we need to do something truly relaxing and rejuvenating, like meditating, writing in a gratitude journal, calling a friend, having a good laugh, or even by taking a SLOW walk, being sure stop and smelling the flowers.
Life is fast enough without us making it faster. While exercise is fantastic, we all need to step back and truly rest every once in a while. If we don’t, we may be forced to by stress. Stopping should be our own choice.