Four things that need to be done slowly

Our lives are very fast. And many things we can and should do quickly to be efficient. There are, however, a few things that should NOT be done quickly.

  1. Breathing- Get in to the habit of paying attention to your breathing. When you are sitting at red lights, or on hold on the phone or waiting in a doctor’s office, practice breathing slowly and deeply. I have difficulty falling asleep, and when I am lying there, I will breath in and out very deeply and slowly. It helps to slow my brain and my body down.
  2. Eating- Most people eat way too fast. This is not good for several reasons. The first is because you are not giving your body time to register that you are full and so you may overeat. The second reason is because you are not enjoying or really tasting the food you are eating. Take a bite, put your fork down and slowly chew. Pay attention to the flavors and textures of your food.
  3. Spending time with your loved ones – This is across several levels. Pay attention to your little ones. Listen to them. Your aging parents will not be around forever, take time to listen to them and hear their stories. Don’t rush the time you have with your mate, whether it is taking a nap, eating a meal or something a little more intimate.
  4. Weight bearing exercises – Whether you are doing squats or bicep curls, don’t use your momentum of doing the movements fast to complete the move. It doesn’t do you much good to do so. Make your moves slow and deliberate, using your muscles to actually complete the move. If you are going to exercise, you want to get the full benefit, don’t you?

Learn to SLOW DOWN! Think about what you are doing and be intentional about it!

My post at Prime Parents Club this week addresses a problem of economic proportions. NO SLEEP!

Technology and the NO SLEEP Epidemic

Woman Sleeping on Computer

Some other posts this week that you might like to check out-

A great post over at Everyday Bright – How to Quit Your Job Even when You Are Scared Out of Your Mind

Over at Simple Mom - Want to work from home? Word smart not just  hard

And, if you missed my post I wrote earlier this week STOP TELLING ME WHAT TO DO! you don’t want to miss it! It is about being tired of society dictating how we live our lives.

Hope you have an AWESOME weekend!

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28 comments to Four things that need to be done slowly

  • Ann

    Nice post – good reminders. A few other downsides of eating too quickly – less digestive and metabolic power. Your brain drives digestion and metabolism and it needs to be involved in the eating process, which can only happen if you slow down and pay attention.

    Ahh, I’ve already taken some nice deep breaths since I read your post.

    - Ann
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    bernicewood Reply:

    Yes, eating slowly provides MANY benefits! Another that I thought of that is included in this.. drinking coffee, at least that first cup in the morning! Drink it in slowly and inhale its fragrant steam!

  • Hey Bernice!

    I’m thrilled and honored that you featured my guest post for Jen’s blog on yours! It was great to “see” you in the comments too!

    Thanks also for highlighting all of these awesome stories, and most of all, for being your awesome self!

    bernicewood Reply:

    Hi Stacey!
    Thanks so much for coming over to visit!

  • So true. I’m guilty of eating waaaayyyy too fast in order to get to baseball games.
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    bernicewood Reply:

    LOL! My husband used to work a job where he only had 10 minute breaks every 2 hours. he learned to eat FAST! That was 20 years ago and he STILL eats fast!

  • Clicked over from Single Dad Laughing and the whole idea of slowing down has really been on my mind for the last few months. . .now, just to get myself to do it!
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    bernicewood Reply:

    That’s great that you want to slow down! Don’t get overwhelmed with it, though. Pick one or two areas to slow down, and work on those first. Then pick something else. Before you know it, you will realize you are a little more calm and you are enjoying the things around you a bit more!

  • Jan

    Great ideas. I read a book a couple of years ago called “In Praise of Slow”. As in everything reading the book did not make me slow down. Slowing down takes discipline, work. And each time I read more about it, I try harder to make it a part of my life.
    Thanks for the timely post,
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    bernicewood Reply:

    Jan, even when we do make progress to slow down in our lives, there are seasons and events that pop up and cause us to rev up that motor again and start scurrying around again! It does take discipline and intention!
    Thanks for the comment!

    Jan Reply:

    We finished discussing chapter 4 of Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand gifts. It’s title is The Sanctuary of Time. Even in the bustle of life, we can slow down time by taking the moment to thank God – in doing this we actually get more time – time does slow down and we live in the abundance of that moment. It sounds crazy but it is true. Ann also says that life is not an emergency and that helps me remember to breathe in each moment.
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  • Great posts. These are good reminders for all of us. I think we get so caught up in the rat race of life we forget to slow down on many of the important things in our lives.
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    bernicewood Reply:

    I loved that you used the term rat race. We use this saying a lot, but it really is a great visual for our lives today! Think of the rats in the maze racing to get to the end!
    Thanks for stopping by!

  • Hi, Bernice

    Great article. It is indeed necessary to breathing slowly. It will reduce your stress and let you relax for several seconds. And I think it’s good for the body metabolism. Thanks for sharing this. And don’t forget to breath slowly :)
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    bernicewood Reply:

    Thanks for dropping by Andrew, and for your comment!

  • Hi Bernice,
    I love this – it’s exactly where I am these days! First balancing my work and play and second, as you said so well, slowing myself DURING work and play so that I enjoy them both rather than race through them!
    Great suggestions. Thank you!

    bernicewood Reply:

    You know it is so important that we learn to pay attention to our surroundings. Even if we are doing something we don’t love to do, there are things about it we can appreciate. Good for you for enjoying your work, it is a part of life!

  • liz

    We actively try to go slow with eating. It can be such a habit!
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    bernicewood Reply:

    I started thinking, several of my grandkids eat slow. Where in life do we make that transition from eating SO SLOW to shoving everything down as fast as we can? Hmmm.

  • What a simple and lovely post Bernice! I’m totally guilty of eating too fast. I got in the habit when my oldest was a baby, and now that I have a toddler, I feel that I have to eat fast so I can intercept the thrown food and clean up the mess. :/ It’s not ideal, and it’s one area where I look forward to slowing down again…someday. :)
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    bernicewood Reply:

    This is a problem I don’t have. I am always the last one done at the table! My problem is that I am not mindful at all when I am eating. I am usually doing something else while I am eating, so I don’t pay much attention to what I am eating. The one for sure exception to this is when I am eating tiramisu. I definitely savor every bite of it!

  • Hi Bernice,
    It is a very nice and informative post.You shared good points that we have to done slowly.Thanks for the tips.
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  • I really have hard ways to fall asleep maybe because of the stress in my daily activities. I will follow your advice by breathing inhale-exhale I can be more relaxed and can sleep. Well, thanks a lot.
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  • Here’s another thing to do slower in this super consumerist, in-debt society: buying decisions. Take them slower, sleep on it, pause. Amazing what you don’t really need to get!

  • Here, here RT @womanonajourney: Life is going so FAST but here are 4 things that need to be done S L O W L Y ~