We are used to living at a fast pace: do a dozen things a day, cope with an endless stream of information and a host of notifications popping up on your phone every hour. And while some are quite comfortable in this mode, for others the endless race only causes stress and anxiety. Thanks to the latter, the so-called slow movement even appeared, that is, a movement for slowness and regularity, which calls for looking for an individual pace. Even if you do not share the principles of a "slow" approach to life, there is always a reason to wonder if you are stuck in an endless race. We figure out if it's time to slow down.
You eat on the run (and don't watch what you eat)
Slow Food is arguably the oldest part of the all-around movement, dating back to the late eighties. Slow Food activists advocate support and development of a meaningful approach to food: against fast food, for local production, tasty and balanced food, the preparation of which is not harmful to nature. Even if you are not ready to think about how the contents of your plate affect the planet, the principles of "slow" eating can still come in handy.
First of all, the diet should be balanced and varied. Alas, these are the principles we are most often willing to sacrifice for the sake of speed. Although there is no evidence that watching TV or working at a computer interferes with digestion, it cannot be said that it does not affect our health at all. Having been distracted by something, it is easy to mechanically continue to eat even after the feeling of hunger is gone - so it is worthwhile to listen to your own body and sensations more often.
It is also worthwhile to be more aware of what you eat. This, of course, is not about making a three-course dinner every night instead of sleeping, which you will take to the office in the morning. Just try to eat as much as possible and reduce the amount of trans fats and hidden sugar in your diet as much as possible.
You do a bunch of things at the same time
In an effort to get more done faster, many of us act radically and tackle several things at the same time. Unfortunately, research suggests that multitasking doesn't actually help us become more productive: instead of brilliantly doing two things at the same time, we just switch between one and the other, sometimes so quickly that we don't even notice it. And if combining ironing with watching a TV series can be simple, then answering work mail during a meeting, you risk not coping with either the first or the second. This is the case when, in the name of productivity, it is worth listening to the old adage - the quieter you drive, the further you will be.
You are irritable
We have already discussed that stress can manifest itself in subtle symptoms, such as problems with sleep or digestion. One of the important signs that you should pay special attention to your condition is irritability. If you feel like you’re on edge all the time, or start to notice that you’re angry about little things that you wouldn’t have noticed before, you may be overwhelmed and it’s time to take a break. Remember that irritability can speak not only of stress, but also of health problems - so, if necessary, it makes sense to also consult a specialist: a neurologist and an endocrinologist.
You even have an active rest
There is nothing wrong with planning our weekend carefully - after all, many of us only have time and energy for big events on Saturday and Sunday. The main thing is not to forget in the process, in fact, to rest. We have already said that the principle "the best rest is a change of activity" and an attempt to benefit from every free minute can lead to exactly the opposite result: instead of gaining strength, you may feel exhausted and tired.No wonder: active recreation, like business, takes away resources and strength.
Psychologist Sandy Mann notes that it is good for everyone to get bored from time to time - to dream and let thoughts flow calmly from one to another, without concentrating on urgent matters. If this is not your option (very few people really manage to do nothing for several hours in a row), try paying attention to slow hobbies like embroidery or pottery - the main thing is not to set yourself productivity goals, but to relax and calmly enjoy the process.
Your schedule is full
to the limit
In big cities, the road to work alone and meetings can take an hour and a half - it's not surprising that many of us find that the planner is scheduled several weeks in advance. In planning, of course, there is nothing wrong - it is only important not to drive yourself, trying to be in time as much as possible.
This also includes the habit of immediately choking down any pause that arises, whether it's the evening after work, which you decide to devote to reading useful books for work, the habit of checking emails while you brush your teeth for two minutes in the morning, or the decision to immediately wash the stove while dinner warms up at microwave. Productivity is great, but if you feel like you can't stop in the flow of things, it might be a wake-up call.
It's hard for you to concentrate
We are accustomed to explaining the inability to concentrate on one thing for a variety of reasons: laziness, procrastination, clip thinking, and anything else. But sometimes the explanation for all this is in stress and overload. If you find it difficult to concentrate, your thoughts jump, and a simple working solution takes many times longer than usual, you should take a closer look at your own routine and to-do list - perhaps, in the pursuit of getting more done and faster, you overestimated your capabilities.
You do everything quickly
The habit of not wasting time helps many: it will come in handy both at work and outside it (is there anything in the world that pleases more than getting rid of the cleaning quickly?). Still, there are situations when faster does not mean better - sometimes the desire to accelerate drives us to a pace that is difficult to maintain. Walking from one place to another quickly, finishing lunch in five minutes is all okay if you are on the run and need to get things done as quickly as possible.
However, if you don't remember the last time you spent more than five to seven minutes on food, it may be time to think about whether you set your pace too fast. This also includes the (dangerous) habit of crossing the road at a red light, and the desire to press the elevator button every second until it finally rises to the desired floor - think, will these thirty saved seconds radically change the course of your day?
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