My typical morning routine includes making a green juice for my breakfast and filling two dog toys with dry food so the two active Border Collies have to work for theirs. I usually do this on fast forward. Rush to get the veggies out of the fridge. Rush to rinse them.
Cram the kale leaves and other soft stuff in the juicer before the solid vegetables. Rush to cram the dog kibble into the small opening in the toy with lots of spilling and need to refill the spilled kibble.
One day, I decided to stop the fast forward. I stood at the juicer and slowly put the kale leaves in one by one. As I watched the grinder cold press the leaves into juice, I felt a sense of calm.
There was no need to cram the kale and other vegetables in and struggle to push them down.
One by one, they went in perfectly and hardly needed any pressure at all. I did the same with the dog toys. As I slowly put the kibble in the dog toys, I found it took less time because there was less wastage and spilling. Again, a sense of calm and serenity came over me that I usually don’t experience in the morning rush.
What I discovered that day was that by merely slowing the pace, I had a sense of calm and increased energy. We may not have time every day to stop and literally smell the roses, but if we make an effort to stop rushing, take a deep breath and slow the pace a bit, we’ll probably find we get a lot more done with fewer errors and more moments of calm instead of pressure.
The week after I discovered the benefits of reduced rushing, I saw an interview on TV with a woman who had written a book called Rushing Woman Syndrome. Interesting timing to say the least! Rushing brings health consequences to both men and women. Small steps can lead to big differences.
This week, why not try to notice the times you are rushing and stop, take a deep breath, and slow the pace down just a little. You may be surprised at the momentary sense of calm and refreshment that comes with it. Make it a habit and see how much more you actually achieve and how you end each day more energised than drained.
What specifically might you do? Share your strategies and the results! Remember-the little things are the big things -small steps have big impacts.