| What to Expect
If your speed comes from anxiety, I suggest approaching the slowing down exercise... slowly. Decreasing your pace will bring up some of the insecurity and alert feelings which normally drive you into action, except now you will not focus them on action, and they will kinda stare you in the face.
If that happens, take your time to deal with this rush of feelings. They will calm down slowly, giving you access to a way more serene you.
The good side of this is that if you have been motivated by anxiety so far, you will finally think twice about the things you want to do, as you will need extra motivation other than your feelings of alertness which need dissipating into something.
General results will show in an improvement in your mood and well-being, relaxation, feeling of being in control and self-caring, feelings of being grounded and more immersed in the activity at hand. You will also feel less exhausted at the end of the day.
It’s okay if you don’t feel like you want to slow down through all your activities. Speed with some things might feel pleasurable. However, bringing slower time into some activities will make you feel like you have arrived home. Like you finally HAVE time to spend on these things. Like you are finally treating yourself well, and you don’t need to keep running.
By slowing down, you are giving yourself the feedback that it is okay to stay here, in the moment, and focus on your work, or enjoy your leisure activity. So give yourself this permission, and enjoy feeling unrushed, and delving deeper into your life again.
Slowing down also sends us good signals about self-confidence: we chose this activity and we trust ourselves with this choice. There is no need to run faster just to get to the next thing, or fit in one more thing. Slowing down lets our brains enjoy the comfort of interacting with what’s in front of us.
See blogpost Slowing time to escape the frantic faster trap.