Mission: Slow time

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Challenge

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| Concept

We tend to move faster, thinking that fast movement will enable us achieve to more things, when in fact it makes us feel exiled out of our own life. Slowing down allows us to be comfortable in the things that we do. It also makes us feel that we care about ourselves, and respect our inner rhythms.

Slowing down allows us to get really involved in what we do, to really taste it and feel it.

For the anxious ones of us, this can prove quite a challenge, and quite a few setbacks can be encountered when trying to establish this as a habit. It is though all worth it in terms of well-being and feeling we have enough time.

We will work on slowing down your pace, and keeping you aware of the pace you work on. Too fast a pace can happen both at work and home, or during recreational times, from some desire to grab as much as you can get. If things are too fast for your attention or for you doing them comfortably though, you won't be getting as much joy and deep savoring as you can get. Going faster makes us lose the reality of the experience, transforming it into a shadow or a sketch of the real thing.

Let’s slow down now, and enjoy the luxury of actually living in the time we are given.

| 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.

| Challenge

1. Choose an activity you will slow down in. This activity can be at work or at home. You can also choose certain hours of the day.

2. Mark the slow time hours or activities in a special way - either by using a different color, or a piece of text that reminds you of your promise.

3. Engage with that slow time repeatedly, experiencing the rewards slowness brings, and finding the most comfortable speed for you.

| Setting Challenge Steps

Select how many times you wish to practice the skills in this challenge in order to build a habit around them.

After completing this challenge you will gain skills and earn a badge for your profile.

I will practice this exercise times.
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