On the freeway, dude in the pick-up behind me talks on his cellphone, snarfs a sandwich, and tailgates like we’re attached until I leave the lane.
Downtown, woman in high heels texts while j-strutting through frantic traffic.
At the supermarket, suburban Momma barks at her bluetooth while ignoring her kids and budging to the front of the 10-item line (with 22 groceries in her cart).
Just another day, right? Does anybody ever catch up, slow down and smell the fall colors any more?
5 ways to stop rushing
In the morning, upon waking up, stay in bed a while, and decide to do something (that isn’t on your to-do list) soothing that day.
Mid-morning, go outside for a walk, bike ride, or any other exercise bit.
At lunch, before you munch, give thanks, and remember the many that are hungry.
In the afternoon, when you’re feeling sleepy anyway, take a silence break—meditation, catnap, siesta; doesn’t really matter what you call it.
Before bed, unplug and play some mellow music, or just listen to some if you’re musically challenged.
As for me, the days that I don’t do some of those things (among other ‘habits’) are the days that feel lost—no matter how much I accomplished.
Seems modern-day survival relies on speedy multitasking.
But how much of that obsession actually amounts to anything? How can we so value productivity yet admit we dislike our jobs, go deeper in debt, and suffer from crippling unemployment? Wouldn’t it be great to recalibrate our collective priorities?
Maybe we’d use our time differently. Maybe we’d take our time—literally—now and then.
Big-time BreakAways can wait. But small-time breaks always await—and demand far less energy than they give back.