8 Reasons To Slooow Down
5. Slow down to boost your energy.
Living at a frenetic tempo leads you to breathe in shallow, stressed gulps,
depriving your brain and body of sufficient oxygen, a key source of energy. The
result: constant exhaustion and anxiety, says Luskin.
How to take it slow: Count to four while inhaling through
your nose, then count backward from four to one while exhaling through your
mouth. Pay attention to your belly — it should rise as you breathe in and fall
as you slowly breathe out. Practice this every day, whenever you can remember
(at your desk, in the shower — or in that line at the post office). It can help
improve oxygen intake, lower your blood pressure, and amp up your energy
6. Slow down to get ahead at work.
Hurrying to finish projects at work, scheduling back-to-back meetings, and
constant multitasking not only kill employees' creativity but also reduce their
productivity, according to studies published in the Harvard Business
Review. So much fast-moving activity allows no time for reflection (the
source of creative solutions) and increases the odds that your work will be
sloppy or that you'll make mistakes.
How to take it slow: Swap frenzied activity for focused
action: Ask yourself, What should I do first? to determine which project is
most important, then tackle it — and fight the tendency to jump back and forth
between it and other to-do's. "Keep your eyes on the goal and you'll be
able to give each task the time and attention required," says Jan Jasper, a
productivity consultant in New York City. As an added perk, you'll have a
greater sense of accomplishment at the end of the day and probably feel a whole
lot calmer, too. You'll finish one or two tasks completely, rather than get
four or five things partially done — which only leaves unfinished business
hanging over your head.
7. Slow down for better fitness.
More and faster crunches and biceps curls aren't the key to greater
strength, endurance, or calorie burning, according to a Journal of Sports
Medicine study. In fact, women who did resistance-training two to three
times per week using a superslow protocol (10 seconds lifting, four seconds
lowering) had a 50 percent greater increase in strength after eight weeks
compared with those who pumped iron at the normal, faster pace (two seconds up,
four seconds down).