How slowing down your life will make you healthier & happier

>> Fast living will ruin your life<<

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You might think everything around you is too slow, but in reality, your life is too fast. You’ll probably think about the amount of minutes this article will take to read. Close it, if you don’t have the time.

Your life is too fast…

When was the last time you were slowing down? Where you only did one task at the time, not multiple ones?

I don’t say you have to do this all the time, but trying to optimize every second you spend is too much. Life is what happens while you try to optimize it. More people realize this every single day and the ‘slow movement’ is growing.

Fast Food. 

Your life is too fast when it comes to food. You eat fast and processed food and the only ones who benefit are the producers.

People are starting to cook again. They stop eating fast food. 2015 was the first year in McDonalds’ history where they closed more restaurants than they opened. Maybe you’re among those people who realized that “fast food” will make you sick. Fast food is not only the stuff you get at fast food joints, but basically, everything that’s packaged, processed and “ready to eat”. Slowing down your food will make you healthier. 

Cook, at least, one meal a week or a day. Don’t eat junk food. 

Fast Eating.

Your life is too fast when it comes to eating. You don’t take your time while eating and overeat as a result. You don’t appreciate the process of eating because it’s just “eating”.

Not only your food is too fast, but also the process of eating. You are probably eating in a hurry at your desk or even in your car, because “you don’t have time”. Your stomach needs at least 20 minutes to send a signal to your brain that it’s full. Slowing down your eating will make you more relaxed and will also help you lose weight.

Slow down while eating. Focus on your food. Don’t do anything else besides eating. Invite friends and share a meal.

Fast breathing.

Your life is too fast when it comes to breathing. Your breaths are shallow and you don’t get enough oxygen in your cells as a consequence.

Even our breathing is affected by this fast lifestyle. Most of us don’t breathe correctly and we tend to get too little oxygen in our body, so our breathing becomes irregular. Slowing down your breathing will improve your oxygen saturation in your body and improve your heart function.

Take deep regular breaths. Do some breathing exercises. In 4 – hold 7 – out 8. Repeat four times.

Fast clothing.

Your life is too fast when it comes to clothing. H&M, Primark, Century 21 are just a few examples. Every few weeks there is a new collection to satisfy your thirst for fast change. Again, the only ones who benefit are the producers.

I don’t get it. Why is there a new ‘collection’ coming out every few weeks? I’ve seen Youtube videos where teenage girls report about the clothes they bought and sometimes they show an item that they “ will probably never wear”. This is just stupid. Slow down your shopping. Some people wear only one outfit for an entire year and the results they report are amazing. Buy long lasting clothes; don’t throw them away after a few weeks or months. Buy quality instead of quantity. Slowing down your clothing will save you money and reduce your decisions regarding your wardrobe.

Only buy clothes you’ll wear regularly. If you’re up for a challenge don’t buy clothes at all.

Fast information.

Your life is too fast when it comes to information. You’re addicted to your phone. We all are. Your attention span is getting shorter and you probably can’t even read ten pages in a book without checking your phone. You’re checking the news all the time, but why? Most people just do it, without thinking.

The news is the ultimate form of fast information. I hate the news. Normally I’m trying not to hate anything, but every time I read any news article I literally feel the negativity in my body, (maybe it’s just me). Afterward, I’m either stressed or anxious about all the “negative events” that are happening in this world right now. That’s why I’ve stopped reading the news almost two years ago. This makes me much more productive and happy. Slowing down your information will make you happier and more productive.

Stop watching the news and see how you feel. You don’t need to be updated all the time.

Fast technology.

Your life is too fast when it comes to technology. Yes, technology is advancing, but getting a new phone every single year? Are you kidding me? My phone is three years old and it works fine. Yes sometimes it’s a bit slow, but who cares! The only one who benefits? The phone producers.

I don’t know if that’s just me, but I think it’s ridiculous to buy a new phone every year. Why would I spend a couple hundred of dollars to get a new one that does exactly the same? I’d rather have no phone than a new phone, it’s too distracting anyway. Improvements in technology are great, but throwing away stuff that works is unnecessary. Slowing down your technology will make you less addicted to it. 

Stop looking for the newest gadgets. You don’t need them. Keep your electronics as long as you can or get rid of them, without replacing them. They’re distracting you from the real stuff.

Fast success.

Your life is too fast when it comes to success. You only see the ‘overnight success’ of famous entrepreneurs, but you don’t see the thousands of hours of works they put into that success. Consistency is king. If you can’t commit to something for more than 6 months or a year, you shouldn’t even start.

There is no overnight success. You have to put in the work like everybody else has to. I’ve learned this the hard way. Consistency and patience are the keys when it comes to success. I hope I’ll be patient and consistent enough to experience success someday. Yes, you can work hard every day, but you can’t force success. Slowing down your success will prevent you from giving up. 

Find something you want to do and do it consistently. Give your best and do the work, but stay patient. I’m not saying relax all day. Work hard and create things of value.

Fast dating.

Your life is too fast when it comes to dating. Swipe, swipe, swipe, match. How are you going to build a connection with another person, if you want to know whether she’s the one after one date? Building a relationship takes time. You can’t speed that up.

I have a good friend who had several hundred tinder matches. Sometimes I envied him, but then he talked to me and told me that all those matches won’t make him happy and I agreed. It’s just another form of superficial fast living. He deleted tinder. I don’t say tinder is bad and I think you can build a lasting relationship with people you meet there, as another friend of mine did. Unfortunately, your brain gets rewired. It needs the fast pleasure you get from every ‘match’ instead of the slow pleasure you get from a good relationship with ups and downs. Slowing down your dating will help you build a lasting relationship. 

Slow down your dating. Talk to a person instead of jumping into bed with her on the first date.

I’ll stop here. You get my point. Slowing down your life can improve it tremendously.

If you enjoy the fast life, then continue living it, but remember that there is a slow life as well. Don’t think just because everybody lives fast, it’s the right thing to do. You have to experiment and test to find out what’s best for you.

Instead of trying to speed up all the essentials like eating, sleeping & breathing, stop wasting time on things like Facebook, Twitter or in front of the TV.

It’s like with your diet. Throw out the bad stuff first and then optimize the good stuff.

Slowing down your life, will make you healthier and happier in the long run.

You know the enemy of fast? Quality. Because real quality takes time.

If you aim for quality, you’ll slow down automatically.

Having fast success, fast food, and a fast life is a trap. We all fall into it from time to time. We want everything to go faster, but in the end, we end up with nothing. No success, no health, no life.

Currently, I’m writing one post each week and I’m thinking about speeding up this process to two times a week. I should only increase the speed if I want to get more practice, but not because I want to be successful faster. 

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