Recently I sent out an article looking at the negative effects of a favorite American pastime: r-u-s-h-i-n-g. It addressed the fact that perpetual rushing causes the body to constantly secrete adrenaline and cortisol, the results of which can be seen in many of the chronic diseases plaguing Americans today.
In addition to eating well, it’s imperative that we take a good, hard look at our symptoms and disease processes. Is every symptom or diagnosis the result of a poor diet, negative thinking or chronic stress? No, not necessarily. However, since it might apply in some way or another to a good number of us, I think it’s high time we start addressing the roots of our problems; instead of the unfortunate symptoms they produce.
I’ve started doing things differently in my own life, so I thought I’d throw out a few suggestions to help you maintain peace amidst the pace of everyday life:
- Start thinking about what you’re doing. Do you really need to rush or do it as fast as you think you “need” to? Remember the old saying: Slow and steady wins the race.
- If you’ve taken my 8 week seminar series, you might remember the first session when we talked about planning out the day by “Mastering Your Morning”:
- Set your alarm clock and get up when it actually goes off….i.e., disassemble the snooze button to avoid running late…before you even get going.
- Start the day slowly by beginning with meditation, prayer and deep breathing. Think of everyone and everything you are grateful for. Go one step further once you get the hang of this and meditate/pray throughout the day.
- Plan out your day by making a checklist of everything that needs to get done. Start with the most important things first and go from there.
- Prepare headache-free dinners ahead of time. Throw something in the crockpot that simmers all day long and is ready by the time you get home from work.
- Set realistic expectations. Don’t try to fit in more than your day actually allows for. In other words, try to avoid over-scheduling yourself and/or your family members. Consider how many activities you or your family are involved in and evaluate what might be overdoing it. Are these activities necessary? Are they enriching your life or your family’s? Or, are they creating more stress than they’re worth by stretching you too thin?
- Avoid working right up until bedtime. Using the bedroom for activities other than sleeping (and well, you know) can cause sleeplessness. Take time to wind-down prior to crawling into bed and allow your mind to have a little peace and quiet before trying to fall asleep.
- Remind yourself throughout the day to SLOW DOWN! Spell the word “s-l-o-w” in your mind throughout the day and apply it to the rate at which you walk and drive from place to place. In fact, see if you can do the impossible and drive the actual speed limit. Before you roll your eyes, give it a whirl. You might be surprised to see how different you feel when you’re not rushing to get somewhere!
If feeling chronically rushed describes your current lifestyle, try implementing some of these suggestions to decrease the pace and increase your peace.
Providing your body with whole, nutritious food is important, but so is living a balanced life you can keep up with and enjoy at the same time.
If hurry sickness is causing you to feel like you’re just barely surviving versus joyfully thriving, then perhaps it’s time to change your plate and what’s on it as well.
Pun definitely intended :).