WANT TO SLOW DOWN?
In his book, Carl advises the following tips to slow down.
Avoid the cult of doing everything faster. Avoid answering work calls outside core working hours. Walk or cycle to work instead of driving.
Take holidays when needed. Avoid checking emails during your vacation.
There is a trend called downshifting, which means swapping a highpressure, high-earning, high-tempo lifestyle for a more relaxed, less consumerist existence. In other words, downshifters are willing to forgo money in return for time and slowness.
Take your time to have a proper lunch instead of eating at your desk. You will feel more relaxed and be more productive.
Cut back your working hours. The trend in Europe is having fewer working hours per week and enjoying more leisure.
Sometimes, we need to find the time to just sit in a chair, close our eyes and just relax. In the high-speed workplace, we are all under pressure to think quickly. The brain can work wonders in high gear. But it will do so much more if given the chance to slow down from time to time.
Research has shown that people think more creatively when they are calm, unhurried and free from stress.
Reading and book clubs, painting, sculpting, and listening to or playing music are excellent leisure activities, along with gardening and knitting.
Socialise. ‘Spending more time with friends and family costs nothing,’ says Carl. ‘Nor does walking, cooking, meditating, reading or eating dinner at the table instead of in front of the TV. Resisting the urge to hurry is free.
Engage with Slow Food Dubai. The first Slow Food Convivium in the region launched here in April 2013, and aims to raise awareness of good, clean and fair food, by eating seasonally, locally and supporting local farmers. They issue the Snail of Approval, for local businesses dedicated to the Slow ethos. The group is volunteer-run (all volunteers must be registered members). Find out about annual fees via info@ slowfooddubai.org.