WANT TO SLOW DOWN?

Friday - - Your Life -

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.

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