You Have to Slow Down to Speed Up

Today I thought we’d take a breather and check in to see if you’ve made taken any of the steps we’ve talked about so far: Adding in veggies and fruits and walking out five minutes and back five minutes.

Have you started doing either? Did you make a plan to get more fresh fruits and vegetables into your daily diet? I understand that this might cause a bit of discomfort, but accomplishing these two things will set you up for success as you move toward a healthier lifestyle. Learning you can achieve a goal, and sustain it, is the key to lasting change.

Simple change doesn’t equate to easy. Any change requires thought and in today’s fast-paced world, our intentions are often crowded out by the mental clutter of the day.

Consider putting yourself first. Do you cringe when you hear that? Do you shut down knowing that there’s no way you can find any time? We often put everything else ahead of our own needs. We take the kids here or there, get meals together, dash to the store for a much-needed item, volunteer, take classes, organize charitable events, attend events for family and friends, take the dog to puppy class, support our parents either by visiting or helping with their needs … All of the above! And I didnslow down’t mention anything related to work and career. YIKES!

I know it’s easier said than done, but when you put ‘me’ time into your life, when you put yourself first and energize yourself through healthy habits, you will find that you have a more positive outlook and more vibrant energy. Nourishing yourself (body, mind and spirit) brings with it unimaginable results. Your words are kinder and more loving, you will have time to listen, and your creativity will be reborn.

I was once in a competitive sport that was scored by speed and accuracy. The most important thing my instructor ever told me was, “You must slow down to speed up.” After that, I was unstoppable, going on to win the state and regional championships. What was the lesson? The more we rush, the less effective our movements. This wasn’t just a sports lesson it was a life lesson. It holds true in every aspect of life.

Find a way to relax into your life. Slow down and take some time for yourself. Trust me, you’ll find you have more time than you thought possible.

Nancy Oglesby, the Practical Health Coach
Simplifying Healthy Lifestyle Changes

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