As a college student, I spend most of my time running from class to class, trying to get things done in the fastest way possible, and often missing out on things that I may have noticed if I learned to slow down a little bit. I’ve been thinking about this for a while now and I have come to the conclusion that we live in a world that is stuck in fast-forward. We are obsessed with speed, cramming more and more into less and less time. We fail to notice the toll it takes on our everyday lives—our health, our work, and our relationships. Sometimes it takes a wake up call to realize that we are living our lives in a hurry.
Is it possible or even desirable to slow down?
There is the common notion that with time, you either use it or lose it—our days are a ticking clock and we are racing to beat it by accomplishing so much in such a short period of time. I have come to find that slowing down at the right moments results in a higher quality of life and a deeper connection with the mind and body. We can all get more pleasure from slowness if we give ourselves the chance to recognize its importance in our daily lives.
Everyone is looking for a “quick fix” for their health, their diet, and their exercise. You should not feel the need to find a quick fix for your life! This time crunch affects everyone—from young children to adults. LESS can be MORE. I believe that we will get more out of our days if we put the brakes on in life to enjoy and savor our daily activities—to give ourselves the ability to slow down and “smell the roses” as my dad taught me many years ago.
Why is it so hard to slow down?
Well, speed is exciting and it is often the distraction many of us are looking for in order to avoid dealing with things that take more time or issues that would otherwise force us to dig deeper and solve personal problems.
Since 9 months ago (when I began this lifestyle), my outlook on life has completely reinvented itself. In relation to my passion for health and wellness, my main focus here is allowing yourself to eat slowly and mindfully. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! Eating slowly undeniably gives you better digestion and prevents you from over-eating. Most people over-eat because they are too caught up in everything else going on around them or they are thinking of everything they have to accomplish by the end of the day. This is why fast food is so popular—grab and go, on the run food does not have the chance to be properly chewed in your mouth, which cuts off the satiation signals to the brain, causing you to over-eat or consume things that you know aren’t nutritious for your body!
What can I do about it?
The next time you’re running around, take a minute to think about what you are doing and if it is possible to slow down just a little bit and enjoy life that much more (and mindfully chew on your food and think about what you are putting into your body)!
Slowing down is a CHOICE that you can make and a gift that you can give yourself!
This is a post by Ashley Hampton (PumpUp:@rawincollege), a college student looking to spread the power of the raw vegan lifestyle through her positive posts and vibrant photos. Check out her blog.