Here's Why It's So Important To Slow Down
When we spend so much of our lives rushing back and forth between work and play, between responsibilities to friends, employers, family members, and — somewhere in there — ourselves, it’s hard to find a moment to simply be.
Slowing down is important, and yet it’s an often overlooked practice. Here’s why it’s so important to slow down and find a moment of peace for yourself.
Slowing down can positively affect your physical health
When you live in a city where every square inch that surrounds you is comprised of a building, subway or another person (or a group of people!), it can be hard to find space to breath and move and just be.
And although we’re not always able to remove all of our stressors or disconnect and go off the grid at will, finding a few spare moments in your day to connect with your body and enjoy the present can help you in many ways, both emotionally and physically.
When we live such fast-paced and chronically-stressed lives, we tax our bodies in ways we can’t always detect until it’s too late. A body that is chronically stressed — always rushing, always going, never given the rest and nourishment it needs — may enter into a state of adrenal fatigue.
This is a condition in which the adrenal glands are unable to keep pace with the body being in a constant flight or fight mode. It is theorized that when this happens, the body cannot produce the hormones it needs to keep you healthy and functioning at your best. This can lead to everything from fatigue, mood changes, body aches, and more.
Healing it, according to Wendie Trubow, M.D., MBA, requires some a practice in slowing down. You’ll want to eliminate stressors, get mindful about daily self-care, and practice breathing technique like cardiac coherence.
Slowing down allows you to connect your mind and your body
According to Certified AQUAMETHOD® Trainer Lucie Mitchell, who is also a Qualified Biodynamic CranialSacral Therapist, tapping into your breathing and your body is vital:
“You need to be more mindful about noticing what is happening with your body, your breathing, and therefore, your mind. I say in my classes, “Feel this action — don’t just do it, but feel it in your body.”
As Lucie explains, feeling the actions your body is performing gives you a chance to listen to yourself (and learn about yourself). Your body is always giving you clues about its needs, like thirst or the need for movement, and being able to tune into that can help you form lifelong self-care habits that will benefit you.
Getting into the water can help you slow down and trigger your nervous system
“The water is very special in that in addition to providing resistance for a cardio workout as well as weight for strength training, water is constantly caressing the skin — which triggers our nervous system,” Lucie says.
This helps sooth our nervous system, giving the brain a chance to rewire itself away from its constant stressors.
Another amazing way that water helps slow us down? It offers joyful community experience. When we see one another doing something to care for themselves — and when we do the same for ourselves — we teach our brains to recognize joy, restoration, and self-care. When the brain experiences that, it wants more of it.
“In the water, which awakens a very primal, relaxed state for us, [it] makes your whole outlook on life easier,” Lucie said.
To slow down, we recommend taking a STRETCH + MEDITATE or an AQUA RESTORE class. These environments allows your body to move and rest and find calm in a safe and soothing environment.
Outside of the water, experts recommend tackling one task at a time instead of trying to accomplish 100 things at once, finding presence a few times per day (which requires simply breathing and focusing on what’s right in front of you), connecting with your body through regular movement, and taking a pause between tasks. Drink water. Stretch. Breath. Take a walk in nature. And, most importantly, enjoy life while it happens.