Years ago, when there was a time change, we would change the time manually, but not by pushing a button. There was a tactile involvement required; we moved the hands gently into position, or we gingerly pulled the tiny metal knob on our wristwatch, just until we heard that click indicating we could now rotate the hands to the correct time.
Now our mobile phones, televisions, and other devices, change time almost without us even noticing.
How has that had an effect on you? While we used to be more mindful of things like that, we no longer have to think about it. I remember the feel of rotating those hands on my watch. It was a thoughtful process. Our electronic, fast-paced world is making us more automated as well. We work harder, keep longer hours, connected 24/7 thanks to technology. We talk fast, move fast, drive fast, and eat fast food. I think we’ve almost forgotten how to slow down.
Even in the workday, it is completely possible to take a moment for a deep breath or stretch. It’s so hard to convince people of that, though. Ask yourself, “What is the worst thing that will happen if I slow down for a minute, or even 30 seconds?” Just for tomorrow, turn your clock slowly. Allow yourself to get up and stretch. Go for a short walk outside. Try a counting breath, (what I call the 10 second meditation): Inhale to the count of 5, then exhale to the count of 5. Read an inspirational quote. Doodle on a piece of paper. Make an effort to be mindful of the food you eat, and plan your day so you don’t have to rush as much. Do all or any of the above, but try it.
Don’t let time pass you by without noticing. Reducing stress, learning to balance work and play, and finding time just for you, is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.
To your health and happiness,
Tami Racaniello, Workplace Wellness Expert & Health EmPOWERment Coach