Living Anxiously Part Five: Living Slowly

“For fast acting relief, try slowing down.”

–Lily Tomlin

This post will be short and sweet because it something I’ve only been learning within the past week. This blog is called Living Romantically, but I think maybe I should change it to Living Slowly. Along with anxiety, comes the feeling of being overwhelmed. Constantly. Sometimes just feeling like there is too much to do can make me incredibly anxious.

To combat this, I’ve started slowing down 10%. If I start to feel anxious about my to-do list, I will take some deep breaths and instead of going at 100% speed, I will go at 90% speed. This has a tremendous impact because not only does it make me move more mindfully (huge plus!), but it helps me to not feel overwhelmed. A switch flips and I realize that my to-do list is not my life (even though it definitely feels that way sometimes!). Life happens in between the checklist and I mean to be there for it, not lost in the checkbox.

I will have to add to this post as time goes on, but it didn’t feel right not to include it because it has been a key for me lately. Maybe I’ll join the Slow Movement! When my day gets so overwhelming I feel like I can’t breathe, I stop, remember to slow it down, and move again. 

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Wow. Thank you so much for coming on this journey with me. It has been very cathartic, if very scary, but receiving the support I have has been so amazing. Thank you all so much and, please, if you have anything to add or any comment at all, leave it below.