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Everyone Tells Me to Slow Down but What Does That Mean?

Everyone Tells Me to Slow Down but What Does That Mean?

When we enter recovery, it is common to feel we have wasted time during those years of addiction. Many times we spent years (even decades) living in a fog. While we may have done things in life we are not proud of, most likely we have not lived up to our full potential so we are eager to get moving. It is not healthy to try and hurry up and make up for ‘lost time,’ because rushing too fast can cause stress, anxiety, and feelings of low self worth. Learn some tips to know if you are moving too fast and how to slow down and enjoy the recovery journey.

Slowing Down is Healthy

It is difficult to enjoy life is you are always in a rush. You might check things off the to-do list but you are really needing to savor those days. One of the most important aspects of recovery is that you are free to enjoy life for each moment and truly have an appreciation for what it offers. You can find pleasure even in the smaller tasks, like taking a shower, getting dressed, or having breakfast. If you are not slowing down, you may rush right past the joy of the present. Pace yourself and ask what you really want.

  • There is plenty of time to do what you want
  • Rushing creates added stress
  • Poor decisions get made when rushing too fast
  • Let go of fear and anxiety

The challenge with wanting to rush past where we are now is because we think the grass is greener somewhere else. Over there, the grass is greener. Over there, the job, relationship, or life situation will look so much different. There is a sense of ease within a person who is able to say life is just about here and now, living in this moment and breathing in what is here for me right now. All is really well right now, there is no need to stress out about what is ahead.

Life can bring lots of difficult choices and decisions. Rushing into things can make it worse. When you honor the process and slow down, you can learn to breathe better and focus on what is most important. Without rush to judgment, you begin to think about what you want more clearly and not what you think you want. Knowing yourself is the only way to move forward in life. Honoring where you are and where you are going will help you stay on the steady path that lies ahead in recovery (and life).

Serenity helps you focus on the here and now. Being present to yourself is the kindest thing you can do. We will help you focus on recovery and life skills. All you have to do is show up and admit the need for help. We will support you in doing the rest. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401