My back is aching
My belts too tight
My hips are shaking from left to right
Say mmm, mmgowhaw
Gotta get some soul power!
That’s a cheer I did back in high school in 1983. Yep, I was a cheerleader among many other things. I also played soccer, softball, ran track, studied hard during the week, partied hard on Fridays, helped clean house on Saturdays, and rested and visited with family on Sundays. It was a good life recipe that kept things in balance.
Things were pretty simple compared to the way things are these days. The words ‘stressed out’ were not used like a badge of honor, and if you would have said “Internet” to me I probably would have thought you were talking about the inside part of the soccer goal, cause there was no such thing as the World Wide Web.
SLOW IS SEXY!
The big “cool” distractions at that time were listening to music on cassette tapes that you had to rewind (which took FOREVER). I wonder if the young ‘Generation Z’ has even experienced “rewind” in that way?
These days I easily get hooked into the fast-forward lifestyle when I’m not paying attention. And when I do get hooked in, I get stressed out, I put on weight, I become moody, and everything starts to get way out of balance – including my relationships.
It’s a major challenge to slow down and clean up the clutter, noise, and distractions in our life when the fast-forward lifestyle that surrounds us every day can appear to be so sleek and sexy. But if you’re experiencing an aching back, and your belt is too tight, along with chronic stress, and mood swings one of the best ways to reverse those symptoms is to simply S L O W D O W N. That's right - the slow down diet.
For the most part your body likes a slower paced lifestyle with short bursts of fast, but most of us are living a fast paced lifestyle with short bursts of slow.
Are you stuck in Fast-Forward mode?
What can you do to slow things down in your life?