We could all take a cue from my buddy Bill. He’s a great
fisherman and finds the streams at Bennett Springs, Missouri to be a great place to slow down life.
By Jim, Our "Senior" Contributor
Ok, the holidays are past, winter is slowly fading into spring, and it is time to think about slowing down a bit to reset our focus on wellness. You may have been cooped up with the cold winter, had difficulty getting around, wondering where your money went, or still recuperating from the demands of holiday visitors. As we age the many hormonal and body changes can lead to weight gain, fat where we don’t want it, loss of muscle mass, and should I again mention stress.
Almost all the medical professionals emphasize the health positives of exercise. The type, amount, how often, and extent varies with study, doctor, and researcher, regardless the benefits have been proven time and time again. Added to this, a number of medical professionals even preach against the concept of “more exercise and less eating” form of weight management. The idea is not to add stress in a routine that can already have stress and anxiety in it. Do that exercise, enjoy a good meal, and even take more rest, especially if we find ourselves always behind on schedules.
Slowing down lets us have time to really look at how we are doing. Is it our ego that is pushing us to always be on the run, caring for the demands of another, suffering from the “always saying yes” syndrome, or feeling guilty if we target and commit only to our own well-being? Many medical professionals recommend backing out of the hurrying mode to take time for needed self awareness of ourselves and an evaluation of any changes that would be to “our” health benefit. Besides being aware of what our bodies are saying to us (do things feel right?), we can look at how we react to what others might be telling us about our health – such as their possible remarks like “it’s like you’re always on a treadmill,” or “take it easy.” Just think of these as guidance messages.
In slowing down, smell the “fun” roses – those that lead us to be positive and to laugh, even at our own mistakes, and to take pride in other’s successes. Take up that hobby but DO NOT sandwich it into an already “too busy” schedule. Didn’t you read the above paragraphs? Relax and plan that healthy next meal. In between, hydrate, and build a consistent exercise routine. If medical guidance in creating that exercise routine is warranted, talk to your doctor. Work at being good to yourself – a movie out, a massage, that short flower’s tour you have been planning, and those occasional naps. Maybe the new solution is to do less. Instead, go slower but actively work toward that healthier you.