Thursday, October 05, 2006

Slowing Down

I never knew slowing down was going to be so hard for me. My health has demanded that I slow down. I am currently not working and the change of speed is a much harder adjustment than I expected. I have time to paint and work on my art work now. I can get my spring cleaning done. (Yes, I am a bit late on that! lol) I have more time to read, but it seems slowing down is hard for someone as hyper as myself. My friend tells me I will get used to moving at a slower pace. I'm going to see if there are things I can help do at the church, which is something I have always wanted to do. I feel peaceful inside, which is amazing since the disability hasn't come through yet. I have a sense that I'm in the right place doing the right thing for me now. It is just so different! I have time to reflect on what is important in my life: God, friends, and family. Yes the change of pace is different, but is much welcome and needed.


cheesemeister said...

Slowing down is good for the body but I don't do very well at it. I think too much when I slow down.

jumpinginpuddles said...

it takes a while to not feel as though you have to be soemwhere and doing soemthing but once you get there it isnt so bad

Fallen Angels said...

I had the opposite problem when I stopped working, but I had reason for it. :P Major abdominal surgery with mild complications and severe depression make for quite the couch potato! ;) My problem has been picking up speed and mantaining it (for school). I am mildly successful, but after a few weeks I find myself having a very very hard time getting to class...then after a couple days I'm good again! It's very frustrating. I had to work up to it gradually. Maybe you should work up to the slow down gradually also. Maybe make a list of some (non-stressful) things that need doing, with a time you have the structure of a schedule? It could look something like...
8am get up
845 breakfast
930 go for 10 minute walk
10 scheduled computer time
12 lunch with PK...etc

We do this kind of thing when on school breaks because it is way too easy to fall into the do nothing, see no one, get very depressed rut. The important thing is to not get stressed if you don't do everything on your list or you don't do something at the time it says. I don't know if this will help, but it definitely helps us with the opposite problem. ((((wanda))))