Virtue of Slowing Down

It’s bang, slam, go, chop-chop and similar words that denote the fast-paced
frenzy of living in a high expectation society or city. City living is great
with all the virtuous conveniences it offers, so what more could one ask
for?

Well, for me, it’s become draining. Almost as if fast-paced living has
sucked the life out of one’s soul and energy reserves. As if that were not
enough, the thought of all the pent-up frustrations we live with, with no
avenue of release, without anyone thinking you’ve just gone plain bonkers is
enough to drive one up the wall literally and figuratively.

Then comes the question of what such a stressful life does to our bodies. It
is almost as if our emotions become more fragile – we get angry more easily,
we lose our patience with the slightest things, or we plunge into depression
unconsciously, triggering more illnesses and diseases by simply the high
stress levels. I’ve been hearing of stories of cancer occurring in perfectly
healthy individuals with no history of the scary disease in their families.
Do we even realise what our fragile emotions are doing to our bodies? Do we
care enough to do something about it?

Scientific researches have been showing the connection between unhealthy
emotions such as fear and sickness. There are so many different diseases yet
science proves that more than 80% of today’s diseases are connected to
unhealthy emotions.

These emotions are called toxic emotions and create a chemical reaction
within the body that results in all types of sicknesses including multiple
sclerosis, lupus, diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease, and
more. Emotions affect our physical health through the autonomic nervous
system, which controls everything that happens in our bodies except
voluntary movement and conscious thought. The autonomic nervous system has
two parts: the sympathetic division, which prepares us to escape from
threats (the ‘fight or flight’ response) and the para sympathetic division,
which controls things like breathing, circulation and digestion while we get
on with other things. In healthy people these two systems work in harmony.

One of the best ways I have found to help with overwhelming emotions or
nervousness running through the body is to simply slow down and take
ourselves out of the ‘rat-race’ and take our time to simply breathe deeply
(which we often forget to do when we’re all stressed up). Calm your mind and
body with relaxation methods, such as meditation or similar practices. These
are useful ways to bring your emotions into balance. For example, you may do
it by exercising, stretching or breathing deeply when slowing down our
bodies and bring it into a more ‘peaceful state’. For city dwellers, the
biggest challenge is usually making the time to do this. However, I know
that it’s worth the commitment to regularly slow down every few days and
take the time out. This ensures that our emotions are not accumulating in
the toxic manner and we remain healthy in both mind and body.

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