5 Benefits of Slowing Down in Life

“The great benefit of slowing down is reclaiming the time and tranquility to make meaningful connections-with people, with culture, with work, with nature, with our own bodies and minds”- Carl Honore

The coronavirus pandemic forced us all to slow down and some of us chose to re-assess our life. Many worry we will return to our old ways of being. I believe those who are awakened, have come too far to do that. Our consciousness has changed and we will continue to change. There is no going back to the old ways for many of us.

Redefining Slow

Our life has become more deliberate in an effort to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19. We are asked to be more mindful around others by keeping space and wearing a mask. Many people’s work has slowed down.

At this time, I am not teaching at senior centers, having booths at health fairs or expos, and I have not had in person writing, counseling or angel card reading sessions. I have been writing a book and a new training for psychotherapists, while offering phone and video calls. The other part of my time is spent organizing my home, meditating, reading, praying and walking.

Slowing down does not have to be negative. Life is our perception of it. Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare? Slow and steady wins the race. If you choose to be open to the lessons, you can benefit from a slower pace of life.

  1. Learning Patience– You can survive without instant gratification. We have experienced event cancellations this year and even delays in obtaining supplies, such as toilet paper, disinfectant and masks. When you are patient, you see there is enough for us all. Some people have become quite creative; making their own toilet paper, liquid sanitizers and cloth masks. You can learn to tolerate delays, without getting angry or upset. Healing takes time, whether it is within ourselves, others, or your world.
  2. Acceptance– Patience and acceptance go hand in hand. Acceptance is the willingness to tolerate a difficult situation. Everything in this world is impermanent. Even the most challenging of situations, changes. When you have the wisdom to know the difference between what you can and cannot change, you find peace.
  3. Building Resiliency– Having more alone time can build character. You learn you can handle more than you thought you could. If you can survive this tough situation, you can survive anything.
  4. Appreciating What and Who are Essential– Many of us have downsized our life and will continue to do so. You learn what you value most; whether it is stuff in your house, the people you associate with or your family. Your relationship to yourself, others and your things improves.
  5. Exercising All Aspects of Yourself- You have the time to move not only your body, but also your mind and spirit. You can choose to walk, read, pray or meditate. While, others have been called to use their voice in peaceful protests.

Lisa Hutchison LMHC is a licensed psychotherapist and writing coach who helps sensitive souls not just survive but shine. She is the Amazon bestselling author of I Fill My Cup: A Journal for Compassionate Helpers and the kindle book Setting Ethical Limits for Caring & Competent Professionals. Get a FREE 10 page E-book; 8 Simple Things That Release Chaos from Your Life Now at http://www.lisahutchison.net

19 thoughts on “5 Benefits of Slowing Down in Life

  1. Lisa, what I am witnessing in a lot of people is growth from out of this world stall. I see those who are now willing to stand together strong in unity and solidarity and insist change for the better. I am seeing people coming together in support of one another saying ENOUGH. Much good is coming from this. Much corruption is coming to light as well and we the people are saying no to it. For those of us who did the work, there is no turning back. Great post!! Thank you! xo

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    • You are welcome and yes! The reason why this protest movement is so strong is because people are deeply connecting. We see the light and the darkness exposed more than ever. For these reasons, there is no return to the old ways of being. Thank you, Amy. Many Blessings, Lisa xoxo

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      • WE THE PEOPLE were deprived of so much and treated inhumanely for so long, that this Lesson we all learned strengthened the bond that is called sisters and brothers. WE THE PEOPLE will make sure our liberties and our freedoms are never taken from us again AND that corruption will finally come to an end. It’s time, Lisa. People are finally finally waking up and taking action no longer waiting for those in any office to move on their behalf. We’ve entered a Revolution.

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  2. Another very inspirational write Lisa…
    I love the five benefits you have outlined… Like you, I find being alone not a problem, in fact not a lot has changed within my own immediate world apart from missing family, and my granddaughter..
    But I have spent time in meditation and pursuing my crafts and spending quality time in nature..

    Acceptance one of the key things in that you see from a higher perspective how we ALL needed to slow down, pause take breath and reevaluate our lives…
    Some have done just that and taken this as an opportunity.. Others have fallen to bits seeing it as a crisis as they no longer can pursue their freedoms …

    But All things happen for a reason… And its our perspective on how we perceive these challenging times.. and how we use our energy in adapting..
    For me it has shown me over and over the Appreciation… as you mentioned.. In the gratitude I have for all We have..

    Wonderful to read Lisa and to know you too have been able to adapt and change things around to suit a new way of being for this time at least.. I see many positive outcomes over this…

    Sending love and well wishes Lisa… ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • Thank you, Sue.

      I have found it interesting how some people interpret these stay at home or lock down orders. Many different perceptions to the same event.

      Gratitude is a wonderful tool to connect with what you have and spread goodwill. I also see many positives emerging from this time within and around me.

      Much love to you my friend, stay well.

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  3. Hi Lisa, resounding way of portraying the effects of slowing down and why we need to embrace it.
    Thanks and much appreciated for sharing

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  4. Hi Lisa,

    This is such a beneficial post and I appreciate the five pieces of wisdom you included. Life didn’t change drastically for my husband and I because we’ve been able to still work and get out. The changes, of course, were adding a mask to our wardrobes and becoming more mindful of what we touch. I also don’t mind being alone, in fact, sometimes I prefer it. And Patience and Acceptance are truly hard to grasp at times. We know Covid is new to everyone, even the experts, so we’re all learning at the same time, and stumbling, as well. Even now with restaurants opening, we’re not running out to be the first in line. I guess we’d rather play it safe with maybe tiptoeing a little further than we have in the past, instead of big leaps.

    It’s always good to slow down. If anything, Covid has taught me the little things in life that can be taken for granted so easily: not being able to leave the house when we want, missing those hugs and handshakes, not being able to travel to see family or friends, and the list goes on. There’s always a silver lining, but I feel for the families who have lost loved ones to the virus. Let alone, the civil unrest that has unraveled. Unity, Peace, Acceptance, and Love. What the world needs more of. 🙂

    Thanks so much for this enlightening post. Have a good weekend! xo

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    • This pandemic and I believe through these peaceful protests, we are all learning as we go. There are no steadfast rules to help us move forward. It is difficult to be patient and accepting in times of uncertainty. Yet, these seem to be the lessons presented to us.

      I have ventured out more, as our state has re-opened. We also have not gone to the outdoor restaurants yet. I find being very aware of touching and space, taxes my concentration. When I arrive home, my energy needs rejuvenating.

      The world does need more unity, peace, acceptance and love. I often hear the song lyrics in my head; What the world needs now is love, sweet love.

      Always nice to hear from you, Lauren. Thanks. I wish you a peaceful weekend.

      Blessings,
      Lisa xoxo

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      • I feel the same about touching and space, to the point of being overwhelmed. The whole new routine can be mind boggling. And I, too, can often hear that song in my head. Lyrics written over 50 years ago that still pertain to current circumstances. “No, not just for some, but for everyone.”
        I really enjoy your posts, Lisa. Sending hugs. 🥰

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  5. I too saw many perspectives during this time, but it was also a time of great change no matter who you are/were. Many life path awarnesses, a time to heal, to focus, to think, to re evaluate, to plan, to study, to learn. It came at a time where I was ready to make a change. It was not the change I was ready to make lol, however it was all included in my plan, and I see that. Those month of rest as I call it (the shutdown) allowed me to do many of the things I wanted to do while still focusing on my goals. I am now better for it and change is still appearing. Slowing down doesn’t mean you have to stop It just means slowing down. Thanks Lisa.

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    • This has been a time of change, indeed. Those who are awakened, gained the most and will continue to do so. None of us were ready for this kind of change, I know I wasn’t! With God (The Divine) we can find strength we never knew we had. I believe there is a bigger plan at work. Glad you have benefited from this time, Heather Maria. Blessings, Lisa

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