We all have been given the same amount of time each day, each week, each month, and so on. But why is it that most of us feels like we don’t have enough time? We feel like we are all in a hurry to finish something. We stress out about deadlines. We have got to do this or do that, otherwise… You know what I mean.
The truth is, the world will still be round even if we take our time. Things will still be the same, if not better, if we simply take our time and slow down. Now, to some people, this may sound absurd, especially to those who are always in a hurry to get things done. I can relate to it, because I was like that too.
When I first heard that we are more productive when we do less or when we take things slowly, my initial reaction was “what?” How could that be? It turns out that it actually has a scientific proof to that. But I am not going to talk about the science behind it. Everybody can sure do our own research. I will just share what I myself have experienced.
I am a nurse and has worked in different fields of nursing. The nature of a nurse’s job is very stressful. As a nurse, you are always struggling to give medications and treatments on time. You have documentations to finish before the end of your 12-hour shift. You take a break when you can, that is if you get lucky. You almost always get interrupted by something even when you’re on break. That’s stressful. Then you get home tired and hungry and grumpy. And then you hurry up to take care of household stuff and family because you have to do this over again tomorrow.
Every time these things happen to me due to my job, it depresses me. I become so emotionally charged. I cry easily. I interpret things negatively. I overeat. I blame myself. My skin breaks out. My mouth develops canker sores. I don’t like it at all.
So, I decided to go back to that wisdom that I heard about slowing down. It doesn’t mean slowing down when it comes to my patient’s needs because I need to act fast when it’s an emergency. I took slowing things down as stop working too much. Focus on my life and my family. Slow down on trying to make more money. As we all know, money is not everything.
It wasn’t easy at first. The anxiety of how I am going to support myself and my son with working less was there. I have so many bills that needs to be paid. How am I going to do this by working less? I almost didn’t believe that it’s possible. But it is.
I quit my job at the facility that was overworking me and creating me all kinds of stress, physical and emotional. I focused on working for my wonderful agency wherein I can create my own schedule and work when I want to. And most especially, rest when I need to.
The time off that I obtained when I quit my job enabled me to do that things that were stressing me out while I was working. I slowly worked on getting my house in order. I focused on taking care of my son. I focused on taking care of myself. I started meditating. I s-l-o-w-e-d d-o-w-n…
And you know what happened next?
- I got restful sleep.
- My skin cleared up.
- My mind cleared up.
- I stopped crying.
- My canker sores healed up quickly.
- My son is happier.
- I became happier.
- I stopped overeating.
- My neck and shoulder pain started going away.
- I started looking like a diva again 🙂
And so much more. That is the beauty of taking time. And it’s true. When I started taking things slowly and my mental health started improving, opportunities started opening up. Great ideas came up. And now I have goals and vision for myself and my family. I now know what I truly want to do in my life. It is clear now what my purpose is in this world.
Thanks to that nugget of wisdom that I heard from my best friend, and from the book of Marc David. I learned so much from them. I encouraged everyone who reads this to take your time and don’t feel guilty about it. Life will still go on no matter what. The world will still be round…:)