Motivation

Taking the time to smell the flowers

Today I did something rather unusual for me. I grabbed my green tea, slowed down and went for a leisurely stroll around the park beside my work. Instead of rushing to the washroom to change into my running gear, rushing through a 5 to 10 k run, then rushing to get changed and inhale my lunch, I slowed down and really enjoyed the beauty of nature:

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Walking isn’t something this Type A does very often. I rarely slow down – everything is always go, go, go. Get up, get dressed, eat breakfast, drive the kids to school and daycare, commute to work, work, workout, work some more, commute home, pick up the kids, cook & eat dinner, take the kids to their sport of the night, come home, give the kids baths, put them to bed, hangout on facebook, go to bed. That’s my life. Zen… what’s that?

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Ahhhhhh…. Now THAT’S zen!

In our busy lives we often forget the role that slowing down plays. We know that rest helps us recover and progress, but do we truly rest? Working through a lunch break instead of going for our workout is not truly rest. Cleaning the house on a Saturday morning instead of doing our long run is also not truly rest. Stress and the stress hormone builds up in our bodies. To let that go we need to do something truly relaxing and rejuvenating, like meditating, writing in a gratitude journal, calling a friend, having a good laugh, or even by taking a SLOW walk, being sure stop and smelling the flowers.

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Life is fast enough without us making it faster. While exercise is fantastic, we all need to step back and truly rest every once in a while. If we don’t, we may be forced to by stress. Stopping should be our own choice.

Now it’s your turn…. What relaxing activities do you enjoy?

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  • Kim
    May 28, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Love the way you slowed down and truly smelled the flowers!!
    For me, slowing down involves a book and time outside!!!

  • Jess@ Flying Feet
    May 28, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Boy, can I relate!! A-type here! I relax with an hour long easy yoga session 🙂 that and a cup of hot tea at night. Love some tea! Those flowers are puuuurty!

  • Carla
    May 29, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Great post! I recently started doing my grocery shopping, going to the bank, other errands, etc. after work on Friday’s. It’s super busy during that time but it keeps me from feeling like Saturday and Sunday’s are full of chores. This way I can just relax and do what I want on the weekends because all the chores have been done sometime during the week.

  • Laura @ Mommy Run Fast
    May 29, 2014 at 11:50 am

    I can definitely relate- I do not slow down enough! But this pregnancy is helping with that. And we just got back from a really relaxing vacation where I did a lot of napping, reading, resting, and walking. It was fantastic!

  • Jim Mandoli
    May 30, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Janice

    I love swimming… and riding the bike. That’s how I relax most of the time. Smelling flowers is also an interest I have, although not sure if I feel relaxed with such. Spending time around lakes is how I prefer to relax when I care not about exercises or moving.

  • Launna
    May 31, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I agree Janice, we have to take some time to slow down.. that is what I have been doing the past couple of days and letting myself have a little fun… enjoying my times.. 🙂 I am glad you took a little slowdown time for yourself.. Enjoy the rest of the weekend 🙂

  • Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
    May 31, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    My mom and I walk together once a week and I love that it is more of a walk and talk than an exercise walk. It relaxes me to just walk and gossip.

  • Lynda@fitnessmomwinecountry
    May 31, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    What a nice post Janice. You are right, cleaning the house on a weekend although is great to have done, does not count as relaxing. I love this and love to just stop and take in the quiet moments life has to offer.

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