Rush Hour!


Since last week we talked about how to not waste our time, I figured this week we could talk about how to slow our time down a little. I feel we can all relate to this in one way or another because we have all had the feeling of being rushed, and quite frankly, it sucks. After thinking about how to slow down and not be in rush all the time, one key word kept popping in my head…..

Do you always feel like you are in a rush, constantly jumping around from one thing to the next? You just want a simple solution to slowing life down, taking your foot off the pedal and letting cruise control take over for a short period of time so you can catch your breath?

Most people who constantly feel rushed lack patience. The lack of patience makes you believe that life is moving faster than it really is.

One way to slow down is to develop Patience.

By definition, patience is the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. Looking closer at this definition, patience is a way to get rid of negative emotions. Being angry is a negative emotion that causes our minds to lose control. When we lose control, we wreck, just as if we were to lose control while driving.

We have the ability to control our emotions, just as we have complete control of our steering wheel while driving. In the pursuit of a positive lifestyle, we must remember to remain focused on positive emotions and disregard the negative ones. Patience is a key part that will keep our engine running smoothly.

One thing I have been trying to focus on when it comes to developing patience that you may like to try also…

is next time you get angry or feel yourself losing control, be sure to STOP! Recognize these feelings and replace them with other thoughts. Hit your breaks, and slow yourself down. It’s not easy, but it can be done. We must constantly work to develop this endearing quality, so we must not allow any slip ups to set us back.

Another way to slow life down is to look at life one day at a time.

I know it sounds like a cliché, but if we only focus on one day of work, rather than a whole week or month, we will be taking much clutter out of life.

Have a plan for your day, and accomplish each task throughout that day. We do not try to eat a whole week’s worth of food in one day, so why do we constantly feed our mind with more thoughts and emotions than one person can handle?

I’m not saying that if it is Monday and you have an assignment due on Friday to not worry about the task until that given day. But what I am insisting is that you make it a daily goal to accomplish a portion of the task at hand. The same goes for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and so on.

Focusing on daily goals, rather than a week’s worth of goals, will allow us to accomplish much more, leaving our lives with much less chaos.

Sacrifice sleep.

Maybe you are one of those people who likes to get as much sleep as possible, and you have to “rush” to get ready. Once you start your day in a rush, then the rest of the day will most likely follow in suit.

One solution for this problem is to wake up early and make time for yourself. See to it that you are not rushing around frantically, rather you are calm and in control because you sacrificed that extra 30 minutes of sleep. That extra 30 minutes of sleep does feel good, but what feels a little better is not being rushed.

Instead of the clock controlling you, you can now control the clock.

One more way to slow down life is to take advantage of every minute of every day.

If you constantly feel rushed, you are probably not taking that lunch break to relax. Your commute to and from destinations is filled with thoughts of clutter and disorder. Your shower is not even relaxing because you are constantly grinding your gears. I know the feeling. What I found is to use these times to free our minds.

Replace our worried minds with the sense of comfort and positive thoughts.

Use that drive to be free, listening to your favorite song or radio show. Use that shower to wash away the setbacks in life. Use the in-between time to your advantage. Our lives are filled with much clutter, and there are times that we will feel rushed, but what we must strive to do is realize that we do have time to take a moment for ourselves each day.

It is very important to take time for yourself.

Stop filling your mind with such worry, that you constantly feel rushed. We all need our time to think to ourselves, so use every free minute of your day to concentrate on the good in life. This will lighten the load on your mind, which will in turn take the constant feeling of rush away from you.

But whatever your day-to-day journey through life brings to you, always remember to remain positive. Thank you for reading.

Think Positive. Have Patience.

Think Positive. Live Positive.

Rush Hour!

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