Let’s face it; we’re all glued to technology. And there’s nothing wrong with that – it’s inevitable in this day and age.

However, making time and taking a step back from the hectic rush of endless Facebook notifications, text messages, urgent appointments and deadlines can greatly benefit your wellbeing.

For me, slowing down has been the key to my health. A few years ago, I got to the point where I felt I was starting to get burnt out by the intense pressure of constantly being on deadline for work. What I really needed to do was slow down and find an alternative outlet, and for me that was art.

Here are three reasons why you should be slowing down:

1.Your brain health improves
Engaging in slow and creative activities such as arts and crafts has been proven to benefit the brain by working both hemispheres.

It’s important for us to strengthen the part of our brains that not only engages with logic and problem solving, but also taps into the creative and imaginative side of our minds. 

2.Your stress levels go down
Having a hobby where you can sit down for a few hours and block out the constant noise of society can work wonders for your mental health and bring down stress levels.

Not having constant deadlines to worry about lowers cortisol, the ‘stress hormone’, and engaging in relaxing, enjoyable activities heightens levels of oxytocin and serotonin in the brain.

3. You operate better at work
Believe it or not, your professional life also benefits from slowing down.

For instance, children who are encouraged to learn a musical instrument, or receive visual arts education during their formative years grow into more well-rounded adults. The same theory applies in a work environment.

Having a slow crafts hobby like sculptural basketry has allowed me to think more creatively, and energises me for work.

Too often I have seen very successful people close their minds and hearts to the concept of slowing down, and they burn themselves out.

I use art as my ‘slow-down’ method to break away from our modern fast-paced life, but there are many other ways to slow down.

Go camping. Hike to the peak of a mountain. Start meditation. Learn a musical instrument. Create a garden and grow nutritious slow foods. Or simply stop and look out the window and have gratitude that you can.

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Catriona Pollard
From Unknown To Expert

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