Judith Zucker, LCSW
Life With The Corona Cloud | Slowing Down
As another winter season settles around us, and temperatures remain frigid, we may find our routines and moods shifting.
Our world remains uncertain.
Feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression are increasing.
Like many of us, I, too, am struggling to balance my many roles and responsibilities at a time filled with constant change and disruption.
When I find myself immobilized by my feelings of grief, worry, or despair, I remind myself that it’s important to give ourselves permission to pause, take inventory of our feelings, and recharge. Slowing down engages our Parasympathetic Nervous System. The PNS allows us to decompress from our everyday stress, offering restoration for our minds and bodies.
It may be counterintuitive for many of us, but slowing down increases our productivity.
Slowing down may look different for all of us.
Slowing down may be intentionally connecting with a friend or family member. It may be carving out time in your schedule to try something new, engage in a creative process, or revitalize a hobby.
Or it might be prioritizing our existing obligations and saying “no” to commitments that aren’t serving us well.
It may be a few deep breaths, a conscious effort to relax all of our muscles, or a brief walk outside. We may need space in our lives to exercise, meditate, or relax that provides us with the opportunity to recognize and acknowledge our feelings.
Together, we can find our pause. I am here to walk through this with you.
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