Psychology behind Slow Life

CATEGORY: 14.12.17
By Beata Justkowiak

Imagine you live happy life.

All your needs are met, everyone likes and respects you. Your partner loves you. You do what you love and you don’t have to worry about financial matters. What would it feel like? What would be your next step in life? At some point you would ask ‘if that it?’ You would feel that there should be something more.. that something is missing.. that you have to do something about it.

That’s the life purpose, to keep moving.

But with what pace it’s up to us. It’s your decision how fast you want to move on from one step to the next. Or is it not? Or maybe, society dictates what’s the right rhythm of success, what’s right and wrong, what’s good and not good enough?

Nothing is forever

Then it comes, stress, anxiety and exhaustion, the crisis of body and mind. We feel overwhelmed with responsibilities and all those I HAVE TO demands. What used to make us smile, doesn’t any more. What used to relax and sooth us, doesn’t any more. What used to make us happy and fulfilled, doesn’t any more. What used to motivate us, well.. it stopped working. Why? Because we assumed nothing will change, we assumed it will be effective all the time.

The only thing for certain is that everything changes

For me as Psychologist the Slow Life is much more than finding time to relax, it’s about shifting attention toward awareness. Slowing down life’s pace to see and to feel more because the only thing for certain is that everything changes. We are told that ‘if you want to succeed in your life you better speed up, do better and faster because what’s now is not good enough’. And what’s worst, we make it our belief, hoping for it to motivates us, to give us this external kick to eventually help us go through the change smoother.

More and more people come to my office wanting to balance things out and live healthy lifestyle. For some it’s means to have more me-time and feeling relaxed, managing anger outbursts and days full of sadness. For others it’s re-defining life purpose, strengthening relationships with close ones and feeling understood, listened and needed.

Principles of Slow Life

This is why the SlowLife workshop is designed to remind us that our basic needs never change. The need to be seen and appreciated, need to belong, the need for closeness and care, for a little love. It’s given through human relations, that’s why deep down we all want to slow down to see and feel more, to give and get, to live the life we want to live.

Principles of SlowLife are:

– to bring awareness to the body

– to re-discover power of mind

– to rebuild connection with self

– to recenter attention to goals and needs

– to practice healthy egoism

– to deepen self understanding

– to explore what’s still in front of us with childish curiosity and fun!

If that’s food for your thought then go ahead and check when there’s next FitChillout retreat with SlowLife coaching workshop or contact us directly to organize the workshop at your workplace.


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