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An ode to slowness: the benefits of slowing down

Anne-Laure Le Cunff
Ness Labs
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Hustle culture uses speed as a measure of performance. This harmful mindset results in burnout, poor decision-making, and bad communication. Fighting our urge to live and work faster can lead to clearer thinking, deeper connections, and better mental health.

Slowing down to go further

By slowing down, you can build three key pillars to rely on in your life and work. 1. Intentionality - In making decisions and executing our plans. 2. Quality - Of the output, and even sometimes of the experience itself. 3. Sustainability - Mental downtime, space for self-reflection, and a realistic schedule we can actually keep up with.

Injecting slowness in all areas of your life

  • Food - Numerous studies suggest that eating fast is linked to obesity.
  • Communication - We learn to become more empathic when we slow down, become present, and are fully committed to understanding another person’s uniqueness.
  • Fashion - Shop less often, focus on timeless designs, and take your time to buy better quality garments that will last longer.
  • Exercise - Moderate-intensity, low-impact activity is just as effective as high-impact activity in lowering the risk of heart disease.
  • Decision-making - Slowing down allows us to be more deliberate when considering our options.  
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