One of the things I noticed when I moved to Savannah, Georgia from Upstate New York a few years ago was that things moved a bit more leisurely down here. It was a nice change, but it did take some getting used to. Moving at a more peaceful pace can be better for our health as the following article points out so eloquently. It was written by my colleague, Kate Johnson, from Maryland, and was recently posted in the Annapolis Patch.
“Slow Down! Going faster is tempting disaster,” according to Susan Biali, M.D. She continues, “A fast-paced life isn’t worth the trouble it can cause.” Not only is rushing around tempting disaster – think unnecessary accidents, for example – but it is also bad for your everyday health. According to psychologyNet.org, “People who are overly time-oriented have a greater risk of cardiovascular and other health problems” and it continues, “time-urgency is not conducive to effective stress mastery, since one is constantly keeping one’s body at high anxiety and stress levels.” www.psychologyNet.org/report/are-you-always-too-rushed.html
“Individuals who perceive life in a time-urgent way tend to engage in self-defeating behaviors and thoughts such as being excessively worried about schedules, keeping overly tight deadlines, rushing when rushing is not necessary, doing several activities at the same time, and not taking the time to really enjoy work or play.” This behavior has been labeled “hurry sickness” by psychologists and physicians.