While a slug may be slow, slow isn’t sluggish

I had an interesting twitter conversation with @wowOwow. She jokingly offered up a slow tip: one glass of wine and sluggishness sets in. She brought up a great point that warrants addressing here.

Slow does not equal sluggish. Slow is centered and energized. While I’m a oenophile (okay, so I looked it up and it means wine lover), drinking wine certainly can slow you down. As anyone who’s been to a frat party knows, drinking too much will slow you down in ways that hamper your well-being.

If you are feeling sluggish, evaluate some of the habits in which you engage. Do you stay up too late at night? Do you get up too early? Do you jam-pack your weekends, emulating the treadmill you’re on during the work week?

Taking it down a notch might seem like a daunting task. Maybe you are going at the right speed that works for you. Or maybe you are not. Select one thing that you habitually do and alter how you do it for a week (it takes 21 days to change a habit for good). See how it feels. Then let me know!

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  1. randabub

    June 24, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Our not-so-secret is out (we’re oenophiles). Thank you for posing these questions to ask myself. I think — when I’m not drinking the vino — partly why I’m feeling sluggish is because I’m a way-too-early riser. My husband has to wake up very early for work and his getting out of bed ALWAYS wakes me up for good.
    Lookin’ forward to another twitter chat.
    ‘Randabub’ from wowOwow.com

    1. powerofslow

      June 25, 2010 at 8:33 am

      Randabub ~ loving your authenticity as always. Keep it real (and buy earplugs). That hubby-getting-up-too-early thing can be a drag! 🙂

  2. Bernadette Noll

    June 24, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    We often say to families that Slow Family is not about doing nothing. It’s about being aware of choices made. Being intentional about what you are doing. Not nothing. Not sluggish. Intentional. And I can think of a few habits of my own that might need some 21 day treatment!

    1. powerofslow

      June 25, 2010 at 8:32 am

      Me too, Bernadette! Yes, it is all about intention. Looking forward to hear how it goes for you!

  3. Pat Chiappa

    June 24, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    First I’ll let you know now what I do.
    I shallow breathe.
    It’s inefficient, exhausting and unhealthy.
    I’m off to have a glass of wine.
    Be back in 21 days…

    1. powerofslow

      June 25, 2010 at 8:31 am

      Too funny, Pat! Yes, somewhere around our adolescence we forgot how to belly breathe. Our oxygen intake settles in right under the collar bone. Good luck and let me know how it goes for you!

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