I hate to rush. Rushing creates a sense of hurry, of inadequate time and space to do what one intends/needs to do. I’ve noticed that rushing creates anxiety. One’s attention is in the future rather than the present, and there is a sense of scarcity–in the case of rushing, there is a sense of scarcity of time.
Now this is not to say that some circumstances are not urgent or emergent, and there are times when acting with all deliberate haste is appropriate. Believe me, as a former family physician, I am well aware of this. That said, I found that if I stayed in the present, connected to my breath and what I was doing in a given moment, I felt better. In what may be a surprise for those who are rush-prone, I am actually more efficient when I don’t rush. I am more perceptive, and more able to think clearly and problem solve in a healthy and creative fashion.
I have also found that if I am not rushed and anxious, then I am more helpful to my patients or clients, as then it is easier for them to stay in a space of possibility despite what may well be a very real crisis situation. Science and neuroscience research supports this, and has indeed found that when individuals “slow down” their autonomic nervous system a bit, reducing the fight/flight activation levels, they indeed improved their ability to perceive information and to make good choices. The military knows this as well, training soldiers to take their time while still working very quickly in high stress/pressure situations.
And yet, our society in general encourages rushing, with rapid fire stimulus from many directions, all of which serve to up-regulate the nervous system. From that its no surprise that so many people are nervous, anxious, chronically stressed. Want to feel better? Stop rushing. Or, to once again quote Simon and Garfunkel:
“Slow down, you’re moving too fast, got to make the morning last” Slow down for a moment, take a listen.