Wednesday, December 26 2012, 12:49 PM MST
Experts Say Slowing Down Is Good For Health
(KUTV) Gone are the days of relaxing holidays with family and friends. Now, with crazy work schedules, 24-hour Christmas sales, electronic gadgets and a constant go-go-go, we never stop – and experts say that’s not good for our health.
"Everyone needs a stop day. For some that may involve going to church or synagogue. For some that may mean doing the NY times crossword puzzle. But when we have that rhythm of rest and work, the work takes on more meaning,” said Dr. Matthew Sleeth.
Sleeth, author of the book: “24/6, A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life” has examined the reasons we should all take a day off. He says being on the go, for most of us, just means more stress to the body.
"Virtually every study that's been done on this, shows that we are pouring out catecholamine’s, which are those kind of flight or fright hormones that are stress hormones. We are pouring out cortisol, which is a stress steroid in our body," said Sleeth.
Sleeth said overall, the stress takes a toll on our bodies.
"They give us higher blood pressure, they increase anxiety and depression....and i think also psychologically knowing that you don't have a day coming up, that you aren't given permission to rest is difficult for people,” Sleeth said.
So how can we stop? Dr. Sleeth says cut out some of the time wasting habits. Get your nose out of your computer, prioritize what's important to you and take that day off. Even eating your food slowly helps you enjoy life in a more healthy way. And cut out the multi-tasking, at least at home.
"There's a saying that the point of life, isn't to see how fast you can get through it."
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