I think you will agree, we live in a fast-paced world. Many of us are stretched thin and need to find ways to slow down for our own wellbeing.

You might ask why I would write this post, this week, just when the craziness of the holidays is in full force? It is my feeling that this is precisely the time for this post as we all need to consider how WE can slow down for our health and so we can enjoy the holidays.

Recently, I listened to a podcast from Kristin Tippet, the host of On Being. If you have not heard of her, she hosts an interesting show every Sunday that I try to catch. The show starts at 7:00 am but is rebroadcast later in the day on Public Radio. The episode that caught my attention and inspired this post was a podcast that featured Pico Iyer, titled, the Urgency of Slowing Down.

I would love for you to listen to the podcast when you have 51 minutes to yourself. The conversation lays out the rationale for slowing down. The information shared provides tips on how each of us can slow down in the busy world that we live.

As 2018 draws to a close, I am reviewing my posts and starting to think about 2019. I will be sharing my annual end-of-the-year summary with you next week, and then I will be taking a break to enjoy the holidays.

As readers of Nurse Advocate, I ask that you share what challenges you face as a consumer, as a caregiver, or as a healthcare professional as you navigate the complex healthcare system. Your input will allow me to focus on topics that will help to improve the delivery of care. Please add your comments, ideas, or challenges in the chat box below. If you want to keep them private, feel free to email me at allewellyn48@gmail.com.

In 2019, I plan to invite professionals and consumers to be guest writers from time to time to share their work and ideas. If you would like to join me, please send me an email at allewellyn48@gmail.com, and we can set up a time to talk.

Last, enjoy the holidays and please consider finding ways to slow down.

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