Join the "Slow the F*ck Down" Movement!
It's time to share this message, and put these words into action
Over the past few years, I have become quite passionate about the work of slowing down. I continue to work with individuals experiencing high levels of burnout, overwork, and stress; and with institutions doing very little to address these serious issues.
To be honest, everyone is feeling a bit stuck — almost like slowing down is not an option. And I understand that. When we’re swimming in a workplace culture of productivity, it can feel like slowing down is failure.
But it’s not.
It is time for us to embrace a value of care, and take steps to regain control over the pace of our work and our life.
It is time to Slow the F*ck Down!
Launching the Slow the F*ck Down campaign
I’m launching the “Slow the F*ck Down” campaign as a way of creating a visual manifesto and encourage us all to embrace and celebrate the power of slowing down.
It’s time we take a stand, work together, and build solidarity around this message! It’s time we bring this message into the workplace and spark conversations about what it might mean if we all took steps to slow down. It’s time we take bold action and shape positive change!
We are in control of how we show up in our work and in our life. So it’s up to us to make the decision to resist the toxic culture of “productivity” and to embrace the practice of slowing down.
It's time to resist the relentless speed of overwork, prioritize our own self-care, and embrace a more human-centered pace.
It’s time we proudly wear and share the message of slowing down.
Putting these four words into action
For me, “slowing down” means so much more than just these words – it is about putting this message into action in deep and meaningful ways.
Slowing down does not mean taking a break or vacation to escape from being overworked. It is adopting a work and life practice that starts with interrupting everything we’ve learned. It goes against so much that our society and culture teaches us, against so many of the ideas of “success” and “productivity” that are ingrained in our brains.
Even just unpacking those inner beliefs can be a key part of slowing down. Ask yourself: Where does your “need for speed” come from? When did you first feel that pressure to go fast, do it all?
We’ve got to take some time to unlearn these internalized everyday behaviors, habits, and beliefs. There are so many harmful and self-sabotaging stories that we’re telling ourselves day in and day out, and we can replace those stories with positive and powerful stories of slowing down and taking care of ourselves.
If you’re feeling like things are a bit out of control, like work and life is speeding forward like a runaway train, I’ve written about some practical ways to reel it back in and become more grounded. Check out some of the strategies I share in these two posts:
In the months ahead, I’ll be sharing more ways to get involved, and more ways to take action when it comes to slowing down.
Entering a New Year of Slow
As we wrap up 2023 and head into a new year, let’s all commit to the radical act of slowing down. Get a shirt or mug, and use this message as a visual reminder to stay focused on the daily habits we can build for ourselves to slow down, and as a visible call to action for others who can be part of this collective movement.
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