Slow down, relax and be present.
Slow down, relax and be present.
Hello, I’m Karen Edlander, a new mum living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and I would like to welcome you to my blog ‘Outsdoor’.
I strongly believe that in the current world we live in, we need to make the time to slow down, relax and be present, in order to live healthier and more fulfilled lives.
My passion is health and well-being, and as a qualified Personal Trainer and Nutritional Therapist I have experience working in these fields; as well as gaining my most valuable knowledge on my own personal health journey.
This time 2 plus years ago I would never have expected to be writing this blog. Life was very different back then when I was living life in the fast lane; working for a large corporate organisation, having a busy work and social life, and making sure I fitted in at least 3 weekly visits to the gym! I was always active, busy and on the go. To me and those who know me I was perfectly fit, healthy and well.
However, sometimes life throws us a curve ball which forces us to make some changes and to look at life a little differently.
For me it was developing a chronic illness that forced me to step off my treadmill, and if you read ‘My Story’ you can learn more about this here.
This led me to a more holistic approach to health and well-being; one where we learn to tune in and really pay attention to the connection between our mind, body and spirit.
Being faced with my own health challenges inspired me to start this blog and share my leanings and experiences to help others.
The treadmill is a great way to describe the ‘autopilot’ mode we so often find ourselves on as we go about our busy lives. With the day to day pressure and stress we encounter, all too easily life can begin to feel like a treadmill.
How often are we unconsciously just ‘going through the motions’ rather than being present in our lives?
I have come to realise that in the current climate of the world we live in we need to learn to slow down, yet so often the emphasis is on doing the opposite.
The ‘treadmill’ can be linked to many aspects of our lives – be it in our work life, our personal life, our mind, our habits, our worries, our daily routines...Fittdaily.com defines the treadmill as ‘a device for walking or running while staying in the same place’.
While a definition given by the Oxford dictionary is ‘a job or situation that is tiring or boring and from which it is hard to escape’. A couple of my own definitions are ‘running without a purpose’ and ‘a race to nowhere’.
You only have to watch people people rushing about their day, to bring these meanings to life.
To give an example, my own experience of working life has highlighted how many people slogging it in the corporate world can easily feel like they’re stuck on a treadmill. Come to think of it the work place in many ways has a lot of similarities to the gym. Both have an emphasis on working harder, working longer, working faster…
If we’re not careful life can become repetitive, mundane and exhausting – not to mention putting our body and mind under huge amounts of pressure. No wonder there are more chronic conditions and stress related illnesses in the modern world we live in.
Whatever you do in your life, I strongly encourage you to take the time to ‘step off the treadmill’ and look around and see what’s really going on in the world. Whether you are fit and healthy, or dealing with an illness, we all need to make the time to slow down, wake up from the autopilot, and learn to really listen to our bodies.
By being present in our lives we learn to fully appreciate it and truly value each moment. If you read ‘My Story’ it will give you an insight into why I learnt to slow down, and how this has lead to new lessons in personal growth, as well as a much healthier attitude to life.
I hope my blog will inspire you to look at life a little differently and consider a new approach to health and well-being.
By making a few small and simple changes we can start to see big improvements in our health.
I will share my own experiences and tips on what is working for me, and I would also love for this to be a place where you can share your views, stories and lessons to help others.