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Slow Down Day - 18th December 2018

Updated: Mar 7, 2022

Slow Down Day is a new movement starting in 2018 and will take place on 18th December each year.

We live life at such a fast pace, and many people find this time of year particularly busy. We could all do with slowing down once in a while – as Gill Monk, our MD and creator of Slow Down Day says, “Life is precious. Let’s take time to enjoy it for once”!

Slow Down Day is a day when everyone slows down... Slows down breathing and takes deeper, slower breaths. Slows down eating and enjoys every bite. Slows down driving, walking, talking, typing…

It's about not being in a hurry all the time, taking time to be in the present and slowing down enough to notice the world, the people around you and yourself. Sometimes we need to be busy, but we also need to make sure we have time to slow down too.

At AHM, to celebrate the first Slow Down Day, we're having a Slow Down Picnic. Our team have all been invited to bring some food to share with each other, and take some time to eat, talk and listen together without watching the clock.

Five people sitting round talking to each other.
Slow Down Day is a day when everyone slows down.

The benefits of slowing down

The benefits of slowing down and taking a break are both mental and physical. Moments of calm are important for the mind to reset, and the body to relax. A little stress can be helpful and good motivation to get things done, but if we don't slow down now and then, stress levels can become too high and this has a negative impact on motivation and productivity.

Employers have a duty of care to protect their employees from stress at work - why not introduce Slow Down Day in your organisation to help protect your employees?

For inspiration about how you can introduce this concept in your organisation, take a look at our blog post, 10 Ways to celebrate Slow Down Day in your workplace.




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