Slowing Down To A Healthier Normal

With everything going on, with the drastic schedule change, and the abrupt halt put on my day-to-day ‘hustle’ (hipster entrepreneur speak for not being able to prioritize and focus on what is essential), I have had to reduce my coffee intake.

Kogen Dojo Coffee Cup by The Joyful Clay in Severna Park, MD

A few days at home made me realize that I was ‘running hot’ everyday with the amount of coffee I was drinking, but I was doing too many things to notice.

I am now drinking about 1/3 as much coffee and, when I need a midday pick-me-up, I drink some green tea to get me over the hump.

Slowing down has revealed a lot of unnecessary stresses I have put upon myself. Now, some of these have been replaced by new stresses and worries, but I am more aware of them and more able to consciously address them as they arise.

Have any of you also noticed this in your lives as you adjust and adapt to a new normal? What have you done to shift gears and wind down in a healthy way?


Holistic Budo: As it is in budo, so too it is in life. As it is in life, so too it is in budo.

Robert Van Valkenburgh is co-founder of Taikyoku Mind & Body and Kogen Dojo where he teaches Taikyoku Budo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

All photos by Robert Van Valkenburgh (artist unknown, unless otherwise noted).

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