Podcast Review: Hurry Slowly

By Sarah Spitz, LMSW

A friend recently recommended the podcast called Hurry Slowly, which is all about "how you can be more productive, creative, and resilient through the simple act of slowing down."  The idea of "slowing down" is scary for many New Yorkers — we live in a world in which being busy gives us social capital, and we are constantly bombarded with messages that we aren't doing enough, we aren't successful enough, we don't have enough, that we aren't enough.  And faced with this, it can seem impossible to slow down. 

But what is lost if we live our lives in this way? Unfortunately, quite a lot.  We lose out on productivity, creativity, and we sacrifice our mental health.  I appreciate this podcast because it sheds light on exactly what we're up against, and the host Jocelyn K. Glei is committed to providing knowledge, resources, and insight into how we can live and work with more meaning.  

While there are many great episodes to choose from, I wanted to briefly highlight a minisode I listened to recently called, "The Tyranny of Choice." The episode is dedicated to exploring the anxiety many of us experience related to choice, and Glei interviews Renata Salecl, author of the book The Tyranny of Choice, which is all about decision-making.

We have been conditioned to believe that there is an ideal outcome for every choice we make, and as a result we invest immense time and energy into make the "right choice." This depletes our creativity and it takes away from our happiness. Not only does that resonate with me personally, but it comes up all the time in sessions with my clients. I frequently see anxiety, frustration, and paralysis when it comes to decisions. So how do we find freedom from this?  While this short episode can't answer this fully, it does give us a place to start. We must practice making the choice to embrace a little more chance in our lives.  Who knows, you may find more space for creativity, growth, and happiness! (And stay tuned for my next blog on practices to help cultivate this freedom). 

There are already 30 episodes of Hurry Slowly available, and if the minisode I described didn't resonate with you, there may be another episode that does.  Glei interviews people from all different industries (entrepreneurs to philosophers to marathon swimmers), who provide insight and perspectives that are helpful regardless of what you do professionally.  I definitely recommend this podcast for anyone who is curious about finding a better work/life balance, or is in need of a reminder that it's okay to slow down.  

Sarah Spitz is a therapist at Cobb Psychotherapy. If you would like support in prioritizing and taking care of your mental health, contact Cobb Psychotherapy and see how therapy can help.