Slowing down isn’t always on the top of the priority list these days. Life moves at a million miles an hour, blink and you might miss it! Whether it be friends, family or the media, there always seems to be pressure to be involved in every little thing.
Now as much as it’s nice to get involved and spinning a few plates might keep you on your toes, you also need downtime to regroup. Here are some reasons why you might need to slow down.
Slowing Down Avoids Burnout
Most people face burnout at some point, but it is actually completely preventable. Burnout happens when you are overwhelmed, work too much, and just try to handle everything without giving yourself enough breaks. Burnout causes stress and a feeling of being overwhelmed. You might find that you can’t focus on work, your productivity decreases, or you lose interest in things you used to enjoy. These are all common signs of burnout.
If these pointers ring a bell, slowing down may involve making more me time for yourself. As much as work is a priority so is your self-care. Schedule in some alone time.
If your handling everything on your own, perhaps you can try and share the load. Can you delegate some of your tasks out rather than burdening yourself with everything?
You Gain More Clarity
Slowing down and giving yourself more time off can also help you to gain some clarity. Have you been struggling with making decisions lately? Do you feel like you are working your fingers to the bone, but not finding success? This can often be from a lack of clarity. You need to slow down and sometimes even stop what you’re doing. Take a step back, and evaluate what you have been working on and how you spend your time. You just might find the piece that is missing.
Slowing Down Helps You Focus on Your Priorities
With just a little more time in between projects and daily responsibilities, you are able to focus on what is important to you in life. Maybe that means more self-care time, spending time with loved ones, or figuring out where your work priorities are. Slowing down is essential to figuring out what your progress is and deciding if the path you are currently on is the right one.
You Can Pay Attention to Stress in Your Life
There may be some hidden sources of stress in your life, that you don’t realise is affecting your mental and physical health. We often move so quickly from one thing to the next, that we don’t stop long enough to check in on ourselves. If you don’t remember the last time you just stopped to pay attention to your own mind and thoughts and how your body feels, you are missing out on some important sources of stress that need to be addressed.
A great tool to introduce into your daily life is mindfulness. Taking 10 minutes a few times a day to practice being in the present moment can work wonders. I have a detailed post here on mindfulness if you would like to read more about it.
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