It’s OK to slow down!

October 20th, 2012 by admin in health, Live Your Best Life, Self-care, Self-love
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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Break

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Break

Have you noticed that people are proud of how stressed, busy, sleep-deprived they are?  I remember when I worked an office job and people would boast about “only getting 5 hours of sleep” or “working 12 hours yesterday.”  And then others would respond with, “You think that’s bad?  I only got 4 hours!” or “I worked 15 hours!”

When did being busy become cool?  When did being sick or tired or unhappy become hip?  And why are we competing to talk about being the sickest, most tired or most stressed?

You may have read this article, “The ‘Busy’ Trap” when it made the rounds this summer.  I love what the author has to say.

Are you over-scheduling yourself?

Are you using your busy schedule to define who you are?

What happens if you slow down and sit still?  What if you were to unplug, quiet down, reflect?

And why the hell do we put so much value on a packed schedule?

How you ARE is much more important that what you DO.

Getting a full night’s sleep is healthy, not wimpy.

Knowing when to clock out of work is a good thing, not a weakness.

If you feel the need to fill up your calendar, make sure you schedule some time for yourself.

I think Autumn is a wonderful time to slow down.

  • Spend a day in your pjs
  • Cuddle up on the couch with a book or a movie
  • Enjoy a warm beverage or some baked goods
  • Go on a walk and collect leaves
  • Take a nap
  • Do nothing
  • Take a drive and enjoy the scenery

Slowing down doesn’t mean you are lazy (and if you are lazy today, is that really such a bad thing?)

Here are a few other ways you can slow down –

Treat Yourself Like a Precious Gift

Treat Your Body Well

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