It’s no secret that sometimes (or often!) we feel as though we are drowning in work, life, and family responsibilities. The constant juggle can be exhausting, that’s why I am not only a strong advocate for implementing small daily rituals of self-care into your day, but also for recognising the signs you need to slow down and learning when you need to say ‘no’ in your work and life. It definitely can feel impossible sometimes to slow down when life is running a million miles a minute, so these are the signs I try to recognise within myself when I realise I need to take a minute, step back and realise I need to slow down.
1. “I was so busy I forgot to eat all day!”
This is something I notice those around me, and myself included, are constantly guilty of. In 2019, there is a common idealisation of ‘the hustle’ and idolising being busy all the time. It can be hard, especially as a small business owner myself, I am constantly on the go and filling my to-do list to the brim. Eventually, if we don’t slow down enough to nourish ourselves, we come to a screeching halt and it’s a recipe for irritability, and overall unproductivity - the opposite of what you want!
2. Your brain fog is at an all time high
I won’t say that I’m always perfectly punctual and on time for everything all the time, but if you find that you’ve been racing around apologising for being late more than usual (or forgetting things and feeling clumsy), this is a sign that you should slow down. You might think that slowing down will just make you even more late or behind but taking a few minutes to breathe, regroup and see the bigger picture will clear your mind and keep you focused.
I find using an Essential Oil Wellness Roller throughout the day can help me refresh my brain and ground my thoughts. The ‘Anxiety Essential Oil Roller’ is designed to calm your nerves, ground your thoughts and uplift your mood which will help you get back on track. It is 100% a handbag essential of mine!
3. You’re not getting enough sleep
If you’re having trouble getting to sleep because you’re tossing and turning, plagued with thoughts of your upcoming to-do list and the day ahead, this is a huge sign to slow down. Recognise the factors that are making you stressed and find a solution to these at the root of the issue. Do you need to learn to say ‘no’ to some of the responsibilities you’ve taken on? Realistically, I understand this is not always the easiest solution. Sometimes, the main issue can be not unwinding after a big day and letting the cycle of stress continue.
It doesn’t matter how you choose to unwind in the evening, whether you choose to set your diffuser with your favourite relaxing scent, roll your ‘Sleep Easy Essential Oil Roller' on your wrists before bed, or simply lay back, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. The most important thing is that you spend time letting go of the day you’ve had.
4. Listen to those around you
This is probably the biggest sign I actually recognise that makes me realise I need to slow down - when my family is telling me I’m taking on too much. Sometimes our loved ones can give us the biggest reality check that we need to take a step back and reassess how our habits are affecting our mental and physical health. We are only human, and I know personally I’m not the best at coping when I have a lot going on. Luckily, my husband knows my mental limits and looks out for me when he sees the signs I’m overwhelmed and tells me I need to slow down (this usually means I start talking to myself). Having a support system around you, whether it be friends or family who are looking out for you too can make you feel more at ease.
If these signs resonated with you, it doesn’t mean you’re doing anything wrong - just that you’re human (just like me!) We put so much pressure on ourselves to do it all, but I’ve realised that when this happens I start wishing away the days ahead, and I don’t want to do that anymore. Life is too short to not enjoy life around you as it happens. Take a moment, slow down, breathe, relax and focus on the big picture.
- Leanne x