You may have heard the old saying ‘slow down to speed up’ – the old people were onto something! I have learnt this the hard way. I was working 40 hour weeks, followed by out of work commitments, having two kids on my own and feeling overworked, underpaid and definitely under appreciated. A friend of mine kept asking me to review what I am doing and slow down.
The thing is, I didn’t think there was anything wrong with my life – well, apart from being broke. I was conditioned that doing ‘nothing’ was wrong. I had to keep on achieving, keep on going, keep on wanting to be better. In the mean time I was running myself into the ground. And that is just on the personal level.
Today we live in such a fast paced society. Information bombards us non stop! Something like 400 million bits of information per second! The message from the ads, magazines, movies, social media all tell us that we are not enough in some way or another. That to live the dream life you have to be constantly be moving, going, doing… there is no time for just being. No time to stop and recharge!
If you trying to keep going like the energiser bunny, you’ll end up burnt out, confused, stressed and overwhelmed. It’s simply not sustainable. Not to mention that if you follow the heard you are not being true to you. True to your own needs. When was the last time you did something you truly wanted to do for you? When was the last time you did ‘nothing’ and enjoyed it?
See this doesn’t just affect you, this affects every one around you. Your family, friends and your business. If you don’t look after you, you are flooding your best asset to exhaustion, then you are not good for you or providing the best service to anyone around you.
So slow down each day for a little. Unplug, and recharge the batteries. Reflect on your day. Learn from it. Give yourself some self-love. Then you can go again the next day, with fully charged batteries.