The end of the Summer holidays is just around the corner and our waiting workloads are ready to pounce on us. My mind is already starting to get cluttered with so much that needs to be done before then – along with the stress of knowing I’ll have more to pile on in a few weeks. I know a lot of my readers are more than likely feeling the same way right now, so I only felt it necessary to share a few reasons why I believe it’s important to slow down, and what exactly you can do to relax and get that all-important down time.
Live for The Now
A lot of us bloggers, and I’m sure many others, get caught up in planning, planning, planning whether that’s scheduling social media or planning out articles for the future. Most of us are guilty of looking too far forward and laying everything down ready months in advance. Unfortunately, it often means we’re missing out on the present. Sometimes, we need to take a breath and enjoy the moment we’re in rather than manically planning for that perfect future. So, just relax. Watch a film with your partner. Have a sleepover with your friends. Hug someone for a whole three minutes.
Time is Too Precious
“It does not do to dwell on dreams, and forget to live,” – Albus Dumbledore (JK Rowling)
I’m a sucker for over-scheduling. Sometimes I’m so bad with scheduling every minute of my day that I end up spending more time scheduling and planning than I do on completing those tasks I planned. Planning can sometimes cause us to sway from one project to another and not fully enjoy the experience of doing each task. Again, this comes down to that all important future you’ve been trying to plan every detail of. We want to offer ourselves so many different opportunities that we forget to just enjoy the present time. This is where slowing down comes in. Be as balanced as possible with your time and remember that it doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop! Taking a steadier approach to your workload does not mean you’re lazy or unaccomplished, it means you’re taking the time to treasure moments. Another benefit of this is you’ll also work more carefully and will probably create some brilliant things!
Look After your Health!
Stress can be detrimental on or health, and activity contributes massively to whether we are healthy or not. We can easily run ourselves down by doing too much planning, working or running around, so it’s important to make time in our busy schedules for chilling and doing something we love to do. In my downtime, I like to light candles and read a book (I’m loving Ctrl-Alt-Delete by Emma Gannon) or watch a TV series (I’m loving Stranger Things).
The most important thing we need to remember is that your worth does not correlate with how much work you have done. If you don’t finish everything on your to-do list today, that’s okay. It’s hugely beneficial to your health, your memories and your precious time if you just take a 15-minute break to grab a pumpkin spice latte.
You’re not a bad person for wanting to take down time to soak in cosiness!