Permission to Slow Down and Have a Slower Paced Day

Val MillsStarred Page By Val Mills, 8th Jan 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/jo1ov0q7/
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Are you one of those people who, like me, seem to be always be rushing around, taking life at full speed - until suddenly you feel burnt out? Maybe, like me, you need permission to slow down.

Feeling Like a Lazy Day

I sat at the computer this morning and remarked out loud that I feel like having a lazy day today. My husband looked up at me and asked, well what's stopping you? What's stopping me indeed. I couldn't actually answer his question with a logical answer.
I'm one of those people who rush through this life, cramming as much into a day as I can. Now, there's nothing wrong with that, things get achieved. But, sometimes the pace gets out of control.
So, I'm sitting here today, recognising I need a break, I need to accept I can't always do everything. Today I need a lazy day.

Permission to Slow Down

It's funny how we need to give ourselves permission to slow down. We tend to set high expectations of ourselves and even beat ourselves up when we don't live up to those expectations. We are far too harsh on ourselves. Most things will wait until tomorrow.
If you're like me, take heart, you are allowed to slow down. If you need to, start right now. Tell yourself today you have permission to do less than usual, do nothing if that's what you feel like.
And, if you're like me and are not good at giving yourself permission, then I will do it for you. Today you have my permission to slow down.

A Slower Pace Means Renewed Energy

Slowing down doesn't need to mean doing nothing at all. That would drive me crazy, but, if that's what you need right now, go ahead and do nothing.
We all have things that re-energise us, maybe listening to music, reading, even writing. One of my favourites is to lie for a short while with my eyes closed and visualise peaceful images.
It's good for our mental health to take time out from time to time. We can then resume our crazy pace with renewed energy.

Return With New Vigour

Now that we all have permission to slow down today and some of us will act on it, what can we expect from this time out break we've given ourselves?
Well, I'm hoping that I'll find, as I usually do, that I'll be ready to face life at full speed again tomorrow. Don't be surpeised if everything feels all that much easier once you're feeling more rested.
Now, you knew all that, didn't you. You just needed to be reminded. And be given permission to slow down and enjoy life at a slower pace today. Go for it, I'm joining you.

Other articles by Val Mills:

Time to Re-establish Routines In Your Life

Eliminate Bad Moods Through Writing
Enrich Your Life by Connecting with Others
Allowing Creativity to Return

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Burn Out, Mental Health, Motivation, Positive Time, Re-Energise, Refresh, Relaxation, Renewed Energy, Self Help

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author avatar Val Mills
Self-published writer, coffee drinker, enjoying life. Also found at
writingyourstories.wordpress.com and http://downatthebaths.blogspot.co.nz/

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author avatar Val Mills
8th Jan 2015 (#)

Thanks Mark, not sure how I missed that - will go and fix it now. I seem to be having connection problems with the site this morning.

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author avatar GenkiWorld
8th Jan 2015 (#)

i had to do just that today, i needed to slow own and give myself a few hours of rest.

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author avatar Val Mills
8th Jan 2015 (#)

GenkiWorld And tomorrow you'll be so glad you did!

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
8th Jan 2015 (#)

Today is my day off work, but my wife has already had me outside shoveling!

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author avatar Val Mills
8th Jan 2015 (#)

Pity you can't invite us all over to help Mark :-)

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author avatar Retired
8th Jan 2015 (#)

I can relate to this article one-hundred percent! Our lives are filled with accomplishing things. the more productive we are, the better. But age, the weather, and other things force us top take a deep breath and "smell the roses," as that old-fashioned statement goes.

I like it. You are liking it. Take a day and enjoy it without marking in an accomplishment.

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author avatar Val Mills
8th Jan 2015 (#)

I'm at an age I'm allowed to stop trying to achieve things, unless I choose to do so :-)

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author avatar Retired
8th Jan 2015 (#)

Forgive my typos (above). I'm in accomplishment mode and, as you can tell, not doing so well.

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author avatar Carol Roach
8th Jan 2015 (#)

I just had to slow down after posting 10 posts a day at the other site. I truly needed the break

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author avatar Val Mills
8th Jan 2015 (#)

For me it was the need to interact with so many people when i'd rather be writing.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
9th Jan 2015 (#)

You have permission to bring your life to a standstill, know you have worked hard. ;-)

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