To say that I’m a little bit hyperactive is probably an understatement – I’m very easily excited and I always like to be doing things, seeing things, making things…all the things, really! I’m definitely guilty of over-filling my days sometimes (I can’t help it!), how about you?
Recently though, I found myself having to slow down, stay home and not do terribly much for a couple of weeks. Ugh. Cut to me lying in bed, watching my usual range of high-quality movies like The Ugly Dachshund (in which a Great Dane pupper thinks he is a Dachshund…I swear this is a real film and NOT a fever hallucination!) and Cool Runnings (can I get a YASS?). I also drank endless cups of blackcurrant tea, barely looked at my phone and slept a lot – I think I got my sleep quota for the year in a very short period of time!
Usually, some down time would encourage me to be productive in some way. Makeup clear outs, reorganising the cupboards, writing and researching are a few of my usual go-to’s for a day at home. But this time, I just didn’t have the energy – and instead of feeling weird about doing nothing, there was something telling me that I needed it.
But despite having zero energy, I still almost found myself asking for permission to slow down – which sounds so silly when you say it out loud but I’m sure I’m not alone in this! How did we get here?
After a day or two, the guilt (again, so silly!) went away and I started to see the value in just relaxing and not filling my mind with activities. I felt like I was investing in myself for the first time in ages – something that (ironically!) I always encourage other people to do.
After this period of rest, I felt SO MUCH BETTER. I was recharged and refocused on what I wanted to do and, in a short period of time, I can already see the benefits on my work projects, my personal life and my overall health.
Slowing down truly allowed me to bounce back with more energy (I didn’t know that I had more energy, but there you have it!), so now I incorporate this into my weekly routine. I set aside time to relax, hang out on the sofa, watch something fun for a few hours and just enjoy being in the moment. And speaking of TV, can I share my latest Netflix obsession with you? Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee – get on this, friends!
I’ve found that this quiet time at home is the yin to my overactive yang – it’s that fine balance that allows me to give my best and feel good about what I’m doing. Give yourself permission to slow down and I promise you’ll see the positive impact it can have! And PS: if you’re looking for some extra tips, here are five ways to hit pause (written by yours truly in 2016!).