In this “Rev” episode, I am talking all about putting on the brakes. Similar to the question from my Rear View wrap up: “How do you know when it’s time to put on the brakes?” Lately, I have not been very good at taking it easy and as a result, my body ended up giving me some big signs that it was time to slow down. So I did. And here’s what I discovered:
- Productivity is however you define it. I picked *one thing* to accomplish on my day of rest so as not to feel like I totally wasted a day. Once that one thing was accomplished, everything else was icing on the cake.
- It’s important to plan ahead for self-care, otherwise it can easily be pushed aside. It doesn’t have to be a ton of time, 15-20 minutes of quiet time, a hot shower or bath, a walk around the block, a drive blasting feel good tunes… but schedule it in, and make it a non-guilty, non-negotiable
- Get to bed early. Again, this might take some forward planning. I set alarms for myself. I remove distractions from the bedroom (ahem: my phone), I drink some night-time tea… whatever it takes to get that bed time routine going. You ultimately decide on what that looks like.
- Ask for help / accept help that is being offered. I love to feel like I’m “doing it all”, but we are certainly not capable of doing it all without some support. Ask for help, accept help – and move on. No guilt attached.
- Finally – breathe. Take a deep breath. Sigh. Pause. And then, carry on. This doesn’t mean burying big emotions or only taking a second to breathe, then going back to crazy-reactive mode, but taking time to breathe and check in will allow you to carry on in *hopefully* a better, more calm and collected mindset.
So… how do YOU know when it’s time to put on the brakes? Would love to connect more on this – feel free to leave a comment below or over on my Instagram.
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