The Seasonal Slow Down

Life can be really fast-paced, and nothing is more daunting than heading in to the Christmas period. There is always an expectation on you in the festive season to be full steam ahead, to do everything to please your friends, your family, your co-workers. When really sometimes, we just need to spend some time working on ourselves, to slow down and really listen to what our body is craving.

When we are constantly on full steam ahead and on the brink of burning out, there is absolutely no way that we can look after everyone around us without focusing on the most important person of all, ourselves. This may sound selfish to some, but in order to give someone else your undying attention then you yourself need to be in a good place. You need a healthy body and a healthy mind, or you may just end up burning out. 

For some reason, at this time of the year, a lot of jobs and errands that have been sitting on the back burner for months come to the forefronts of our mind, especially as we are heading in to the New Year. There is a tremendous amount of pressure to start the New Year with a clean slate and many will do what they can to ensure that this happens. But before you go full pelt, cleaning the house, sorting rooms and doing everything else under the sun. Think to yourself, ‘is this a necessity?‘, if the answer to this question is a No, then why the heck are you stressing yourself out in order to get it done. 

Just because it is a New Year, doesn’t mean that absolutely everything has to change or be perfect, especially if it leads to you becoming miserable in the process. I know that this may come as a shock to many, but it is okay to do nothing. It is okay to allow yourself to do this and still be a good person. In the 20 minutes that you sit and read that book, or do that meditation or whatever you chose to do with your time, the world will not come to an end. 

Take time in this festive period to slow down, it is a season to enjoy, a season to spend time with loved ones and have a general good time. Use it to work on yourself, set your intentions and meditate on them. 

Another part of learning to slow down is getting some rest. The holidays mean that you have the opportunity to get some well-needed sleep. Sleep is so important to a healthy mind, it keeps us alert, heightens our mood and generally improves our overall health. If you struggle to sleep, why not try a Yoga sequence before you snuggle up in bed, there are so many online and on youtube and trust me it will really help and make a difference.

I’m really making a concious effort at the moment to slow down, stop trying to please other people when im heading for burnout and instead work on myself, my own health and wellbeing and then I can devote my full attention to others. 


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