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Signs That You Need to Slow Down

on January 31, 2017

While we can all aspire to be superwoman (or superman), there comes a time when we need to stop what we’re doing and take a breather. It’s not good for our bodies or our minds to be running a marathon all of the time.

So before it gets to the point where you’re having crazy philosophical dreams that are telling you to calm it down, learn to recognize the signs that you may be overdoing it.

  1. You are tired all of the time. It’s normal to feel a bit tired after a long day at work or after a rough night’s sleep. But when tiredness and exhaustion start to seep into your bones on a daily schedule, it might be time to give your body a chance to rest up.
  2. Your anxiety levels are through the roof. Sure, we tend to get butterflies when we have a big presentation coming up or we got assigned a big report at the last moment. However, it is very bad when your levels of stress cause worry to take over your thoughts and affect your work quality. Sometimes stress can be positive, but in this case it’s only going to bring you down. Learn to say no and take off some of the workload that is causing you to chew your fingernails down to the quick.
  3. Sleep is like something out of a movie. Not real. And it’s starting to look like a galaxy far, far away is something you could get to sooner than you can fall asleep. Your mind is always racing and you can’t calm down enough to enter dreamland. When I hit this point, chamomile tea always helps to calm me down. Maybe try some meditation or calm stretches before hitting the sack.
  4. Your memory is starting to be finicky. Did you turn off the curling iron before leaving to go to work? Wasn’t that report supposed to be due tomorrow and not today at 9:00 AM? Since you are always on the go, it’s no surprise that a hundred things are racing through your mind. However, when it’s hard to remember even things that you marked down, it’s probably time to take a step back.
  5. You get easily aggravated. Are you snapping at your boyfriend all the time? Did you accidentally yell at mom over the phone? When your stress levels are high, so are your emotions. It’s easy to get angry over something small and to break down at any mistake that might occur. Take a deep breathe and try not to take it out on people who may not have done anything wrong (unless maybe they did).
  6. Going out seems more like a chore than fun. Maybe you don’t like to go out – personally, ever since I started living on my own I feel that I have become a bit of a hermit. But it might be a bad sign if going out is something you usually do (and not just to the club, but maybe to dinner with a friend or out to the movies) and you’ve started saying no to every invitation you receive.

I will be the first one to say that overworking yourself is not good – been there, done that and nothing good came out of it. Your health is most important, so remember that it is so so important to take care of yourself. What you do today paves the way for who you will be in the future – and maybe your work is taking you to that great place in your life. But if you don’t rest up and give yourself a break, you may not quite make it to your dreams in the condition that you need to be in.

How do you give yourself a rest, dear readers? Any helpful tips on maintaining healthy stress levels and your sanity? Feel free to share and comment below.

Until next time,


2 responses to “Signs That You Need to Slow Down

  1. I enjoyed reading your article Brittany. The same thing happened to me a few months ago. I am too busy working as a website manager and I reached a point where I think I need to slow down for a bit.

    I choose to hang out with friends and do some outdoor activity such as camping, hiking, and do swimming.

    I am feeling much better and can have a quality sleep which have an impact to my productivity.

    Love your article

    • Brittany says:

      Glad to know that you took the time to take a step back and take care of yourself! It can be hard to slow down, but it’s so so important. Thanks for taking the time to read!

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