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A Friendly Reminder to Slow Down…

Before life forces you to slow down.

Last week my thoughts were racing at a pace I’ve never experienced before.
My stress levels were higher than they’ve ever been before.

Last Tuesday afternoon, while trying to power through lack of sleep, stress, depression, & anxiety, I felt pressure in my head, almost blacked out, & life was on pause for about 10 minutes.

It wasn’t just to a point where I had to slow down, I had to stop. Clock out. Turn everything off.
I was speaking at a slower rate. Even walking at a slower pace. & my only thought was fear.

After calling my mom & taking a nap I began to reflect on what could have caused my body to react this way:
– stressful work conditions (despite working from home)
– depression
– anxiety
– grief
– isolation/loneliness
– terrible health habits
– sleep apnea (apparently?)

7 is usually a number that represents perfection, but unfortunately in this case, these 7 unchecked factors are contributing to my downfall.

Things that have helped me recover in the last week & a half are:
– reading tasks slowly out loud & re-reading to make sure I understand
– focusing on one task at a time
– being ok with not getting everything done if there isn’t enough time
– not working overtime
– not putting pressure on myself
– taking 5 minute screen breaks
– getting a neck massager & using before bed
– prayer
– asking for help
– talking to my therapist
– writing out a positive thought to focus on every day (trying this for 30 days)

I also plan to go on vacation from work for a bit, something I’ve never done before.

I realize now that it’s time for many things to change, & I look forward to working on that. May my not-so-friendly reminder help you to understand the importance of pacing yourself – of taking care of yourself & allowing yourself to heal before you try being something or someone to others.

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