I really needed to slow down recently due to a health issue, and it wasn’t until I had to do so that I noticed a plethora of really unhelpful feelings and judgements. I hope this may help you to make that shift even if you feel like you cannot see the wood for the trees right now, it can change darling:
I had to really accept that I needed rest, and to completely slow down. If we are being totally honest I felt lazy and like a failure (fun mindset right) so I needed to really learn to accept that physically I was actually being told to rest and mentally I needed it too.
Each day I tried to think of something that I could consider a small win. I remember the biggest one when I could finally walk my dog again and didn’t feel in pain. It could also be something as simple as cooking a meal at home, which honestly, felt like the biggest task.
I am my own worst enemy sometimes as will keep things bottled up before overflowing and crying in a heap on the floor. However, this time I spoke to everyone, all the time (sorry mum) and I found myself laughing through some pretty tough moments and truly allowing myself to feel support from others.
When I looked in the mirror each day I did this one thing that I have never done before – I told myself how proud am I and just how far I’ve come through some really hard times. This is such a top-line action I know but it felt necessary to do so. Infact I recorded a whole podcast on this topic (click here to listen)
Slow pace wins the race:
We are not about forceful action here, nor are we about shouting the loudest to make our point. But what we are also not about is totally slowing down to a stand still. I found a pace that worked for me and I totally dismissed my time blocking. Now, this is not something I will stay with forever, as that system works the best for me, but during this time I just let the day lead me. If I needed to nap I would, some days I stayed in bed all day. I really do believe that by doing this I have actually speeded up the recovery process as I just let it all be.
I say all of this knowing that I am very lucky to be in this position to be able to take as much time as I need. However, some of these practices apply to anyone in any position.
So my little note to you is to hang in there, you are doing SO well, keep going at your own pace. Whatever that looks like for you…