The one with slowing things down


This sign is on the wall of my office at my internship and I see it for 8 hours every Thursday.


Interestingly, the thing that jumps out to me immediately is relaxation… yeah, I probably need to do a little more of that.

Does anyone else find it really hard to slow down? My uni year is over but between work and my internship I feel like I am still in go go go mode. While the 9-5 grind is normal I am notorious for piling a billion things onto my schedule beyond that. So my current major thing I am trying to work on is saying that magic little word… no.

So how am I going to do this? The major thing for me is asking myself if I am saying yes for myself or to please someone else. People-pleasing is for realsies way too easy for me to fall into. By asking myself this question I can see more easily what my actual needs are without putting them aside for the needs of others.

And in a weird way, yoga helps me so much with this. Not only is it a relaxing time out for me, but it is like the ultimate self care and reminds me to extend that to the rest of my life too. There is something so nurturing about doing yoga that reminds me to pay some extra attention to what my unique personal needs are. And while it’s amazing during the holiday season to focus on others, I think it’s really important to focus on ourselves too so we don’t get burnt out.


(Image from here)

Also, when I do slow things down, I appreciate what I am actually doing a lot more.

So: no to social events I am too tired for, overdoing it workout-wise, and feeling like I need to explore every inch of Sydney within the next month now that I am on holiday from uni. Sydney is not going anywhere. This also means a big old yes to relaxation, yoga, me-time, mindless tv, and restoring my frazzled little self. Hermit life, I am coming for you (after Christmas 😉 ).

Are you a people-pleaser?

How do you slow things down? 

Fave way to relax? 

Which word jumps out at you the most on the above poster?

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2 Responses to The one with slowing things down

  1. I hope you do get to slow down and just enjoy the holiday! I have a hard time slowing down when my family is around (because I feel like I have to always be busy, my fault!), so my “me” time is right after the kids go to bed and I can just chill out with a magazine if I want to, or watch TV. “Adventure” really stands out for me on your poster. haha! 😉 Have a Merry Christmas!!


  2. I completely identify with everything you just said! Saying no is definitely hard for me, too. One of my goals for the upcoming semester is to focus a little bit more on how what I’m doing is making ME feel (i.e. tired because I’m not getting enough sleep, drained from too many activities, etc.) rather than ALWAYS saying yes just to be accommodating… at the expense of my own stress levels!


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