Subtle Signs That It's Time to Slow Down

February 9, 2020

We all lead busy lives. With jobs to maintain, families and pets to care for, homes to run and a million and one other responsibilities to keep in check, it can feel like we don’t stop from the moment of waking up to the moment of going to bed. There’s so much to get done, we can actually feel guilty for stopping to rest. But this shouldnt be the case, running yourself ragged can have serious implications on your life, so it’s important to be able to read the signs and know when you should start slowing down or take a break. Here are some ideas. 

You’re regularly getting injured or unwell
A common sign of burnout is when your body starts giving up on you. From pain in your feet from too much walking to joint issues such as knee and elbow pain, pulled muscles or frequent minor illnesses such as coughs and colds- pay attention to your body. Everyone can suffer illnesses and aches and pains now and again, but if it feels as though you’re ill again just as soon as you recover then it can be a sign that you’re doing too much. Your body needs physical rest, whether it’s from an intense exercise regime you’ve been doing to an active job, or even just running around after your young kids. Don’t be afraid to book time off work or ask for help from relatives, give yourself a bit of time to rejuvinate and you’ll feel so much better for it. 

You feel frazzled and overwhelmed
As well as your physical body, take cues from your mind in regards to burnout. Are you feeling increasingly stressed? Are you forgetful, struggling to sleep and constantly fatigued and not at your best? Resting your body can also be a chance to rest your mind. Do something fun that you enjoy, practice meditation, book yourself in for a massage or pamper yourself at home. When your mind is filled with chaos you need peace and relaxation, some time for yourself and a chance to take a break from the daily stresses of life. 

Your performance in all areas is being affected
Finally, even if you’re not good at noticing cues in your body or mind, you’ll probably know when you’re pushing yourself too hard when your performance in life is being affected. Maybe you’re making mistakes at work or not making good progress in the gym. Perhaps you keep missing appointments for the kids, or the house is slowly getting messier where you cant keep on top of it. Take a look at the daily tasks you’re supposed to be doing and ask if your performance is suffering. If it is, a break and a little time off can mean when you return you’re better than ever.

Are you good at noticing when you’re doing too much, or are you constantly overworked and burned out? 

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