#86 - How to slow down without feeling guilty or lazy and boost your impact
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Why It's Hard to Slow Down and What You Can Do About It
In a world where the workload has exploded, and everyone is always busy, taking a break can feel like a luxury. However, research has shown that slowing down and taking breaks is crucial for maintaining productivity, reducing stress levels, and improving overall mental health. In this blog post, we'll explore the reasons why it's hard to slow down, and what you can do to finally manage it.
Pressure to Perform
One of the reasons why people struggle to take breaks is the pressure to perform. In today's fast-paced world, there is a lot of pressure to be productive and efficient all the time. People feel that if they take a break, they might fall behind their colleagues and not meet their goals. This pressure can be even greater in some careers where there is a lot of competition. In these fields, it's common for people to work long hours and sacrifice their personal life to get ahead.However, research has shown that taking regular breaks is actually crucial for maintaining productivity and avoiding burnout.
Another reason why it can be hard to slow down is the fear of facing emotions that we may have been avoiding. When we're constantly busy, we don't have to think about what's bothering us or what we're feeling. And when we take a break, we suddenly have the time and space to confront these emotions and feelings. This can be a scary and overwhelming experience for some people, especially if they're dealing with feelings of anxiety, depression, or stress. It can also be uncomfortable to take a break because of the guilt that comes from facing our emotions. But it's important to understand that taking a break is a necessary part of maintaining good mental health and being performance.
The Consequences of Suppressing Emotions
When we suppress our emotions and avoid facing them, it can lead to several negative consequences. Research has shown that avoiding or suppressing negative emotions can lead to increased levels of stress, anxiety, and depression. Our emotions are stored in our bodies, and not processing them means that they accumulate and continue to affect us. This can manifest in physical symptoms such as headaches, muscle tension, and sleep problems, as well as mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Suppression of emotions can also affect our relationships and interactions with others, as we might struggle to communicate effectively, leading to conflicts and misunderstandings.
How to Slow Down and Take a Break
So, what can you do to finally slow down and take a break? Here are some tips:
· Recognize the benefits of taking a break.Instead of seeing taking a break as being lazy, recognize it as a way to recharge and refocus, which can lead to increased productivity in the long run.
· Make time for yourself. Set aside some time each day to do something you enjoy, whether it's reading a book, taking a walk, or meditating.
· Learn to manage your emotions. Instead of avoiding or suppressing negative emotions, try to face them and understand what's bothering you. You can do this by journaling, talking to a trusted friend, or simply noticing and accepting the emotions as they arise.
· Take small breaks throughout the day.Instead of waiting for a big break, take a few minutes every hour to stretch, take a walk, or simply relax.
· Set boundaries. Make sure to set boundaries at work and in your personal life, and stick to them. This means saying no to commitments that are not important and taking time off when you need it.
How will you slowing down and pausing be perceived by others?
But how do you handle the fear of how it will be perceived by colleagues, boss or customers who may not understand the benefits of taking breaks?
Here are some tips to help you overcome these fears and encourage a more balanced approach to work:
1. Communicate: Explain your reasoning for taking breaks to your colleagues, boss and customers. Let them know that it's not because they are not important, but because you want to deliver an even better job by recharging.
2. Lead by example: If you're a leader, encourage others to take breaks and recharge as well. This will help create a more positive and supportive work culture.
3. Set clear boundaries: Make sure to have a clear boundary between work and personal time to avoid feeling guilty for taking a break.
4. Be confident: Taking breaks and recharging is an important part of being a high-performing worker. Embrace it and show confidence in your decision to prioritize your well-being.
5. Schedule breaks: Set important meetings with yourself for breaks in your calendar and stick to it. This will help you prioritize your work and avoid overworking.
In conclusion, taking breaks and recharging is crucial for your well-being and performance. By communicating, leading by example, setting clear boundaries, being confident and scheduling breaks, you can overcome any fears and concerns you may have. Start today and embrace a more balanced approach to work.