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We are lucky enough to live in a fast paced society full of opportunities. Social media has opened up new jobs and incredible chances for young millennials - especially women, and I am proud to say that I am one of them. I see so many of us, doing wonderful things that it definitely inspires me to work even harder.
I don't know about you but I put a lot of pressure on myself to succeed. If I'm not being productive and on my A game, I think I'm failing or falling behind - whilst everyone else is charging in front of me.
I know I'm doing well and all my hard work is paying off and hopefully (fingers crossed) my career will continue to go on the up. However one thing I've learnt is that, with success comes great burdens and one of those burdens is 'burning out'. As a society, we are more stressed and anxious than ever. A lot of us don't get enough sleep and don't take enough time out to just be. There is a misconception that slowing down means you are hindering your success and spending time to practice self care, means you're selfish (it isn't).
So what happens when everything gets too much? How do we know when we should stopping saying yes and start saying no? When do we take time off?
Well, I'm going to tell you.
You can't remember when you did something nice for yourself. Its so important to do stuff that makes you happy, other than work of course. For me, its getting out and about - shopping, treating myself to my favourite breakfast (scrambled eggs on toast with a side of bacon FYI) and indulging in either a massage or a pedicure (sometimes even both). If you follow me on Twitter, you'd know that I'm actually pretty unwell at the moment. I ignored my body and mind when it was telling me to slow down and then I became completely rundown which resulted in getting the worst.cold.ever. So I decided to take a week off work, for the most part I stayed in to rest, but on the weekend - I headed to the shops. With the help of Nike & their new Black & White Collection that is size inclusive, might I add (go Nike). I was comfortable yet stylish. Flu who? Not me!
Nike are a brand I've been wearing since I could probably walk and I'm so so happy that they've decided to extend their sizes to fit the bigger girl (aka me lol), but without compromising on style or the classic Nike branding. When it comes to shopping or running errands, comfort for me is absolutely key - leggings, trainers and a warm piece of outerwear is my uniform.
You're not getting enough sleep or staying asleep. Having difficulty getting shut eye, is a really obvious sign for me to slow down and take some time off. My usual sleep pattern is 11pm - 7am but when I'm overworked, I just can't switch off. Have you ever scrolled through Twitter until 2am, your eyes are stinging but you can't go to bloody bed? I have lol. Then I'm unproductive the next day, moody and tired. Not cool maaaan.
You keep forgetting things. In one week I left my bank card and oyster at home TWICE, whilst having an entire day in Central London of back to back meetings. WHO DOES THAT LOL? I had to order food on UberEats which is hella expensive and I just felt like I didn't have my shit together. My brain just doesn't function when it has too much to process.
Your health isn't like it used to be. Like I mentioned earlier, I'm super unwell at the moment and I never usually get sick. A few days ago I sneezed and snot landed on my lip (tmi I know) lol. My immune system just cannot fight off infections when I'm stressed and for some people, they even get reoccurring cold sores or headaches. Rubbish!
You can't turn switch off after work. Have you ever felt like you have 10,000 thoughts running through your head and no matter what you do, you can't silence them? Same!
If you're feeling any of the above, then you might want to slow down. Not necessarily taking an entire week off, but maybe a day or the weekend. I guess just try and be more mindful of your health and the importance of self care and taking time out to recuperate. Time off won't slow you down, it actually does the opposite. You'll find that making brain space and allowing your body to rest, enables you to do more. You'll have the energy and mental capacity to think more and do more.
Some stuff to do when you slow downHave a bath. Light some candles. Treat yourself to new clothes. Get a massage. Get a facial. Have your favourite breakfast. Get cocktails with your girls. Netflix and chill. Netflix and no chill lol. Spend a weekend at a spa. Bake chocolate fudge brownies. Lay in a blanket and listen to music. Draw. Read. Get a haircut. Watch Harry Potter. Spend the entire day in your pjs. Place an ASOS order. Check in with loved ones. Treat yourself to some new sports wear from NIKE ;)
This post is sponsored by Nike via RewardStyle.