While life may have forced the large majority of us to unwillingly slow down and have a break from the fast-paced treadmill of life through the pandemic and lockdowns, simply slowing down is something we need to incorporate more of into our daily lives – without it being forced! You don’t need to have a page long to-do list every day to have a purpose. You don’t need to utilize every woken hour of every day to achieve greatness. You don’t need to be so busy that you actually forget to live.

The problem is that most of us have been programmed to believe that we have to constantly be on the move, hurrying from one task or place to the next, and overworking ourselves to be capable of success.  And the problem with this problem is that living like this is not sustainable, nor does it allow us to fully appreciate all the moments of our lives that we are so privileged to have . It is not possible to maintain a fast-paced lifestyle without experiencing stress, health issues and breakdowns. This fast-paced world we live in is a part of the reason why we, as a society, experience so many stress-related diseases such as depression, anxiety, weight issues and heart disease.

So, let’s slow down. Let’s remember that slowing down is so okay.

We can actually achieve more when we take the time that we need (and deserve) to slow down. Slowing down allows us to reduce stress, to regain balance in life and to move through our daily existence more mindfully. Here are three important things to remember when incorporating ways to slow down into your life:

  1. Appreciate what you already have

We often find ourselves constantly trying to achieve more so that we can obtain more. Reflecting on and appreciating the things that you have already achieved and already obtained can reduce your desire for more. Take a few moments throughout the day to appreciate the little things that you would often overlook amongst the rush of life.

  1. It’s actually okay to say no

We love to take on more than we can achieve, but we also having a fear of saying no. It’s okay to say no to things that you don’t have the capacity for. Even if it’s simply saying no to meeting a friend for a coffee or a drink when it’s going to add too much to your agenda.

  1. Don’t feel guilty for doing nothing

Because our society places so much value on achievement and productivity, we feel pressured to be constantly achieving and doing things. Doing nothing plays an important role in maintaining our well-being and creating balance in our lives. You need time to rest and recharge.

If you think that you don’t have time to slow down, that is all the more reason for it. As we continue to move through the rest of what has been an extremely strange time of our lives, don’t let yourself get too busy trying to make up for what may seem like lost time. Keep prioritizing your physical and mental well-being by finding ways that allow you to slow down. Remember that you are capable and worthy despite how much you do in a day – so don’t be so hard on yourself!