7 Signs You Need To Slow Down For Better Results
Sometimes the best thing you can do for your health and fitness is to do less not more.
Recently a few people have expressed to me that they feel out of control of the ‘busy’ in their lives. They feel like there is no way of slowing down the intense level of commitments that leave them exhausted, flustered and no longer feeling vibrant and well.
It is so common to feel a lot of pressure from ourselves and others to say ‘Yes’ to everything, to get involved, to set goals and smash them, to exercise hard all week, to organise and cook exquisite meals, to spend quality time with those we love and to work harder and longer hours…
Sometimes the best thing we can do for our mental and physical health, our relationships and our sense of passion and joy is to slow down and recover a bit more.
Could we do less with more focus?
“But I’ll lose fitness!” is the common cry I hear. Rest, recovery and easy days are part of a smart training program. Did you know that your body needs recovery days in order to get the best fitness results? There’s no need to feel anxious or guilty about giving your body the downtime it needs.
Here are seven signs you need to slow down, manage stress better and get more rest for better health.
Your fuse is short
If you keep blowing up and having extreme emotional reactions when things don’t go to plan your stress levels need attention.
You’ve stopped enjoying things you normally love
Feeling blah? Nothing exciting or fun right now? It’s a sure sign you’re suffering from overload.
You feel tired most of the time
If you can’t remember the last time you didn’t feel tired it’s time to see your GP for blood tests and a chat about how you can balance your life a little better.
You feel overwhelmed or out of control
Have the feeling it’s all too much? Resist the temptation to do more, or fit more in. Rather than make you feel more in control you’ll just get more run down.
You have quite a few niggling injuries, pain or stiffness
If the injury list is piling up, it’s a sign your body needs recovery. Book yourself in for a physio visit and get all issues addressed. Schedule a monthly massage. You need to manage your recovery for improved fitness.
You’re getting sick often
Catching every bug that’s going around? Been ill a few times this year? Your immune system is trying to tell you something.
You find it hard to relax
If you find it hard to slow down or “turn off” when you’re not working, it’s often a sign of high stress and anxiety. Can you just sit quietly with a magazine, book or tv without getting up for numerous tasks, or worrying about other things? Practice just being in the moment and really recharging when you have the opportunity.
How do I find my own healthy balance?
If you’re feeling happy and well, and your stress levels are low, then you’ve probably found your perfect balance of busy. However, if any of the above points sound familiar, perhaps it’s time for a change? I’d recommend you look for strategies to manage your stress better and incorporate more recovery time. Sometimes doing more and trying harder is counterproductive.
I think it’s important that we ask ourselves what need we’re trying to fulfil by overachieving and overcommitting at the expense of our health and happiness? Are we searching for approval or validation from ourselves or others? So what if we slow down and take more time out? What are we afraid of? What awesome things could we gain by letting go of doing too much?
If a couple of the above points sound familiar to you I’d recommend you look for strategies to manage your stress better, keep an eye on your amount of exercise, and incorporate more recovery time into your fitness program. Sometimes doing more and trying harder is counterproductive.