How Do You Know if Slow Living is Right for You?

How Do You Know if Slow Living is Right for You?

If your mind, body and soul are crying out for you to slow down you’re probably experiencing a few of these things:

Physical:

  1. Fatigue: Constant tiredness and low energy levels, even after a full night’s sleep.
  2. Headaches: Annoying tension headaches, like your head is in a vice.
  3. Digestive Issues: You know, gurgling, discomfort, wind… it’s hard for your body to digest food properly if you are in flight or fight mode.
  4. Sleep Problems: Difficulty either falling asleep or staying asleep, (more commonly the latter.) Also waking up after plenty of hours of sleep but not feeling refreshed.
  5. Muscle Tension: Persistent muscle tension, especially in the neck, shoulders, and back, jaw and abdomen.
  6. A Struggling Immune System: Feeling under the weather quite often.
  7. Changes in Appetite: Either overeating or loss of appetite – often a mix of both, a bit like a yoyo.
  8. Rapid Heartbeat: Increased heart rate and a persistent feeling of being on edge or anxious.

Emotional:

  1. Anxiety: Like a worry that won’t go – there’s always something nagging at you.
  2. Irritability: Impatience, a short temper, snapping at people you love then feeling guilty.
  3. Mood Swings: Feeling full of energy and drive one minute then lethargic and hopeless the next. As time goes on you start feeling more and more of the latter and less of the former.
  4. Difficulty Concentrating: Finding it hard to focus when people are telling you things or when you’re taking in any information.
  5. Feelings of Overwhelm: Feeling like everything is just too much.
  6. Sense of Helplessness: Feeling like you are not as in control of life as you want to be.
  7. Low Motivation: Feeling like you just can’t be bothered to do even the smallest of things.
  8. Depersonalization: Feeling disconnected from yourself or a sense of disassociation from your surroundings.

Behavioural:

  1. Procrastination: Delaying things you need to do, even if you know they won’t take long.
  2. Increased Consumption of Stimulants: Reliance on caffeine, nicotine, or other stimulants. This can creep in without you even realizing.
  3. Social Withdrawal: Isolating yourself from social interactions and withdrawing from relationships.
  4. Neglecting Yourself: Being so busy that self care completely goes out the window.
  5. Disorganization: Finding it difficult to organize your day and your tasks.
  6. Perfectionism: Setting unrealistic expectations on yourself in order to ‘catch up’.
  7. Escapist Behaviors: Things like excessive screen time, alcohol or substance abuse, or compulsive shopping, all in an attempt to zone out from the pressure you’re feeling on a constant basis.

If you recognize any (or all) of these points you’re getting clear signals that it’s time to slow down.

Here’s a good place to start: You Don’t Need to Overhaul Everything, Just Do One Thing:

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