Last week was a bust. Nothing went right. I had such intense headaches it was disabling at times. On top of that I had big website troubleshooting issues drop in my lap from various clients. Needless to say, that did NOT help my headaches, probably made them worse at times.
All my plans for better self-care and less time on the computer for work went right out the window.
Plans, they seem to always go awry. I had commitments, things to do, blog posts to write, business plans and objectives to work on and move forward with. By the end of the week I was feeling exhausted, drained and ready for the weekend. A weekend full of different responsibilities and an opportunity to hit reset for the next week.
These are the times when you need to stop, pause, take a deep breath and give yourself permission to stop pushing so hard.
That in and of itself is hard. Personally I have realized that I have trained myself to push through even when I probably shouldn’t. Pushing through to reach the next goal.
There is most definitely a time and place to push through. But there is also a time and place where it perfectly acceptable to slow down, stop pushing so hard and to even stop.
Sadly, we rarely do until someone else gives us permission to or we have no choice.
I’ve had to step back and ask some questions:
- What is my body trying to tell me?
- Where are these headaches coming from?
- Is it something I can control and fix?
- Do I need help?
There are times the pushing and striving pushes you over the edge and you mind and body scream in protest. Maybe you just need more sleep, some downtime, look at eating habits, or get off the computer and get outside.
There are other times when you do need to seek advice from someone else to help pinpoint what is going on. Sometimes it is a combination for both.
While I’m seeking help from my doctor I find it also helps to look around and see what I can control and fix on my end like:
- Is my home office work station set-up ergonomically?
- Would a standing desk help?
- Am I taking regular breaks from the computer during the day?
- How are my eating habits and diet?
- Am I getting enough sleep?
- Are there essential oils I could be using?
- Am I planning my day or letting it plan me?
- What needs to drop off my project list for a while?
- Am I getting enough exercise?
- Do I need to say no to more often?
Basically it is time to do a personal audit and try taking my own advice. It is much easier to give advice than to take it don’t you think??
So today, I’m going to stop the glorification of busy and work on hitting the reset button over the weekend. I’m giving myself permission to hit the pause button and not push so hard.
Here are a few other ways to hit pause:
- Take a Break Kit Ideas
- The Benefits of Adventures
- Finding New Ways to Rest and Retreat
- The Benefits of Keeping a Journal
- Overcoming Burnout: Warning Signs, Recovery and Prevention
- Creating Your Personal Maintenance Plan
Do you need to hit pause today?
Marta Goertzen is an entrepreneur, writer and nature photographer. She daily explores the trails and beaches of the South Central Oregon Coast with her buddy Bailey. You can follow along on their adventures on Instagram. She is also the author of several books including her newest, “Choosing Gratitude: A Daily Quiet Time Journal”.