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How to slow down when being busy is all you know

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‘Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans’ ~John Lennon

Can I ask you a question?

When someone asks you how you have been going, what do you tend to answer:

a) ‘Good thanks, life is pretty great!’

b) ‘Not so hot at the moment actually.’

or

c) ‘I’ve just been really busy.’

I’m wagering that if you are like most women I know, ‘c’ is your default answer.

So why has busy become the default badge of choice for the modern mum to wear at all times?

Is it because we are supposed to have a successful and meaningful career, run a well organised household, spend quality time with our kids, catch up with our friends, exercise regularly, visit our extended family, and maybe indulge in a little sexy time with our husbands every now and then?

Well yes, they may all be important things, but here’s the kicker: You are important too.

 

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‘I can take care of everyone~ but first me’

is a motto that I try and live my everyday life by. You should not feel guilty for putting your own needs first every now and then. Because let’s face it, if I am too busy, run down, stressed and tired, then that affects everyone else around me, in particular my family. If the health and wellbeing of my family are a priority for me, then shouldn’t my own health and wellbeing be my number one priority?

 

 

 

So when I feel overwhelm and stress creeping back into my life (and let’s face it, it always does, that’s simply the world we live in) I make a conscious choice to dial down the level of ‘busy’ in my life, and slow right down…

Here are some of my go to ways to kick busy to the kerb:

Don’t push yourself to do something when your gut says no

Turn your FOMO (fear of missing out) into JOMO (joy of missing out)

Take regular guilt free nana naps: short and sweet is the trick for beating fatigue

Try tracking your menstrual cycle and nurture yourself in the lead up to, and during your period

Put your feet up and just chill for a few minutes (also try ‘legs up the wall’)

Have an epsom salts bath by candlelight once a week

Put your phone away and read a great novel before bedtime

Mindfully drink a cup of tea basking in the sunshine

Say no without guilt or long winded explanations

Turn off notifications on your smartphone (you will survive!)

Meditate daily for 5-10 minutes: in a chair, lying down, listening to music or chanting (whatever floats your boat, just give it a try)

Take mini moments through your day to close your eyes, put your hand on your heart and breathe deeply (ps. this is actually a form of meditation, but if you just said to yourself that you can’t meditate, then start with this!)

Pay more attention to what your body needs: food wise, movement wise, rest wise, and make a commitment to yourself to make at least one positive change in each area.

It’s pretty simple really…being busy all the time is overrated, so take some time for a deep breath or two, and give yourself permission to slow down and simply be. Your mind, body and spirit will thank you for it (and quite possibly your family will as well!)

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If you would like to chat to me about how I can help guide you to dial down the busy and bring more calm energy into your life and household, then email me at melissa@melissajeffcott.com and let’s organise an obligation free 20 minute call. 

4 Comments on How to slow down when being busy is all you know

  1. Caylie
    August 25, 2016 at 3:25 pm (11 months ago)

    Thank you for this delightful reminder of all things rejuvenating. I really needed that. I have taken to lying in the park on the way to pick up the kids from school for 15 minutes soaking up the view of clouds and blue sky. Gives me the peace of mind I need to be ready to be a better mum to my kids.

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    • Melissa Jeffcott
      August 26, 2016 at 8:48 am (11 months ago)

      That’s a great idea Caylie: you have the weather to make that happen regularly!

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  2. Alex Frandfors
    August 25, 2016 at 10:13 pm (11 months ago)

    Great advice Mel! x

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