Home Management,  Life Balance

Slow Down, It Will Still Get Done

I was talking to my husband a few days ago while we were taking a drive and the subject of speed came up. That’s when I started thinking about how much I have slowed down in my own life. Now my husband not only drives fast but he also walks fast. He believes in getting things done without delay. On the other hand, I like to enjoy the view and take my time. 

I wasn’t always like that. I didn’t move as fast as he does but I would do things as fast as I could out of laziness mostly. The faster I get my work done, the faster I get to sit back down on the couch. Yeah, I used to be a lazy homemaker.

Saying that, doing things slower does not automatically make you lazy either. I feel that it gives your body and brain time to experience more. As homemakers, we have a lot that we have to get done in a day. Our first thought is let me hurry up and get this done so I can get to that thing.

In today’s society, life can move very fast. We seem to think that we should always be doing more, staying busy, and constantly running around. But while it is important to keep our goals in mind and work hard to achieve them, we also need downtime to regroup. Here are some reasons why you might want to live a slower life.

Prevent Burn Out

We hear this word all the time, more than we should. Everyone faces burnout at some point, but it is actually completely preventable. We tend to have burnout when you are overwhelmed, work too much, and just try to handle everything without giving ourselves enough breaks. Some things are just not physically possible.

Burnout causes stress and a feeling of being overwhelmed. Our bodies give us warnings, but we fail to listen. You might find that you can’t focus on work, your productivity goes down, or you lose interest in things you used to enjoy working on. These are all common signs of burnout. 

Most of the time these signs go unnoticed until it’s too late. We drink coffee to have more energy and take pain killers to push through. I must admit that I still do this from time to time. This can lead to so many health issues. But if we could just slow down and really listen to our bodies, burnout can be avoided.

Clarity

This was a big one for me. Slowing down and giving yourself more time off can also help you to gain some clarity. If you have been struggling with making decisions, this can help. Maybe you have been working your butt off but can’t see any results. This can often be from a lack of clarity. You need to slow down and sometimes even stop what you’re doing, take a step back, and evaluate what you have been working on and how you spend your time. You just might find the piece that’s missing. 

I have had to step back on so many things, especially my children. I used to get at them to do their chores, stop jumping on things, use their inside voice. Once I gave up out of pure frustration, I realized that my kids had other qualities that I could get them to use to offset the bad ones. Then I realized that the “bad qualities” weren’t bad at all, they were kids being kids. And that they should be able to express themselves at home. I just had to help them find a creative way to do it.

Slow down and you might be able to work with or use the thing you have been fighting.

Get Things Done

With just a little more time in between projects and daily responsibilities, you can focus on what is most important in your life at the time. Maybe that means more self-care time, spending time with loved ones, or in some cases, just figuring out where your work priorities are. As homemakers, this is very important.

If it’s almost dinner time and you are working on cleaning the bathrooms, dinner will be late. If dinner is late, you will have hungry humans whining and crying. With little and big humans hungry and cranky, you get stressed and aggravated. Hope you see where I’m going with this.

Slowing down is essential to figuring out what your progress is and deciding if the task you are currently on is the right one. I sometimes find that I get more down going slower. I know it sounds crazy but its true.

Know When to Stop

There can be some hidden sources of stress that you may not even realize is affecting you physically and mentally. We often move so quickly from one thing to the next, that we don’t stop long enough to check in on ourselves. When was the last time you asked yourself if everything is okay?

I just think about what I ask my husband and kids….How did you sleep? Did everything go okay today? How are you feeling? Do you need a hug? Do you need help with something? …….. If you don’t remember the last time you just stopped to pay attention to your own mind and thoughts and how your body feels, it is possible you are missing out on some important sources of stress that need to be addressed. This can be solved by just slowing down, it will still get done.

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