Why You Should Slow Down

why you should slow down

Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is to rest.

Yesterday was a productive day. I learned the basics of Docker and Kubernetes (I’m a software developer by profession and I do love me some tech), wrote blog posts for my tech blog, made lunch, and also worked on my blog. I have been busy.

Actually, I have been crazy busy for the last couple of months. Working from home is surely a blessing in these tough times, but I have been finding myself working longer hours than usual, wearing multiple hats to get the job done and I slowly can see my personal life and professional life blur as I stay confined in my home.

Also, last month I launched a new blog series called ‘Quarantine Diaries‘ where bloggers from over 12 countries shared their stories. It’s the most active I have ever been on the blog and it did take a lot of effort as well.

It’s safe to say that I’m tired – on the edge of burning out. I don’t remember taking a break or a vacation. I have been working on something or the other even on the weekends.

This feeling reminds me of how our society now always tells us to hustle. Do more, hustle more, work more, be busy more. Telling someone that you’re busy has become a norm these days and I’m guilty of this as well (just, see above).

We wear busy as a badge of honor.

But today as I write this after I finally took a day off, I realize how important it is to slow down. To also rest as you hustle. To take a break and not feel guilty for it because sometimes the most productive thing to do is to rest.

You’ll have greater clarity

When we hustle or keep busy, we tend to always be on the move. Checking off things from the to-do list only to swiftly move on to the next. This doesn’t give us the time to self-introspect. To take a step back and see the bigger picture.

When we slow down, we make time for clarity. We see in which direction we are headed and if it’s the path we want to take. We check-in on ourselves and see how we feel about it ultimately helping us to make better decisions.

You’ll be more mindful of your decisions instead of being mindless.

You’ll be healthier

Burning out is real. Mental fatigue is real. Stress is real. Your body needs rest to function. I’m not expanding this point because you all know why this is important. Always prioritize your health.

You’ll enjoy the journey

When you’re healthier, you would tend to enjoy and appreciate the journey instead of associating it with stress and anxiety. You’ll enjoy doing what you love and do it with a purpose and not treat it as another task to complete.

You’ll know the things that matter

When we are busy, we tend to say ‘no’ to a lot of things just because we don’t have the time. Time and energy are finite. But we also say ‘yes’ to a lot of things only to hustle. We don’t stop and see which of them aligns more with our values and which one makes us happier in the long run.


P.S If you were looking for a sign to take a well-deserved break, this is it.

Also read: How To Stop Worrying About Things You Cannot Change

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  1. Ashlyn

    I agree. Everyone needs a break or a day off. It’s important to not get too wrapped up in what you are doing that you don’t spend time with friends and family.

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  2. middleagefanclub

    It’s odd. Lockdown has made a lot of people slow down in many ways, but there is also a strange pressure to catch up with the things you couldn’t do so much before. You’re right. We still need to pause every so often.

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      Sakshi Raina

      It surely is, I also feel that I have been working more since the lockdown started and I think it’s because of no clear separation? When I went to office, I could shut myself off as soon as I step out but now since I’m working from home – I send that one last email, that one last call and that goes for my blog as well.

  3. Alexandria Rae

    Thank you for sharing! Over the course of the last few months I’ve realised how much I have benefitted from slowing down and focusing more on the here and now. My perspective on so many different aspects of life has dramatically changed and I feel so ready to tackle everything that is thrown my way once life goes back to normal. Great post 🙂

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  4. Sumedha

    A very relatable and lovely post. I was guilty of being super busy when lockdown first started but now I’ve learnt to balance it out by taking 1 day a week off. I may work on my blog in the nights, but one entire day is to relax, spend time with my mom, and just be.

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  5. clairelomax2018

    What a brilliant post! Thank you for highlighting the importance of slowing down and not being on the go constantly.

    You’re so right about wearing Busy as a badge, I totally do that!

    The one thing I will take away from 2020 is that it is OK to slow down and stop once in a while. In fact it’s more than OK it is essential!

    Thank you for sharing x

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  6. The Twenty Percent

    I couldn’t agree more with this post. I’ve also been struggling with properly switching off and taking a break at the moment, so really needed to read this. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Vinn

    Cheers to you for taking a break! Yes we need this! I’ve been in this stage where my life was work and go home to sleep. And we’ll never know that it is starting to harm us. We don’t want to wait for the day when our system collapses and sorry is always late. So take a break, every task will finish at some point.
    Don’t get so worked out. Life is more than that. 💕

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  8. Allison

    I’m always someone that keeps myself busy to distract myself from anxiety/depression, but the only thing it does is add on more stress and avoidance! Slowing down would be so much easier on the mind. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Cheyenne

    So true! I constantly feel like I have a million things on my to-do list, so some days it’s nice to just slow it down and stop trying to do everything all at once.

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  10. bathisolo

    Agree! It’s like being on the move all the time is a fancy thing to do. This is why I shortened my To Do list haha

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  11. Amanda

    What a good reminder. Sometimes the best thing we can do for our self is rest. And most of us are guilty of wearing the ‘busy’ word as a badge of honour, even when we are doing things that don’t really matter to us.

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  12. Jade

    You’re right. We do wear busy as a badge of honor, never taking the time to stop and smell the roses. Rest is so very important and it’s one of the best things we can do for our mental health.

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  13. Merry

    Thank you for these great tips! I’m getting older and need to take break from work haha Sometimes I just too focus and forget my environment 🙁

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  14. Reema D'souza

    I definitely agree with you! And yes, I know I need a break but I haven’t been able to take one. I have been working on weekends also and that leaves me with no time to do the things that I like. Hopefully this weekend will be better.

    You made the right choice by taking a break! Hope you are feeling better and refreshed after the break.

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      Sakshi Raina

      I felt a bit better that night but the week started again xD
      No, I’m actually pretty busy and I think most of it comes from work. I think of taking a day off every week but my calendar gets booked so fast that I then cannot miss any meetings. Ah! My birthday is up soon, I’m hoping to take a mini break then.

      I hope you get to relax and just be soon. It’s hard to work on something or the other 24×7, you deserve the break!

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  15. Love, Em

    I agree with this post, and think it is so beautiful. We miss so much by looking at our phones, being busy to fill up time and just because live can be moving quickly sometimes. It is vital that we look up and take more things in, otherwise we will miss it. Slowing down is really important, I love this post!

    Em | http://www.loveemblog.com

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  16. Nancy

    I totally agree with you. Sometimes, we are in such a rush that we don’t get to capture everything around us in full. I like being busy but I know I need to slow down. We can give things a better attention. Thanks for sharing all of these amazing tips!

    Nancy ✨ exquisitely.me

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