It's so hard to keep up with the pace when the minimum speed limit is 60 mph and you're moving at 35 mph!! For many of us (especially if you are a full-time college student as well as working a full-time job, or in my case running two businesses) life can get VERY busy. Sometimes it may feel like everyone around you is going beyond the speed limit, and you can barely keep up.
Sooo...what do you do?
- Speed up in hopes that you don't run out of gas.
- Keep going the same speed and stay behind...eventually running out of gas.
- Stop...fill up your tank...and work your way up to speed again.
Number 3 is the way to go (and I'm going to tell you why of course!)
Okay, enough of the analogies, let's talk about real life:
It is no surprise that we often feel left behind or as if we are going at a wayyy slower pace than our peers. I don't know about you, but I am a true believer in "everything happens for a reason." Maybe the reason why you've been feeling a bit slower than usual is because you need to slow down and take some time to work on yourself and focus on the 'nitty gritty' instead of burning yourself out. It's okay to take a break. It's okay to recharge and get yourself together. Recharging allows you to come back and try again with the necessary tools to do your best + succeed.
But it's so hard to...rest and reset.
I often felt SO guilty, ashamed, and scared to take a beak. I thought that I was letting myself as well as my businesses down if I took time out for myself in order to recover, recharge and start again. Little did I know...I was wrong. That feeling of guilt, fear, and shame stems form a part of us that cant...stop....going. The part of us that leads us to a burn out and only prolonges our recovery! Yeah, don't listen to that part of yourself. If at any point you feel as though you may need a break to recharge, LISTEN to yourself. Please. Only you know your breaking point.
So now that we know how important recharging is, what does recharging look like??
Recharging can be whatever you need it to be. For some people it may be self-care, for others it may be a vacation. If you're like me, it may mean focusing on the root of what got you to where you are now! I've always been grounded by reverting to blogging, podcasting, and the fundamentals of what truly created Authentically Aligned. So, when I need a break/recharge I write, meditate, record, create content for myself as well as for my blog and also practice other forms of self-care! The great thing about recharging is...there's no "right way" to do it. Just do whatever feels right for you! My #1 tip for you would be to engage in activities, practices, or habits that GROUND you. This will give you the recharge you need in order to have a strong comeback!
After your recharge, ask yourself how different things may/may not feel? If you notice a positive change, you're on the right track and can now focus on catching up! If you still feel drained or not as great as you would like to feel, you may need more time to recharge (and that is okay!)
Keeping up with the pace is 100x harder when you are burnt out, drained, and running low on "me-time" or in other-words (for the purpose of my cheesy analogy) "running out of gas." Don't wait until it's too late! Know the signs of when you may be approaching a burnout in order to set aside time to rest + recharge. Eliminate the guilt. We all need to reset + recharge in order to be our best, reach our full potential, and thrive!