In a world that seems to move faster and faster every day, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and forget to calm down. We may think being busy is the only way to succeed, but what if I told you that slowing down could improve your life? Especially if you’re someone who is neurodivergent or has a mood disorder like bipolar, taking the time to create space in your life can have a positive ripple effect. Still not convinced? Let’s talk.

Slow it Down

Somehow, society has convinced us that we must always be productive. We need to work harder, longer, and faster. But the truth is, we are not machines. We need time to rest, time to think, and time to recharge. By slowing down, you’re giving yourself the chance to recover and return stronger. Have you ever thought about that?

Do: Today, take a 10-minute break to do absolutely nothing. I mean it. Nothing. Nada. Zip.
Don’t: Work your little booty off from dusk to dawn with little to no time for yourself.

Read the Book

When we’re too busy rushing from one thing to another, we often forget to appreciate the little things in life – a beautiful sunset, a cup of tea, a delicious book. We starve our souls when we neglect the things that bring us joy.

Do: Set your chores aside for an hour and pick up that book you’ve been neglecting in the name of “productivity.”
Don’t: Tie your worth to your to-do list.

Focus on (Self) Love

When we have too many things going on, we often lose sight of what’s really important to us. By creating intentional space, we can focus on what truly matters. What is that? If you were on your deathbed, what would you regret?

Do: Spend a little extra time loving the ones or things you’ll miss when you’re gone.
Don’t: Put it off until you have the time.

Be More Productive… the Unconventional Way

It may sound counterintuitive, but slowing down can actually make you more productive. When we’re busy all the time, we feel overwhelmed and burnt out. But when we slow down, we allow ourselves to refocus our energy and work more efficiently.

Do: Spend 10 minutes to slow down and make a game plan for the day ahead.
Don’t: Rush into things before thinking them through.

Mental Health Matters

Finally, slowing down can have a significant positive impact on your mental health. If you’re neurodivergent or have a mood disorder, creating space in your life can be especially important. Taking the time to rest, reflect, and care for yourself can help improve your overall well-being.

Do: Reflect monthly. What went well? What didn’t? What to keep doing? What to stop?
Don’t: Go through life unintentionally with your time.

5 Ways to Slow Down and Create Space:

  1. Schedule time for rest and relaxation
  2. Limit your commitments and say no to things that don’t align with your priorities
  3. Practice mindfulness or meditation
  4. Get outside and spend time in nature
  5. Journal or reflect on your thoughts and feelings

Remember, it’s okay to slow down and take a break. In fact, it’s necessary for our overall well-being. So, incorporate some of these tips into your daily routine and see how they positively impact your life. And as always, remember to prioritize your mental health and take care of *yourself*.

5 Resources to help you create more mental, physical, and time space in your life to thrive like the bad b*tch you are.

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  1. The Silk and Sonder Planner and Journal Combo. This one doesn’t disappoint!
  2. Popflex Active yoga mat. There is just something about yoga that creates space and peace.
  3. Yoga with Adriene is a YouTube channel that offers free yoga classes for all levels.
  4. Headspace is a popular meditation app that offers guided meditations for different situations, such as stress, anxiety, and sleep.
  5. Atomic Habits” by James Clear is a great book that helps you create small habits that lead to significant changes in your life.

Disclaimer: The authors of this blog are not licensed medical professionals and are not qualified to provide medical advice. The content published on this blog is based on personal experiences and opinions and should not be considered as a substitute for professional medical advice. It is always encouraged to consult with a licensed medical professional before making any decisions regarding your health or medical treatment. If you are struggling with depression or any other mental illness, please remember that help is available – reach out to a healthcare professional, therapist, or support group to ensure you receive the care and assistance you need. Your well-being matters.

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