𝟒 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐈’𝐯𝐞 𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐒𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐃𝐨𝐰𝐧
One of the best things surgery taught me was just how important it is to slow down. Logically I knew a lot of these would be the case, but thanks to my stubbornness and anxiety, it took something knocking me on my feet to force me to follow through and trust the progress.
Some were expected, some were unexpected, but I hope it gives you a little motivation to press on the brakes and prioritize your health too.
𝐌𝐲 𝐬𝐥𝐞𝐞𝐩 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐚 𝐥𝐨𝐭 𝐛𝐲 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐛𝐢𝐭 𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬. Sleep can be greatly impacted by cortisol levels. More stress & more intense movement can lead to elevated cortisol, so my crazy schedule was doing no favors to my sleeping struggles.
𝐌𝐲 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐦𝐲 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐝 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦. Living a bit further away and often prioritizing workouts and work over visits slowly became my norm. More time and needing a little more support made me realize just how much I was missing out and just how much I need to focus on making time for them.
𝐌𝐲 𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐝𝐫𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐚 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤, 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐚 𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐡 𝐨𝐟𝐟 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠. Logically I knew this one, but seeing it actually happen was a whole new experience. Right now I’m going on two weeks of just walking for activity, and a week of nothing at all. I ate a bit less because I was less hungry, my body maintained weight wise, and my muscle wasn’t gone in a week. I hear this a lot from clients who are nervous to take a week off from training and I want to assure you it’s going to take a whole lot longer to undo the hard work you’re putting in.
𝐔𝐧𝐩𝐥𝐮𝐠𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞 𝐚 𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐈 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐨 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐧. Getting off my phone earlier at night, not working until bedtime, actually relaxing and watching Netflix can all be powerful things for productivity and mental health. I actually found I was more productive during the times I was working AND I saw my stress levels drop and sleep improve because of it.
I hope this helps as a reminder that slowing down doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
It doesn’t mean your progress and productivity will come to a screeching halt. In fact, it may just be the very thing you need to push you to even more progress in the long haul.
𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐝𝐨 𝐭𝐨 𝐟𝐨𝐜𝐮𝐬 𝐨𝐧 𝐬𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐝𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞?