Signs That You Need to Slow Down
In a world that increasingly encourages busy lifestyles, it’s important to not lose sight of what is healthy for your body. Staying active is important but we don’t need to overload our schedules and overwork ourselves. If we take the time to relax and listen to our bodies, we might find that most of us need to slow down in order to live healthier lives. Here are a few signs to look for to know if you need to slow down.
You are getting sick frequently
One of the most obvious signs that your body needs a break and that you are working too hard is that you are getting sick frequently. If you don’t give your body enough time to rest, your immune system is weakened and is less capable of fighting off illnesses. Taking a lot of Vitamin C won’t be enough for you to get back to a full picture of health. You should find different ways to slow down and lessen your workload.
You aren’t sleeping well
Along with feeling weak and sick frequently, feeling tired is a sign that you need to take a break. If you are overworking yourself, you probably aren’t allowing yourself to sleep long enough. You may also be struggling to get the right quality of sleep because your stress is keeping you up at night. Either way, feeling tired is a clear sign that you need to give yourself a break and form a better sleep schedule.
You feel more stressed out than usual
This feels like the most obvious sign, but it is one that many people tend to ignore. Feeling more stressed or more anxious than you usually are is a sign that your body is ready for some rest. Work or school might be putting too much stress on you and you shouldn’t be afraid to take a break. Slowing down when you need to is something to be proud of because it will not only help you stay healthy but it will also help boost productivity.
You are struggling to control your emotions
Working too much or going to the gym to often each week can take a toll on your stress levels. Exercising regularly can help boost your mood but working out too much can actually have a negative effect on your emotional balance. Struggling to control your emotions when you normally are able to is a sign that you need to reevaluate your schedule and find more time to relax.
Your resting heart rate is fast
An elevated resting heart rate frequently indicates higher stress levels and is not healthy. As the Tough Mudder blog explains, “an elevated heart rate typically sits above 10 beats per minute. Doctor of Physical Therapy and Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach Dr. Grayson Wickham PT, DTD, CSCS, says 5 beats or more per minute higher than normal on more than one morning in a row is a sign of overtraining.” This means that if your heart rate is consistently too fast, you may be working out too much and need to slow down.
You aren’t maintaining your regular diet
If you have become so preoccupied with your work that you stop maintaining your normal diet, you may be overworking yourself. This also applies to you forgetting about the activities and habits that make you happy and healthy. If you find yourself losing sight of what matters to you, you should take a step back and figure out what you can do to not overwork yourself.
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