How many of you find yourself getting a little slower when the world feels like it’s speeding up? It seems like every time I think I’m getting caught up, something pops up, and bam! I get the rug pulled out from under me every time. I think it’s because priorities shift, we get older each day, and we find ourselves pushing ourselves outside our comfort zone to keep growing and thriving. It’s little to no wonder that time flies by, yet the changes are challenging to see with the naked eye. The irony lies in how quickly important tasks at one point in our lives are no longer relevant. I think that’s one of the reasons that it’s critical to pace ourselves in life.
Pacing ourselves can be challenging when the rest of the world needs our attention. If it’s not families, relationships with others, professional circles, drama with friends or your surrounding environment, stress levels, anxieties, deadlines, or people who rub you the wrong way, all of us deal with constant interruptions. So how do people change the patterns and start pacing themselves? Here are a few helpful tips I found while researching this topic. Some of them you may already do, but it never hurts to get additional information along the way.
6 Ways to Learn to Pace Yourself
- Slow down. It may seem counterintuitive, but taking it down a few notches is the first step to getting a grip on your pace. Listen, I get it. It isn’t easy to slow down when the world is on a fast track, but you must make an effort. Think of it like this. If you make decisions based on emotions and when you are stressed, those decisions won’t be good. Slowing down and keeping a calm mindset helps us in many different ways. It helps us make better decisions and allows us to do more for others as well as ourselves.
- Check your breath. If you are constantly trying to catch your breath, you could have medical issues going on, or you may need to look at your mental health. It’s important to keep an eye on your health. Sometimes, it’s as simple as making sure you can stay caught up to the tasks at hand. I’ve had several people in my life tell me that they were fine, only to end up with a heart attack or stroke. Only you know what you can handle and what you can’t. Be honest with yourself about what’s going on and keep your doctor updated, especially as you age.
- Tune into your body. Your body is a temple, and sometimes it may feel like it’s going to collapse. Listen to what it tells you. If you take care of your body, it will work for you in the long run better than if you treat it like a snack machine. Use a healthy diet, exercise, and keep the mental stress down.
- Don’t be afraid to run-walk. I love this item for two reasons. In the running, its focus is training time, but in life, it operates mentally and physically. The concept is similar. I use this as a vision board item. Sometimes we use a combination of run-walk techniques. Both require the usage of the feet, but to reach the achievement quicker, learning to maximize this concept helps get you where you need to go faster.
- Let go of expectations. Don’t worry about meeting everyone else’s expectations all the time. You have to learn to sort out the most important things in your life and keep going. If you have a family that has excelled and you struggle, stop feeling like you have to live their life. This life is your life, with your dreams and ambitions. Figure out what’s important to you and learn everything you can about what interests you.
- Don’t compare yourself. This topic works with #5, but the meaning is similar. No one lives your life but you. You are unique and special in your way. When we make the mistake of comparing ourselves to others, we forget that we all have special and unique talents that are ours to share or to keep from the world. Never be afraid to voice your opinions. There are enough people in the world that need to learn how to zip the bashing. I think that’s one of the reasons I detest bullying. We are all a part of a vicious cycle that never seems to end. Most of the time, we find ourselves comparing to others that could care less about how they influence us. This view isn’t always the case, but I’ve found many people have no concept of their influence on others.
I enjoy baseball immensely for two reasons. The first is that there is a lot of patience in the game. The players know what to look for and the dynamics of how to play and win the game. The second is because of the teamwork. You see them there for each other even when they want to beat the crap out of each other. They’ve learned to pace themselves.
No matter what curve balls you have thrown your way, remember that the better you pace yourself, the better chances you have of hitting the ball and making the home runs. Sometimes you will strikeout, but in the long run, the important thing is that you pace yourself so that when you’re up to bat, you take the swings. Have a great Wednesday, everyone.