Ep 06: For When You Need To Slow The Eff Down
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Tell me if you’re like me when I say: I constantly feel like I’m not doing enough.
Even though I really look forward to downtime--like, binge-watching 13 Reasons Why in a weekend…which I can do very well--I judge myself whenever I do it. One episode’s fine, maybe two. But anymore after that, I start to tell myself I’m not contributing to society, I’m not being productive enough, and I need to get my shit together, thus beginning a vicious cycle of obsessively cleaning my apartment and saying yes to everything and overcommitting to 50 people on the same day only to end up overwhelmed and burnt out and I flake on everyone and end up back on the couch re-watching Game of Thrones from Season 1 as if I have to do a report on it. Which I could also do very well.
I do YOGA to learn to stop this shit, and I STILL suck at it.
But it’s actually not so much that I SUCK at it, it’s actually that I think slowing down and not getting a lot done are really laziness. Because lazy is bad, right? I’m afraid that if I open the Lazy Door even a crack, it’ll stay open forever. And my life will pass me by.
Social media doesn’t help with this, when I feel like I see all these people doing so much. I end up feeling like I’m not doing enough, and when I’m afraid I’m not doing enough, I pick up the pace, to prove how productive and SO-not-lazy I am. Which is hilarious, because I say I hate being busy, too. But busy and productive are not the same thing.
Tell me if that’s you, too.
My guest this week will tell you that if you don’t let yourself slow the eff down, life will do it for you.
Whether you like it or not.
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