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Self Care Tip: The Importance Of Pausing


WOW brings you regular self care tips: Self Care is an important part of managing our own health and wellbeing. For each of us, self care means different things. Enjoy today's self care tip about pausing and reflecting. We feature our filmmaker Bridget Ninness' short film about the importance of pausing. Featuring Sofan Chan and her Buddhist Wisdom.


It may seem counterintuitive, but sometimes you need to stop in order to get ahead.

Pausing to ask yourself what, how, and why you are doing things can be exactly what you need in order to resume forward progress.


When You Are Rushing – There is much truth to the old adage, “Haste makes waste.” If you are going so fast that you are making mistakes, you are only going to create more work. Or as author Jeffrey Mayer said, “If you don’t have time to do it right the first time, when are you going to have time to do it over?”


When You Are Not Ready – This one is not to be used for inaction or procrastination. Yet, if you know you are not ready, take a pause to prepare for your day.


When You Need to Make an Important Decision – When you need to make an important decision in life, pause and make a conscious choice. Better to take a pause and make your decision than let life make it for you.


When You Are Under the Weather – You can only push yourself so far. If you don’t take a break, life will find a way to make you take one. As well, have respect for others and don’t bring your illness to work.


To Enjoy Life and Time with Others – You can’t rush fun. And you can’t force quality time

Other times, you may simply need a break to recharge and prevent burnout. If that occurs, you are going to spend a lot more time recovering than if you had taken a break in the first place.


Here are 5 Times You Need to Push the Pause Button in Life:


When You Are Behind – You may need to hit the brakes in order to move forward again. If you are always working on yesterday’s work, you will never give today’s the attention it needs. Take a pause and catch up.


When You Are Delivering Less Than Your Best – If the quality of your work has slipped it’s time to stop and evaluate the reason. Often, you know it. Pause and get your performance back up to your standards.


When You Need More Time – Stop, when I already don’t have enough time? Rushing. Pause. Stop and throttle back. If you have 9 appointments today, maybe you need to pause and evaluate. You’ll thank yourself for slowing down and re-calculating.


When You Find Yourself Doing Something You Shouldn’t Be – If you find yourself working on the trivial and not getting to your most important work, you need to stop and re-prioritize. Or perhaps, your behaviour has become self-destructive.


When You Need a Break – No one can operate above their limits for long. You will burn yourself out if you don’t pause and recover. Don’t let you health or behavior be your undoing.


Take time for life and press the e pause button.

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