Permission to Stop

You can stop at any time.

I’ll say it again.

You can stop at any time.

I think we all know this simple truth yet we often keep going, keep forging ahead, pushing, forcing, striving, angling, exerting, just a little more…go, go, GO until…

We stop.

Whether through burnout, sickness, exhaustion, tears, depression, cancerous cells or a lethal cocktail of some or all of the above.  Our bodies force our heads to ‘stop’ and chill the F out for a bit.

But you can also give yourself permission to stop.

If that mere suggestion makes your head spin and your pulse quicken, well then, let’s just start with the idea of maybe hitting ‘pause‘ instead.

Pause and take a moment.  Close your eyes, take a breath and imagine what life would be like if you didn’t have to do or be that person who does that difficult or annoying thing anymore.

What would your life look like?  Who would you be without that stress?  How would your life change for the better?

And if that small pause felt good, then lean into the thought of stopping.

Because you can stop at any time.

Start small – for example, if you find your mornings are stressful because you’re always in a mad rush to get ready and out the door in time.  Stop.  Stop hitting your snooze button, stop checking your email/phone before you get out of bed, stop catastrophizing the day before you even set your feet on the floor.

Instead:

  • get out of bed when the alarm goes off
  • serenade yourself during your morning shower before you even pick up your phone
  • think positively about how you’d like your day to go before your feet hit the ground

Small changes can make a big difference.  Pick one thing you can stop doing right now that will better your life.

Don’t push.  Pause.  Then stop.

 

Tammy
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