#Writephoto Round-Up – SLOW DOWN

Life has not been giving me an easy ride lately, between illnesses and toothache, I’ve been running a bit low. To be honest I think it’s my bodies way of retaliating. I have definitely taken on a lot of stress this year, some deliberate, some accidental. I was made redundant earlier this year when my employer went through financial difficulties, however during the redundancy process, I ended up being promoted to another job, one I have a lack of experience in, whilst I enjoy a challenge (and I do enjoy the new role), at times it has been overwhelming and a struggle.

We also took on the task earlier this year of buying and fixing up a house, a task which started off as a fun challenge, but as more and more problems have been uncovered has become somewhat burdensome. The demoralisation of getting paid every month and knowing that the money is going straight out to a plumber or an electrician or a roofer (for the third time!) is difficult.

Family illness, hospitalisations and childcare problems have all played their role too (and not to mention the constant fear of covid).

It’s well documented physiologically that stress triggers adrenaline and cortisol in the body, which can have negative effects over time. I suspect this may have come to a head with my body no longer playing ball.

In 1974, cardiologists Meyer Friedman and Ray Rosenman coined the phrase “hurry sickness” to refer to “a continuous struggle and unremitting attempt to accomplish or achieve more and more things or participate in more and more events in less and less time.” I suspect this is too true for many, myself included.

This month I am taking the time to slow down and take a breath. I have so much to feel thankful for, a wonderful family, a job, a house and the future that I am building for my child.

An area of plants with a sign showing 5MPH.
Slow Down – Image by KL Caley

For visually challenged writersthe image shows an area of plants with a sign showing 5MPH.

“I have learned that nothing is as pressing
As the one who’s pressing would like you to believe
And I am content to walk a little slower
Because there’s nowhere that I really need to be.”
— Bright Eyes

Thank you so much for the marvellous entries this week. I have tried to reblog a few since the post went out so hopefully, you will have seen some of them trickling through, but here is the list below (if I have missed anyone, please let me know). It makes for fantastic reading.


I hope you’ll join me for another #writephoto challenge published today at 12 o’clock GMT.

Thank you all again for taking part in #writephoto – SLOW DOWN.

With special thanks to Sue who originally made the #writephoto challenge so meaningful for all of us and gave me her blessing to continue it.

Take Care
KL ❤


14 thoughts on “#Writephoto Round-Up – SLOW DOWN

  1. Well, that’s an awful lot to handle. And builders always stress me out, although I seem to have finally got some I feel comfortable with.
    Re the job. You may lack experience, but you probably know what to do and when. You just feel you’re making it up as you go along. It’s a common problem, especially among women. It’s a gender issue that starts in school, when we are told off for not thinking before we speak, but the boys are praised for ‘winging it’. I had this conversation with one of the most competent, apparently confident women managers I knew, when I was in my thirties “Do you ever feel you’re making it up as you go along?” “Oh, all the time!” she said.
    And nothing’s changed 🙂
    Be calm, you can do it. All of it.

    1. This is such a wonderful positive thing to say, Jemima. Thank you very much for those words, they’ve given me a real boost. KL ❤️

  2. It’s a good job you can see that you’ve a lot on your plate! Try to make sure you have more time for you and try and get some relaxation.
    Sorry I couldn’t join in last week but life got so away from me, a feeling you obviously know.
    I shall try to do better this week. As you say we have had some great entries this week. 💜💜

    1. Aww no problem at all, I hope you are okay? I’m feeling a lot better now thank you, and starting to catch up, it’s just been one thing after another for the last few weeks. My OH and I joke if I was a horse they would have probably shot me by now – haha. KL ❤️

    1. Thanks Peter, I’m feeling much better now and starting to catch up, it has just been a few continuous weeks of one thing after another. I hope you are keeping well? KL ❤️

  3. You have got a lot on your plate and I know exactly how you feel trying to do up a house! We had ‘fun’ (not) in the cottage investing over £30,000 in a new kitchen, two heating systems, double glazing and a replacement conservsatory, though we got there in the end. If we could have lifted it and put it somewhere else, we would have. We’ve done a fair bit here too, and the property is only 14 years old. Less than a week in we needed a new boiler, then we discovered the cooker didn’t work, then the shower packed up. We have since decorated throughout, replaced the shower screen, revamped the kitchen and have just replaced the free standing cooker bought in 2018 to replace the hob and cooker that didn’t work and turned out to be the worst £400 I ever spent.

    1. Oh crikey, that doesn’t make me feel so bad now. It’s a lovely house really, just had been neglected a bit by the previous owners and I think we’ve felt the brunt of it. The things we have to do to take 4 walls and make them a home. 🙂. KL ❤️

      1. The cottage was originally the village school and built in 1847. It was made into a private residence in the 1950s. The colour schemes when we moved in were like rejects from the TV show Changing Rooms! We were there for 7 years.

  4. I think stress finds the “weakest links” in our bodies, and settles in. Remember to breathe — it’s easy to forget when life happens. Each stressor, by itself is alot — and when you are trying to juggle all of them, well, it’s a bit like the fellow who juggles sawchains — that are running.
    Taking a step back, breathing, writing about what’s up, all are helpful. Gratitude is good; so is mindfulness and creative visualization. Family and friends help — whatever gets you through. Good luck with the new role at work, the house “redo,” health, childcare, and so on. Any time you need to step back, have a week without a roundup or reblogs, everyone will more than understand.

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