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.
For visually challenged writers, the image shows an area of plants with a sign showing 5MPH.
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.
- slow-down/ The Inkwell
- Life in the slow lane – Keep it alive
- slow-down-to-go-faster-writephoto-flash-fiction/ jemimapett.
- Guardian Angles #writephoto | TanGental
- #WRITEPHOTO – SLOW DOWN – Ladyleemanila
- Road Safety #Tanka – Literature World
- Slow down – Often Mumbled Musings
- #Writephoto – Slow Down – nope, not pam
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.