Word of the Week – Slow

This weeks word of the week is slow. I’ve chosen this word for a couple of reasons. On Monday I woke up with a cold nothing unusual there you might be thinking, well the problem was I already had a cold.

Yes you heard that right I woke up with a cold on top of the one I already had. I had incredibly managed to catch two types of cold virus at the same time both with their own special array of symptoms.

This is where the slow part comes in, for the first time ever I forced myself to really slow down. In fact I just stopped, I didn’t do any work, I didn’t hoover and I certainly didn’t cook. If you knew me you would know that I don’t just stop or slow. I struggle on, I grin and bare it, but not this time. This time I listened to myself, there’s a first time for everything I suppose.

When the thoughts about the washing basket or the huge stack of reviews and blog posts I needed to write crept in I batted them quickly away. Instead of simultaneously checking every social media platform I’m on I’ve been leaving my phone in another room. I actually lay on the sofa and watched the whole of a movie with no interruptions or distractions. I honestly can’t remember the last time I did that.

Things are slowly returning to normal, I’ve written some posts and the house is clean. As normal service resumes I realise that that double whammy of viral nasties was an absolute blessing in disguise. I needed to slow down, no I needed to stop.

What I’m taking away from my week of slow is that although I know I’m capable of so many things I’m not capable of them all at once.

The Reading Residence



  1. February 10th 2017 / 10:30 AM

    I’m sorry you have been so poorly, slowing down is the best thing to do. I hope you feel better real soon xx

  2. February 10th 2017 / 12:42 PM

    Yes to all of this! I have been taking a more deliberately slow step back lately, too, listening to my own body and it’s making a big difference. Hard to do when we’re used to multitasking everything and cramming loads in, but what a difference?! Sorry to hear you had two colds to make you do this, but glad the slower pace is helping x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  3. February 10th 2017 / 2:10 PM

    I think you hit the nail on the head: our bodies always know what’s best for us, it’s just our brains tend to interfere. Glad you’re feeling better! #WotW

  4. February 13th 2017 / 11:53 PM

    I don’t think I’ve watched a whole movie without distractions for a long time. oh hold on … apart from 50 shades the other night lol

  5. February 16th 2017 / 12:35 AM

    What a great idea to slow things down and listen to our bodies – a form of mindfullness, I suppose?!. I always say I should do this but find something to do to keep me going. I can’t tell you when I last watched TV or a movie without doing something else too.
    I hope you’ve enjoyed your week and sorry for the late comments. My boy has chicken pox :((

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