If I stop to take a moment for myself, everything is going to fall apart.

BellsHow many of these statements do you find yourself nodding your head to?
  • I’m suffering physical ailments, but I convince myself that they’re not connected to what’s happening in my work / personal life.
  • The idea of taking a break for myself and not ‘doing’ anything makes me feel anxious.
  • I’m defined by how busy and active I am. If I stop, I’ll lose my identity.
  • I don’t deserve a relaxing break. Maybe once I’ve achieved ‘X, Y, Z’, but not until then.
  • I should be grateful for what I’ve achieved but I’m so busy focusing on what’s next that I don’t have time to reflect.
  • Friends tell me I’m about to burn out and I need a break, but they don’t understand what’s going on in my life.

I once had a client say to me that she was feeling so stressed out with her current work and life situation that the thought of taking a pause, a break just for herself, was giving her even more anxiety. It may sound extreme but unfortunately this is the life that so many of us live. It’s all go, go, go, and to stop for a second to focus seems almost more distracting than ploughing on. Sound familiar?

Our bodies and minds have funny ways of telling us it’s time to slow down. As much as we’d like to believe we are superwomen and can take on the world, we aren’t robots! The worst thing we can do is wait until we HAVE to take a break, and I say this because I’ve been there myself. I experienced burnout, and I had nowhere to turn. I created The Deep Pause, and I like to think of it as a preventative formula; a way to press reset before things really hit the fan. Believe it or not, you’re actually helping yourself to be MORE productive by taking a break. Stopping to pause isn’t failure. It’s a sign of wisdom.

As much as we’d like to believe we are superwomen and can take on the world, we aren’t robots!

The Deep Pause is the modern woman’s sanctuary. A three day retreat in an idyllic setting to be inspired, humored, given time to reflect, and space to be left alone if you need it. No activity is forced, and days just flow as they need to. We spend time in nature to get back to basics and remember all that we have to be grateful for, and eat healthy home cooked vegetarian meals to reset our body’s feel good factor too. Surrounded by like-minded women, the Pause is the latest piece of kit in your arsenal to take on the world, and if you’re still thinking with your career head then it’s a great place to network too! But don’t take my word for it. Click on the link below to hear from the women who have experienced it themselves.


Stopping to pause isn’t failure. It’s a sign of wisdom.

The next Deep Pause is happening on the 26th-28th September and takes place at a beautiful farmhouse in Berkshire. I have a special WATC offer that includes one free coaching session worth £150 for this retreat. So if you found yourself nodding along to any of the statements above, maybe it’s time you took a little pause for yourself. Click here for more information http://www.lifebydanielle.com/retreats/the-deep-pause/

Danielle MarchantAuthor Bio

Danielle Marchant had a long work history as a highly successful executive coach in the corporate industry, until life gave her a wake up call – burnout. After learning that goals and ambitions could be just as happily achieved when simply allowing the body and mind to pause, she adapted her coaching style with both personal and corporate clients, to enable them to flow rather than fight against the ups and downs of life. Danielle has worked with hundreds of people to make the changes they need to reset their lives through her renowned Pause Retreats, and is a regular contributor for online publications such as 30ish.me and Smarta.

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