Why it is Harmful to be Busy all the Time ?
By Nehha S Kotharie
All of us complain about being too busy, yet we continue to cram our day to the brim. Being busy and stressed all the time isn’t good for your body or your mind – it can have negative effects on your life and your health in particular.
Understanding the dangers of being too busy starts with a grasp of how the body responds to stress. Stress is the root of many of the physical, mental, and relational issues that come from the constant state of busyness.
A stress response is an innate protective physiological response to a perceived threat in our environment. When we sense danger, the body releases adrenaline to prepare us to escape the danger and endorphins to numb us to pain. Our heart rate goes up, muscles become tight, our senses get hyper-sensitive and we get a massive physical power boost that prepares us to run from danger.
However, the long to-do list causes anxiety and stress. Besides, being busy and being productive are not the same thing.
❓What to do: Release the urge to constantly occupy yourself. Avoid trying to get as much accomplished as possible. Both the quality of your work and your health will suffer.
To get rid of this habit, apply the following methods:
Identify the three most important things to do for the day and focus on them.
Rest from electronic devices.
Don't settle for everything just out of politeness, appreciate your time.
Remind yourself that your self-worth does not come from being productive or busy. Come up with a mantra that expresses what self-worth means to you or why you love yourself and try to recite it everyday.
Make it a priority to spend time with your loved ones. Doing so can help you feel connected, loved, and energized.
In the morning, think about how to spend your day so that it is aligned with your values and brings you closer to your goals.
Set appropriate expectations for yourself when it comes to how much you can comfortably take on and know that this may change over time.
So before we waste our time, we all need to set boundaries and allow ourselves to breathe. In fact, make time to do nothing. Make time for a picnic or a movie. Make time to watch the sunset. Don’t forget your WHY and miss the life you have.
Nehha s Kotharie
Soft Skills Trainer, Graphologist, Parenting Coach.