How many times have you turned down an invitation to a social activity or to just do something for fun because you just feel too busy or overwhelmed by what you already have to do?
What is your answer when asked the question, “How are you?” Your reply being “busy”.
It seems all too often in today’s world almost everyone is just too busy. Busy being the new status quo for “Just leave me alone”. “Can’t you see I don’t have time for this?”
It’s like it has become somewhat of a competition, that being busy has become an obsession or statement as to some type of success label. An obsession almost of self-importance because if you aren’t busy then you must be lazy or a non-achiever. Well the longer I am on this earth, I have come to realize that it is not about my achievements, it is about being connected. Being connected to people, understanding your inner purpose being of support to your development of who you are, what you have to offer and just being yourself.
Even if you love what you do, putting in long extended hours doing it without any integration of fun, spending time, loving and being with your family/friends. Allowing yourself time to just be, not always having to achieve but to give yourself permission and time to enjoy just who and where you are. If this time isn’t programmed into your life then the continual busyness and pressure to achieve will cause stress hormone levels to become and remain high. This then will set you up for a host of health concerns. You would have heard of the term – “People working themselves to death.” Every job, career or business even if this is your greatest passion and love will have various levels of stress. Doctors and health professionals are continually warning people about how too much busyness leads to serious health problems. Such as anxiety, depression, headaches, insomnia and heart attacks. [Read more…]