The Modern Day Illness of ‘Busyness’

Today we lead busy lives; multitasking, rushing to take the kids, juggling work and home. Welcome to modern day life. This constant state of being busy can take it’s toll physically and mentally. In addition, no longer are we leaving work at work. With mobile phones, emails and remote log in devices, it can follow us back home.

Medic Dr. Susan Koven wrote in the Boston Globe column:

“In the past few years, I’ve observed an epidemic of sorts: patient after patient suffering from the same condition. The symptoms of this condition include fatigue, irritability, insomnia, anxiety, headaches, heartburn, bowel disturbances, back pain, and weight gain. There are no blood tests or X-rays diagnostic of this condition, and yet it’s easy to recognize. The condition is excessive busyness.”

This busyness is an illness that can be self-inflicted and even addictive. A need to rush that creates an environment of anxiety for you and your children ‘hurry up and finish your breakfast,’ ‘if you’re not ready in the next 3 minutes then….’ How does that make our children feel? This constant state of being rushed.

Slow down, give yourself that extra space and start your child’s day off with calm, peace and serenity. It will give a better start to their day and in turn they will perform better, as will you.

If you’ve got a packed day and need to be at a specific place at certain times, well who created this hectic schedule? It was probably you! Be realistic and factor in time with your children.

To function as parent, we need to invest in self-care. This means focusing on our physical, mental, as well as spiritual well-being. Each one important and integral to the other. For as little as 10 minutes a day, put yourself first. Meditation is a great way to do this. Some faiths have their own system in place; a connection with a higher being that creates a sanctuary to ask for help and reflect. Meditation can be done with those of faiths and those without religious faiths.

There are many health benefits to mediation including:

  • Reducing stress and anxiety
  • Develop positive feelings for yourself and in turn others around you
  • Improve sleep
  • Physical benefits such as reduced blood pressure
  • Improve willpower
  • Improves attention

There are many apps you could just downloaded to your phone to help you meditate and create some stillness in your life. Alternatively, some great guided mediations are on Fragrant Heart. All you do is just turn up!