Is Being Too Busy Making You Sick? | Compassionate Hart

“Busy-ness” is the trend these days. Everyone has over-packed schedules at work and at home. Have you ever said, “I’m too busy to read/watch TV/exercise/do anything fun.” 

Too much “busy” could be making you tired, sick, and probably cranky.

But when do you relax? “Relaxation” is a word we hear often, but don’t really think about the meaning.

re·lax  verb \ri-ˈlaks\

  1. the state of being free from tension or anxiety.
  2. a way to rest and enjoy yourself
  3. recreation or rest, especially after a period of work.
  4. the loss of tension in a part of the body, especially in a muscle when it ceases to contract.
  5. something that you do to stop feeling nervous, worried, etc.

More importantly, what does relaxation mean to you?

If you’re not a “hot bath and good book” kind of person (you cringe at Calgon commercials and spa photos of people with stones piled on their backs), the good news is that YOU can make your own definition of relaxation!

It’s YOUR job to figure out what you enjoy doing, what makes you smile, and what makes you feel like you are a hundred miles away from work or home jobs.

And THEN – make time for THAT!

You have a schedule. Write in special time for a hobby, a nap, massage, your favorite show, a weekend getaway, a new class, anything YOU enjoy can be relaxing.

Here are some ideas to get your brain and body thinking – and relaxing:

  • Spend part of the day alone
  • Spend part of the day with your family, doing ONLY fun stuff
  • Meditate
  • Devote time to your hobby
  • Sleep in…or get up extra early – whichever excites you
  • Arrange for take-out or pre-cooked meals all day
  • Schedule a massage!
  • If you’ve always wanted a day to “not leave the house” today’s the day! Wake when you wish, eat when you’re hungry, stay in your jammies and read a book.

Taking care of you is important. AND…if you can’t do it for yourself, remember:

Self-care puts you in a better frame of mind to take care of the people who depend on you.

So find the thing that mellows you out, and make it happen!