In today’s society, being “busy” is seen as a badge of honor. People who wake up at 6 am and then spend the next fifteen hours productively are heroes of the modern age.
Living a hectic lifestyle, however, can take its toll on multiple fronts. In this post, we’re going to take a look at some of the pitfalls of always being on the move and how you can avoid them.
Pitfall Number One: Burnout
In general, there are two types of busy: the kind you enjoy, and the type you loathe.
Have you ever noticed that you can feel exhausted after eight hours at work, but not after spending the same amount of time doing a hobby you love? The amount of energy you burned is the same, and yet going to work always seems so much harder.
The reason for this comes down to how we perceive stress. When we want to engage in a task actively, we feel positive about it, and that makes it easy to complete. But when the idea of doing something goes against our desires, it generates stress, which slowly wears us down.
People never get burned out doing tasks that they love. It only happens when they force themselves to stay in the office for an extra couple of hours. The added stress leads to a high risk of burnout, which can knock you out for weeks.
Pitfall Number Two: Turning To Drink
Living a hectic lifestyle in which something occupies every moment of the day can take its toll on your wellbeing. Many people inevitably find themselves turning to drink.
At first, it helps them relax in the evenings and takes the edge off of their stress. Eventually, though, it leads to serious knock-on effects in other areas of their life.
People who drink a lot are at higher risk of driving under the influence. Police are more likely to pull them over and test them, and they have a greater chance of being charged. DMV hearings are complicated. So, most people wind up with a conviction that remains on their permanent record, unless they enlist the help of a qualified attorney.
DUIs can affect employment opportunities, so they should be avoided at all costs. If you’re struggling to cope, don’t turn to drink. Try other methods to relax that are better for your body and mind. Yoga?
Pitfall Number Three: Neglecting Your Relationships
At root, life is all about relating to other people. Yes – work is essential. But, fundamentally, it is relationships that most of us want.
Unfortunately, we can become so concerned with the pursuit of our desires that we neglect to spend time with the people around us. For instance, our spouses might not be able to spend any quality time with us for weeks because we won’t stop working. Similarly, relatives might not get as many phone calls from us as they should since we are so busy.
The trick here is to make sure that you allocate chunks of your week to things other than work or rushing around. There’s no need to use every minute of the day productively.
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