I have been analyzing my behavior for quite some time now and trying to make changes to it for a more happier lifestyle. One of the things that I observed in me was that I am always in a hurry. I don’t eat my food, I gulp it down. I don’t take too long to get ready. Even when it’s a day off from work, I work at a speed as if I have to catch a bus. Even if I am out for dinner or shopping, I am in a rush. I am in a constant habit of multi-tasking. I try to do too many things at a time. In fact, I was happy that I can manage so much in so little time until recently when I read an article in the newspaper and was introduced to a new term called ‘Hurry Sickness’. A quick look at the dictionary defines it as a behaviour pattern characterized by continual rushing and anxiousness; an overwhelming and continual sense of urgency.
So, what’s wrong with multi-tasking or finishing tasks early? There’s nothing wrong with it until it becomes a habit which we should not have developed unintentionally. With hurry sickness we want everything to happen immediately and if it doesn’t then it leads to anger, frustration, irritation and unnecessary stress. We don’t have the patience for traffic lights to turn green. We don’t have the patience to stand in a queue or wait for the elevator. We don’t have the patience to wait for our food to be served. Everyone these days is leading a stressful life and we are always short of time. Time will never be sufficient unless we learn to value it. Some practises that can help get over hurry sickness-
1. Consciously SLOW down. Analyse your behavior. The moment you feel that you are losing patience and are in an unnecessary rush, remind yourself!
2. Eat slowly. Chew and relish every bite. It’s the fuel that keeps us going.
3. Plan in advance. Planning ahead of time of will give a clear picture of how and when things should be approached.
4. Prioritize your to-do list. Assign priorities to your tasks and work accordingly to avoid last minute rush.
5. Wake up a few minutes early.
If your mornings go running around the house then try and wake up a little early than your usual time. It gives you some extra minutes to enjoy your mornings. I am one of the victims and I am really trying hard to get rid of this running around.
6. Practise Yoga, Breathing or Meditation. They have a calming effect on the body and mind.
Slow down and breathe a little before you get on with the next thing. All of us working for ourselves. We should be happy and content at the end of it. Don’t let hurry sickness diminish the quality of your life.
Do you have hurry sickness too? I am taking steps to improve my life. What measures do you take? Share with us!
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