Constant busyness also creates physical stress. According to the Mayo Clinic, “nerve and hormonal signals prompt the adrenal glands, located atop your kidneys, to release hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol.” This triggers a host of responses:
- Increased heart rate
- Elevated blood pressure
- Increased sugars (glucose) in the bloodstream
- Altered immune system responses
- Suppressed digestive system
- Suppressed reproductive system and growth processes
At times, this can feel exhilarating. Our systems are designed to help us power through critical junctures. But sustaining that level of stress can contribute to anxiety, depression, headaches, insomnia, and memory or concentration impairment.
It’s easy to justify the madness, especially during the holiday season: we must keep up and stay connected to friends, family, and professional groups. We feel obliged to stay on top of the latest news, cable series, apps, games, music, fashion, sports, lingo, and other trends.
Being so busy can also be an emotional addiction. It makes us feel relevant and indispensable. What we need and what others need from us is deep connection. Our infatuation with busyness is often in lieu of needed attention to our holistic well-being.
You Can Create More Time
Old habits are hard to break; new habits are hard to form. But it’s time to make your well-being a priority. Try to create your own happiness and have more awareness of every moment. Commit to regular mindfulness practice to help you flow through your day and have the time of your life.