by Tash Hughes of
When is the last
time you just sat and did nothing? Or watched a sunset
in a quiet place? Or stopped and really listened to a
piece of music?
doing things like that is uncommon in our busy lives.
There are so many things we believe we ‘need’ or ‘have’
to do that we don’t take time to recharge ourselves and
just stop occasionally.
It’s not just at
work that we are busy, either. Even our children are
busy with various activities around school and homework,
and then we also fit in physical activity and some sort
of a social life.
there be more to life than rushing around and doing
things every second of the day?
busy results in us being tired and less creative, it
keeps pumped up and without time to reduce the pressure.
Business fills our minds and we get overwhelmed and lose
track of where we are going as we are so caught up in
the tasks at hand.
And all of that
builds into stress. Sure, a bit of stress in our lives
is healthy and keeps us to deadlines, but continuous
stress is exhausting and unhealthy.
When we are
stressed, we become focused on only a few aspects of our
lives – whether it is finishing a project, earning more
money or dealing with a difficult relationship. Being so
focused makes it hard to see the wholeness of life, and
this can also mean missed opportunities.
If your head is
always down at the desk then you may not see the perfect
answer walking past. And it is hard to be creative and
find alternative solutions when you are stressed and
long and hard on one thing is likely to bring up
negative feelings towards the issue and your life.
Stepping back occasionally breaks that focus and has
Would you ever
drive your car for years without changing tyres, giving
it a service or an oil change? What about an animal such
as a horse – would you ride it all day without giving it
Think about star
athletes for a moment. They train hard for hours every
day, pushing themselves to the limits. But their
training programs ease off as they get closer to a major
sports event, and on the final day they are likely to do
something very light and easy, not a hard training
session. Why? They are letting their bodies have a rest
so they will be at their peak during the event they have
So if cars,
horses and athletes deserve a break from busyness and
stress, don’t you?
If you take a
few small breaks in your day, and it can be five minutes
of looking at a garden or listening to music, you may be
surprised at how much more you can actually fit into
your day anyway. The break will refresh and energise
you, making the following tasks easier.
Busyness is a
symptom of modern living, but you can control it so that
stress isn’t a constant part of your life. Remember that
you deserve to enjoy your life, too.
Tash Hughes is
the owner of Word Constructions and assists businesses
in preparing all written documentation and web site
content. Tash also writes parenting and business articles for
inclusion in newsletter and web sites.