Is busyness an epidemic?
The maps that we follow towards success are all worn out. The blueprints, drawn early in our lives, are fraught with misconception and assumptions. Every nook filled with generations of conditioning and expectations, the entangled feelings of responsibility. We are driven, and committed, but unsustainable in our efforts. Always too much, or not enough.
And within our constant barrage of stimuli that is presented to us and taken on by us, we aren't taught how to offset stress. To offer ourselves relief, or the importance of personal boundaries. To remember how to connect with ourselves, our intuition, and the great well of potential that we have, untapped, when our tasks are unceasing.
The effects of stress are real.
Our nervous system hasn't yet caught up to our rapid evolution. Unprepared for the technical age, our ancient "fight or flight" responses which once turned on and off to protect us from immediate danger are now staying engaged more and more. Triggered by daily stressors, this hyperarousal taxes our bodies and our minds, prioritizing the survival mode of high blood pressure, a fast heart rate, and tense muscles over long term functions such as digestion, reproduction, and healing. When engaged for too long, or too often, the stress response can contribute to an onslaught of related illnesses including heart disease, asthma, insomnia, headaches, anxiety, diabetes, GI tract issues, back and shoulder problems (among a long list of others). Our bodies literally forget, or discount the importance of how to breathe, sleep, eat, digest, and think. This is not us at our best.
You don't need to give up, or give everything up, in order to change perspective and your quality of life. And if you're busy, it is all the more reason to implement tools that will allow you to be tenable in your efforts. By introducing practices that nourish your parasympathetic nervous system, your "rest and digest" response, you can retrain your conditioning to not always default to your stress response, instead promoting the lessons of deliberate choice, mindfulness in your actions, patience, and intuition. Offering ourselves and others a little more kindness, compassion, and awareness.
Restorative Yoga, Reiki, Yoga Nidra, Sound Healing, Savasana, and taking dedicated time for your own wellbeing can help.
NB: image banner, "Stop the Glorification of Busy" by unknown artist, found on instagram. Words are truer than true, let it be our battle cry.