Classes have started, I have piles and piles of homework and assignments lined up, I just got a new job, and my cell phone cannot stop ringing. It’s only the third day of classes and I feel like I am being pulled in a million directions. I would stop to exhale and count to ten but there is simply not enough time for that. I don’t even have time to write this article, and chances are, you don’t have time to read it.
A recent article in Marie Claire titled How to Break Your Hurry Habit suggests that we create stress to avoid the reality of issues such as insecurity, or fear of rejection. The article describes four “hurry” personality types- the pleaser, the overachiever, the avoider, and the dreamer. These people always feel like they are chasing something, but never actually catch up.
Feeling stressed makes us feel like we are accomplishing something and reaching for our dreams. However, it usually puts us in a bad mood and affects our quality of work. Sit down and make a list of all of life’s current demands. Then, examine the list and ask yourself if these stresses are real or are in your head. Think about why you are always in a hurry all of the time and if there is anything that you may be avoiding by being constantly on the go. Set aside at least fifteen minutes everyday to do something that relaxes you, but don’t look at it as a chore.
Well, my fifteen minutes is up for the day, and you have just enough time to check your e-mail and maybe your Facebook account, if you hurry.