Summary of “How to Recover From ‘Busyness’ Addiction”

When Busyness Becomes Addiction For me, busyness addiction sneaks right up, disguising itself as joy, the thrill of being sought after for my talents or skills, and the reward for years of hard work in order to get to a place where I am paid to do what I love.
The thrill of accomplishment is quickly replaced with a full, anxiety-inducing calendar; teaching six days a week for up to 10 hours a day for weeks at a time; taking four to six flights a month from one climate to the next; consuming food that I have little control over; and getting fewer hours of sleep than what I need to restore my body and keep going healthfully.
The SNS is like an emergency response system that releases the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol – under stressful circumstances, our bodies’ resources are habitually diverted to help us survive a heightened state of stress, stress, stress, or work, work, work, as if they were a real, life-threatening danger.
Though we may try to live healthy and vital lives, the fast pace of an urban, globalized, and internet-driven world, and the systemic social, economic, racial, and gender inequalities therein, can cause severe wear and tear on the body, mind, and heart.
Tapping into all of my years as a wellness practitioner, I came up with the following 10 steps to recover from my busyness addiction.
Notice how you stand and where you hold tension in your body as you wait in the various lines for lunch, the ATM, the post office, etc.
Slow, deep nasal breathing brings the “Rest and digest” aspect of nervous system online, so that even when you can’t control the busyness around you, you send a message to your body that everything is OK. Then go back to work attuned, refreshed, and more attentive.
Develop a Body Scan Practice Every evening before dinner, become aware of how your body feels from head to toe.

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