Friday, January 2, 2015

Hurry Sickness

As we enter a new year and start looking at the future, it's probably a good idea to look at how we face life.  Listening to a sermon on Sunday, I was directed to do a bit more research on a phenomenon called "Hurry Sickness", originally attributed to Dr. Meyer Friedman, who also came up with the definition of a Type A personality.  Many of the references I found refer to a faith-based solution, but there are also some very practical tips to overcoming Hurry Sickness.  I'm taking this information from Tom - "5 Antidotes for Hurry Sickness."

1.  Practice solitude!  - This is a tough one for me, as I get so much energy from being with people.

2.  Sit down! - Another challenge for many of us who are multi-taskers, always just one more thing to accomplish within a 24 hour period of time.

3.  Take a nap! - For me just 20 minutes really helps to rejuvenate my energy level.

4.  Take a road trip! - What? And leave my computer behind?

5.  Set your own agenda! - Now there's a great idea.  In the sermon last Sunday there was reference to saying "no" to all those who want to set your agenda for you.

If you would like to see Tom's Bible references in support of each of these ideas, please click on the link.  But take a few moments in this new year to reflect on these ideas.  I don't think we need a 'New Year's Resolution' to put these into place, but I did see many blogs at the end of the year discussing those "way too busy" times in our lives.  What do you do to get over Hurry Sickness?  Here is a link to Denise Cristobal's 10 Signs That You May Suffer from Hurry Sickness.  See anything you recognize?  

How do you avoid this dilemma?  Any advice for us?
Wishing you a 'slower' 2015 with lots of joy!

Linda Kay
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