Being Too Busy is Dangerous - How to Identify it & Restore Your Health and Sanity.
Tell me if this sounds familiar: You run into someone you haven't seen for a while and ask them how they are doing and they say, "I am sooooo busy." Or maybe someone asks you about how things are going and your knee-jerk response is to reply, "I'm really busy," maybe even with a bit of pride at how busy you are.
Let's face it, we are living in a very fast-paced world and especially in Singapore, most of the working adults usually work more than 40 hours per week. However, busyness also does not mean that you are getting all that is necessary done. Some of this busyness is self-imposed as many people take on added work and obligations voluntarily.
As from my personal experience, busy doesn’t adequately describe my life over the past few years. Looking back from my current safe vantage point, I’m not sure how I survived.
The Stress Of A Busy Schedule
In 2011, I was working full time for a company and working part time trying to start up my own business. In the year before, I had my third child - my only daughter, who turned out to be a non-sleeper and a constant crier.
After nine months of sleeplessness, stress, and upset I went back to the workforce ‘part time’, working three days a week, but the reality was I had the same workload, only now I had to sort out childcare as i am living by myself with no parent support and stay awake all night to deal with my daughter too.
Over the course of three years we also moved three times. You know how they say moving is the most stressful experience? It is—especially with two jobs, two school-going kids and a toddler.
On top of all this stress I kept getting ill. I will always wake up either lethargic or down with a terrible flu and would usually suffer from back pain. I cried literally all the time. Being a mum is hard, but I told myself “Get a grip,” every day.
The Wake Up Call
Then one of my aunt passed away at the young age of forty-nine.
She was always busy working and looking fabulous. She complained to her doctor about headaches sometimes and he sent her away with a “stress” diagnosis. The following week a call came through, she was brought to the emergency after suffering from chest pain and she passed on with heart failure.
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