Health Issues from Busyness
Most of us are busy. We have packed schedules, commitments and are often quite overextended especially during the holidays. Daily life comes along with endless activities, opportunities and commitments. Before we know it we are exhausted, fatigued, anxious and possibly even depressed. All these can lead to a degradation of our immune system which naturally opens the door for chronic disease such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer.
Let’s talk about the word “busy”. We wear it like a badge of honor or maybe an Olympic gold medal. We compare ourselves to others thinking no one can be busier than we are!
Webster defines busy as:
1. engaged in action
2. full of activity
3. foolishly or intrusively active
4. full of distracting detail
My definition of busy (when used as an excuse for not doing what is best regarding health, business, etc.) is the person has not made ____(fill in the blank with health, self-care, business. etc.) a priority in their life. Interestingly enough, when a client comes to me for weight-loss they struggle with making their health a priority and/or lack discipline. However, with a client comes to me with cancer, they have all the time and resources needed to fight it. They are no longer “too busy”.