Feel like you are constantly racing against the clock? Are you rushing here there and everywhere which results with you experiencing unwanted stress?
Well, welcome to the club where us women are overly tired and completely wired because we’re always BUSY.
Apparently, this lifestyle that we have is called as the Rushing Woman’s Syndrome, as coined by biochemist Dr. Libby Weaver. A modern term to describe the exhaustion and loneliness that women like us feel which has no direct cause.
The anxiety, discomfort and unhappiness is brought to us by a myriad of factors and it has become a norm, a habit, a lifestyle.
Busy. Busy. Busy. Not only could you be suffering from anxiety but you are also more likely to get sick as your body is run down.
“Women will be setting themselves up for a very bumpy ride in menopause and beyond”, Dr. Weaver wrote in an article published at the Daily Mail.
The good news is, there are ways to reduce (and hopefully, completely eradicate) the negative effects of the syndrome to the body and mental health.
1. Resist the Need to Do it NOW
Most mothers complain that there are simply not enough hours in the day to get everything done. Apart from risking turning into a zombie and sleeping less, is there any way to prevent the rushing revolution and actually enjoy the moments in the day? The answer is YES. It will take a lot of mind-setting and discipline but it is totally doable. Is it really the end of the world if you are unable to get the house cleaned? Or if you have to buy the present tomorrow? No, it’s not. Train your brain to think like this and hopefully your body will follow, too.
2. Sit down
If you love making lists and completing projects each day, then add this one very important ‘thing to do’ to you to-do list – sit down. Then do something totally unproductive! That’s right. Set a time and stick to it. Sure, it may not seem as important as some of the other chores on the list, but, if it’s written in your diary, then it must be done.
3. Stop Being so Accessible
One big concern in these times is that there really is no way to disconnect from society. Even if you are at home, you can still be reached via phone, mobile, text, tweet, Facebook, IM, Skype, etc. In order to slow down, you need to escape all the crazy connections, even if it’s just for the day. Sure, you miss a phone call and you don’t answer a friend’s text right away, but schedule some time to check your emails, make the phone calls and catch up on your Facebook messages every day (or once a week is even better!) instead of feeling the urgency to do it as soon as you are beeped.
4. Breathe Right
Stopping the need to constantly rush around is all in the mind. What this means is that you need to focus on calming your body and your mind. Simple breathing can help with this. Take 20 long slow breaths before getting out of bed and during the day. Try it while you are on hold with Centrelink, while you wait for the kettle to boil, while you are dropping the kids off at school. Or, if you have the time, consider taking a mediation based course such as Tai chi or yoga to help you get into this mind set.
5. Eat Properly
You might wonder what eating properly means. But this one is on this list because it is one of the many things us women try to do while doing something else. Eating while feeding the baby, eating while reading emails, eating while writing the grocery list and the many things we can do with the other hand while the other is holding a fork.
Eating properly means sitting down and savouring each spoonful. Not only does this help you chew your food properly which in the long run helps your digestion and weight loss goals, but it also gives you a bit of a time out. A time out from thinking and just feeling the food that goes into your mouth. We can hardly remember what we ate for breakfast because we were simply to engrossed in something else!
6. Ditch the Coffees
You may feel like coffee is the driving point behind your day but it could also be the culprit for your stress and anxiety. Coffee is linked to an increase in adrenaline which will get you moving but can also trigger panic and pressure. If you do feel constantly panicky, then try drinking green tea instead.
Try these tactics for two weeks and see if you notice a difference. While you may not be able to create the 30-hour day, you may be able to train your body to believe that 24 hours in the day is more than enough and you deserve an hour to sit down, breathe right and calm your rushing mind.