In 2017, Columbia and Harvard researchers discovered that Americans now valued busyness over leisure time and this was the new status symbol to achieve. In fact, people were more impressed by online posts showing products aimed at busy people than expensive items like a yacht or exclusive vacation. Being busy is equated with success and regarded more highly. It has turned into literally keeping up with the Joneses to show your social status. Yet busyness has emerged as a significant health concern.
The belief we need to do it all and do it well has created a feeling of constant anxiety. Overscheduling can cause people to not sleep, think or even make time for important activities like exercise. It can cause emotional distress and can manifest as difficulty in focusing, irritability, impatience, lack of concentration and even mental and physical fatigue.
How do we take ourselves out of the running for being the busiest and shift our focus to a better and healthier balance?
One of the hardest things to do in our American culture is to take time to practice solitude. Solitude allows for the mind to work on how to be a better person and hopefully, how to help create and make a better world. It’s more than just “me time,” but rather is a time to actively reflect and focus. Even though solitude is often mistakenly interchanged with it, solitude does not mean loneliness. Loneliness is isolating and being in a negative state. It’s even possible to feel alone surrounded by people. But solitude is being alone without being lonely. It is positive and often gives us the ability to think better and be more creatively—entering in broken and coming out refreshed and renewed.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, T. D. Jakes