Is Hurry Sickness Real? (Part 2)
People with hurry sickness live with constant stress, worry, anxiety, and irritability. Below we detail what this condition consists of and how to combat it. Do you constantly multitask around the clock and feel pressured or anxious about any delay? Are you one of those people talking on the phone and serving children while answering an email? If this is your case, you likely suffer from the disease of haste. This condition has not been listed as a distinct clinical condition. However, cardiologists coined the term to refer to a pattern of behavior present in type A personalities, characterized by the urgency of time and impatience. In general terms, they defined the disease of haste as a chronic and ongoing struggle to achieve more and more things in less time. People with this condition tend to multitask in a hurry, try to save as much time as possible, and feel irritable when they are delayed. Don’t forget to check out the first part of this blog!
POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES OF HURRY SICKNESS
The chronicity of the rush can have severe consequences for the general well-being of the person. The most common are those that we will explain now.
PHYSICAL – Being constantly in a rush keeps us from focusing on self-care. We even begin to neglect necessary healthy habits, such as hydration, diet, physical activity, and good rest. These practices are the best tool to combat stress and anxiety. If we neglect them, we will begin to notice insomnia, problems in the immune system, fatigue, headaches, and digestive issues. Also, living under constant stress increases your chances of suffering from high blood pressure. One study found that traits associated with type A personalities (urgency and impatience) increase hypertension.
MENTAL – Believing that you don’t have enough time to fulfill responsibilities creates a lot of stress and anxiety. On the other hand, you’re always worried that starting the next task on the list causes problems concentrating on the activity being done in the present. In turn, paying little attention to the task implies spending more time than stipulated and doing poor quality work. This leads to more stress, feelings of inadequacy, failure, low self-esteem, irritability, or anger.
SOCIAL – When the mind is thinking about the pending issues and how to make the time last longer, we stop listening and paying attention to our partner, friends, or family. We also stopped meeting with our loved ones. On the other hand, the emotional exhaustion produced by the rush prevents being a source of emotional support or physical affection for those close to them. All these circumstances or similar events end up deteriorating relationships.
HOW TO BEAT HURRY SICKNESS?
There are ways to approach the disease of haste and not let it consume us. These tips can help you, and concentrate on them and try to apply them to your particularity.
LEARN TO SAY NO – Many people get caught up in the rush sickness because they don’t know how to set limits and say “no. ” They often think that refusing bothers their loved ones or creates conflict at work. But in the end, it ends up being detrimental since they are accelerated by lack of time and do poor quality work. Setting limits is healthy.
PRACTICE MINDFULNESS – Mindfulness or mindfulness helps focus our minds on things that are happening in the present. Consequently, it is a handy skill that you can develop when trying to control haste. Ideally, it would help if you made it part of your routine. Try to extend mindfulness to all aspects of your life. In other words, don’t just meditate for a few minutes a day and then go back to your busy lifestyle. You must reflect and be present during most of your actions.
SEEK SUPPORT – Having support figures helps to combat anguish and worries. Talk about your situation with your loved ones and co-workers. In them, you can find the support you need to get ahead. Likewise, psychotherapeutic assistance is always a good option to achieve effective and lasting results. A mental health specialist will provide you with the necessary tools to overcome this condition.
FOCUS ON YOUR PERSONAL CARE – Take care of your body and its needs, no matter how busy you are. Your health will deteriorate without a healthy diet, quality sleep, water, physical exercise, and companionship. You will appreciate investing time in this care since you will have more energy. With meditation, you can find a center that brings you back to what is essential. This practice should be routine.
DO ACTIVITIES THAT YOU LIKE – In addition to the basics of self-care, take time to do activities that you enjoy. This will help balance your lifestyle, offering enjoyment, relaxation, and tranquility.
IDENTIFY THOSE THINGS THAT GIVE YOU STABILITY – We all have zones that provide us with stability, and these can be objects, people, ideas, or places—for example, the home, the hug of the couple, or talking with a friend. Identify what situations make you feel good and go to them when you feel like you can’t take it anymore. It is an excellent way to disconnect and recover.
BE POSITIVE – It’s easy to get alienated with negative thoughts when we are overloaded and in a rush. Therefore, a positive outlook can help you feel more motivated. To do this, identify these thoughts when they come to your mind and change them for realistic and positive alternatives.