When Being Busy Becomes Unhealthy

Constantly being busy is neurologically taxing and emotionally draining. In his new book, Jon Kabat-Zinn writes that you’re doing a disservice to others by always being busy. Busyness is often an excuse for the discomfort of being alone with your own thoughts. More people were working more hours while offering more excuses as to why they were never really present-the word “More” being the constant catalyst of inattention and stress. So many people of wealth understand much more about making and saving money than about using and enjoying it. In a moment of lucidity Kabat-Zinn recognizes that every gain comes at a loss. Saying yes to more things than we can actually manage to be present for with integrity and ease of being is, in effect, saying no to all those things and people and places we have already said yes to.

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