So many people seem to admire others who are constantly busy. If you don’t believe me, you can see this for yourself. If someone asks what you’ve been up to lately, notice their reaction to your answer. If you say, “Not much,” most people look a bit disgusted with that answer. However, if you say, “I’ve been really busy,” most people look pleased with your answer.
Keeping busy isn’t always the good thing many people think it is though. Constantly going takes a toll on your physical, emotional & even spiritual health. Physical because you aren’t taking the proper time to rest like your body needs you to. Emotional because you aren’t allowing your mind to relax or giving it time to process things you need to process. Spiritual because you aren’t taking time to spend with God, so He can restore you, heal you or simply love you like you need.
Keeping busy is also a trauma related response. Many people who have experienced trauma throw themselves into activities or work rather than take the proper time to face & heal from their trauma. Think about it. How many people after the death of someone they love, for example, suddenly get more active in work, volunteering, working at their church or other activities? A lot of people do this. They also will frequently say something like keeping busy helps them not to think about their departed loved one so much. Whether or not they realize it, they are trying to avoid the pain of missing their loved one by being so busy, they don’t have time to think about that pain.
As hard as it can be to stop this behavior, it really is important to do so. If you are too busy, I’d like to encourage you to pray about it. Ask God to help you let go of activities that aren’t beneficial to you, to help you streamline your life so you will have more free time, & to give you the courage & strength you need to face the issues you have been avoiding.
Also, seriously examine your activities. Are there things you do that aren’t bringing you any joy or benefiting your life in any way? Then it may be time to abandon them if possible. Or, if you can’t fully abandon them, how about reducing the time, energy & finances spent on those activities?
Use technology to help you. I lean heavily on Google Calendar. It took some time to set it up, but once I did that, it’s become a life saver! All important dates are on it, such as birthdays & anniversaries. I also added dates our monthly bills are due (including notifications for a week or two before to remind me they are coming up soon so I can plan accordingly), & have them recur each month. My husband & I both have Calendar on our cell phones, so we know when we have plans, when we have free time & when our bills are due.
Another useful tool is paying bills online. Most companies save your payment information so if you pay the bill once, you can return each month, click a couple of buttons & pay your bill. If you are financially able, another useful feature is automatic payments. Most companies allow customers to schedule their payment so it automatically comes out of the bank on the same day each month.
Decluttering is another way to free up time. Yes, it takes time to do, but once it’s done, it’s a wonderful thing. My Grandmom had an aversion to clutter, & would say more stuff is only more stuff to clean & maintain. She was right. Less stuff to clean & maintain means more free time for you.
Use common sense, & you no doubt will see activities you can stop or do a different way to free up some time in your life. You’ll enjoy your life a lot more when you have plenty of time to spend in prayer, reading, or whatever other ways you like to spend your time. You’ll also be much less anxious & more able to face whatever issues you need to face. xoxo