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Busy is the New Happy

I recently saw a picture posted on a social networking site that read "Busy is the New Happy". I immediately thought "YES"! It reminded me of a saying I often heard growing up: "An idle mind is the devil's playground". Now that I'm older, I've come to understand this simply implies be mindful of your thoughts. Negative thoughts can become destructive leading to low self-worth. This is a concept I teach clients who feel stuck, unmotivated, or who are not feeling good about themselves. 

First, there is a difference between being productive and simply filling your time with meaningless things. Being productive focuses on quality not quantity, allowing you to enhance and produce positive outcomes. Engage in activities that distract you from your worries or over thinking. This doesn't mean work until you're too tired to sleep. This means structure your days and time with activities that bring about enjoyment and a sense of accomplishment. When you've accomplished something or engage in a fun activity, you feel good. 

Secondly, it is important find a healthy balance. Busy doesn't have to mean working all day, parenting all evening, etc. Schedule time to do things you enjoy as an individual. That could be playing a game, reading a novel, taking tennis lessons, a round of golf, cooking a new recipe, or knitting. Busy is the new happy because structuring your time and engaging in activities that you enjoy are positive distractions from negative thinking. What are you waiting for? GET BUSY!

*Info in this blog is strictly my personal/professional opinion. Posts and comments are not intended to treat, diagnose, or replace any medical advice you may have received. Please contact your doctor or therapist if you feel you need help, and in any case of emergency, dial 911

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Shaketa on Monday, November 18, 2013 12:11 PM
Practice is key. One step at a time. :-)

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