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Manage time pressure

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Hurry less, enjoy more

If you're like most people, you feel stressed because you've got too much to do and not enough time.

Feeling rushed and overwhelmed can take a toll on your health and the quality of your life.

When you haven't got time to relax

You may not accomplish what you think you should, so you may not feel good about yourself.

Family dinnerYou may not enjoy the process of accomplishing your goals or pat yourself on the back for your achievements because you're rushing to do the next task.

Your personal relationships may not thrive because you don't have time for real conversations and intimacy.

You may lose sleep, which can lead to daytime sleepiness, memory problems, depression, slow thinking, and grumpiness.

Your jam-packed schedule can make it easy to slip into bad habits, like eating badly, not exercising, smoking, drinking, and or using caffeine to rev yourself up.

Your life doesn't have to be so hurried. Most people are too busy because of their choices, and if your life feels out of sync, there are techniques you can use to reduce time stress, so you can hurry less and enjoy more.

Source: Adapted with permission from the Healthy Mind, Healthy Body Handbook (as published under the title Mind & Body Health Handbook), David Sobel, MD, and Robert Ornstein, PhD, 1996

Reviewed by: Andrew Bertagnolli, PhD, November 2015
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