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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

In 1982 Larry Dossey coined the term “time sickness” to define the belief that many people have about the fact that time is always slipping away, that there is never enough of it, and that we must go faster and faster to keep up.

Whew!! I'm exhausted just thinking about that. 

"The cult of speed not only affects our health, it also makes us more unhappy and less productive. But it turns out that we can slow down and also be more productive because of it. 

In order to do that, we should stop worrying so much about time and instead learn to better manage our attention focus. Making our own decisions about what we should be doing at every moment of our life puts us behind the wheel."  Francisco Sáez

I often find myself saying that time is slipping away or feeling like time is zooming by so fast that I just don't know where it is going. 

How do we help to heal ourselves from time sickness, because I know that I am a victim of it and I bet that many of you are too. 

Apparently, the secret is fairly simple. We need to learn how to live in the moment, enjoying each moment for what it is, and also to decide what our priorities are. 

I have made a decision to do just that. I have been meditating regularly to calm myself when I feel stressed, sitting and enjoying the present moment, and choosing for myself how I spend my time.

It isn't easy to break the habit of trying to do it all, but I know that for my physical and mental health it will be worth it.

How about you? Do you think that you suffer from time sickness, and if so how would you go about healing yourself?

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  1. I very much try to live in the moment. I find it much healthier to be that way. However with this bunch in the WH I feel my health has suffered. I took my daughter out to lunch for her birthday yesterday. She asked me if I thought maybe that was why I was having to have a heart test. I said quite possibly.

    1. Brenda, many of my friends are having stress related illnesses or problems since January. I find that I am on edge due to his recklessness with taunting North Korea.

    2. This is a very stressful time and that wreaks havoc on our physical and mental health.

  2. Laura, Oh yes, honey, I do feel that time flies by or slips away so quickly. When I worked I had to make the most of my time and seemed to get more done, than I do now as a retiree. Go figure. I know it has a lot to do with living here in the country, cause when I lived in town I would jump in my car and go see my daughter who lives there or my sisters. I have let this happen to me. I need to manage my time better. When I miss someone , I need to just go see them. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

  3. I do feel like that. My health has also suffered this past year. I'm trying to take it one day at a time, enjoy it more and relax. I'm not always successful but the trying is helping. Having friends who are going through the same things helps also. I'm not alone and that is a comfort. Hugs!

  4. I do suffer from time sickness. Wise words, Laura. Enjoy every moment of your weekend.

  5. I definitely do what I can to try and squeeze in extra chores in the mornings so my evenings can be more peaceful - that's how I combat time sickness in my house!

  6. I think it is all a matter of perception. Live in the moment! Enjoy your moment!

  7. I do a fair job of living in the moment, I think. I don't stress out over most things like I used to and I take time to enjoy the simple things in life as much as I can. When health issues rear their ugly heads, I try to deal with them as calmly as I can. Wish I could be as calm about the crazy happenings in the world lately, everything is just upside down. I best not get started on that!

  8. I find that if I slow down, then time slows down. I'm also trying to quit making so many lists! Do this, do that, blah blah blah.. and they all stress me out. I need to be more "spur of the moment". Meditation is good. I'm also using some accupressure for stress and it is really helping.


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