Unhealthy Hurrying

Unhealthy Hurrying | November 2, 2023

Renowned cardiologists Ray Rosenman and Meyer Friedman coined the term "hurry sickness" after seeing that many of their patients suffered from a "harrying sense of time urgency." They determined that hurry sickness is "a continuous struggle and unremitting attempt to accomplish or achieve more and more things or participate in more and more events in less and less time."

Doesn't it seem like getting a "case of the hurries" is inevitable? Even if you are retired, the calendar can fill up quickly. Whether your dance card is full or not, hurrying through the day, especially during certain seasons, happens to the best of us. Neurologically speaking, when hurrying becomes chronic, your body releases the hormone cortisol and potentially causes health troubles, such as depression and fatigue syndrome. It can also impact your relationships and social behaviors. Anxiousness, irritability, and restlessness all emanate from a constant state of hurry. Therefore, unhealthy hurrying would be categorized as hastiness that has become a regular part of your day that adversely impacts your quality of life.

Thus, the counsel of Psalm 46:10, which says, "Be still, and know that I am God..." is like medicine for a worrisome and hurry-rushed heart.

Perhaps taking the time to focus on God and His timing is a tangible next step if you are suffering from "hurry sickness." Also, prayerfully evaluate your time management with the following questions: Are you sleeping enough? Are you allowing yourself enough time to prepare in the morning or before appointments? How are you doing with your nutrition? Do you spend too much time on your cell phone? Most importantly, are you praying and reading the Scripture daily, seeking God for His timing in your life?

These questions and others like them will help you to develop into a person who operates at a healthier and more productive pace. See, not all "hurry" is terrible. Tomorrow's devotional will explore how hurrying can be healthy and necessary. Until then, seek God's help for your hurry sickness and trust His leading.

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