If you are addicted to stay busy all the time, you may have difficulty spending time not ‘doing’. You may feel you are wasting time if you are not scheduling something or find uncomfortable when you are not busy achieving.

If you don’t allow yourself to enjoy the details of the day – the way your morning coffee tasted, the smile on your child’s face, or the sound of the birds in your front yard – because you feel like you must go onto the next item, you may be addicted to being busy.

Feeling the need to be busy all the time is a trauma response and fear-based distraction from what you would be forced to acknowledge and feel if you slowed down.

The only way to break this cycle is to give yourself permission to stop and slow down.

Every time you feel the urge to rush – take a deep breath, pause, and notice what is going on. Do you observe any tension or tightness? What do you keep saying to yourself? Can you tune in to what you are feeling?

Most of the time you keep yourself busy, so you don’t have to feel.

We all want to be productive and use our time well but being constantly busy and not enjoying life can be a sign that you don’t feel safe relaxing. Your stress became an addiction.

If you feel busyness has become a coping mechanism for you, therapy may help. A therapist can show you strategies that allow you to tune in to your inner world, sit with your emotions, and learn healthy ways to cope.