Rushing: Causes, Signs, and How to Break this Unproductive Habit
How do you know when you’re rushing?
- Moving quickly while doing any activity or task, such as walking, doing dishes, or taking a shower
- Speeding in your car
- Talking quickly
- Not truly listening to what other people are saying
- Always thinking about your next task
- Frequently performing time calculations in your head to see whether or not you can fit in another task
- Constantly feeling like you don’t have enough time
- Falling subject to the myth of multitasking
- Constantly trying to find ways to save time
- Feeling irritable when you face delays
- Frequently running through your to-do list
- Frequently feeling frazzled, anxious, or on edge
- Experiencing physical sensations, such as heart palpitations or a feeling of having excess energy
Why you want to avoid rushing
Ways you can put an end to rushing
Antidepressants or benzodiazepines are sometimes used to help people calm their nervous systems down, allowing them to adopt a slower pace of living. While medications can be helpful for certain people in helping them slow down, the major downside is that these medications don’t permanently repair the root neurological cause of rushing. A person may feel like they’re more in control when on the medications, however, when they discontinue the medication, their rushing habit is likely to pick right back up.
Additionally, antidepressants come with a long list of potential side effects and many people have difficulty discontinuing use. Benzodiazepines are typically even more difficult to discontinue and carry the risk of addiction.
Mindfulness and meditation
Mindfulness and meditation are other common practices that are used to combat rushing. Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
Meditation is a practice that promotes mindfulness and involves quietly sitting with your eyes closed while you pay attention to your breath. Both of these practices are very helpful when it comes to overcoming rushing, as they can help you become aware of your habit. However, many mediators report that the internal feeling of rushing resumes directly post meditation session. We believe that this is the result of the limbic system which has become conditioned to be hyperactive, and requires specific reconditioning or “rewiring” in order to truly settle once and for all.
re-origin uses components of mindfulness in its program, but also teaches people how to replace the faulty neural pathways of rushing with new, functional neural pathways of calmness.
Rewiring the rushing brain
Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re in actual danger, an adrenaline rush is actually a good thing. Adrenaline helps your body react more quickly. It makes your heart beat faster, increases blood flow to your brain and muscles, and stimulates your body to make sugar to use for fuel. When you rush, however, adrenaline is stimulated even though there isn’t actually any threat.
You don’t want to stop adrenaline rushes in the face of real danger, however, you can and should stop adrenaline rushes that occur when there is no real danger. With re-origin’s neuroplasticity program, you can retrain your brain to stop rushing which, in turn, will prevent one source of inappropriate rushes of adrenaline that can lead to anxiety.
A Final Word from re-origin
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