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April 1, 2011

Balancing out our busy lives

Boomer Talk: Balancing out our busy lives

For boomers, this may be a common scenario.

You notice you're too busy; there's not enough time to do it all. You're running around all day and not getting as far as you want, going from task to task or place to place. There's too much on your plate, and you are overstuffed.

You may have said to yourself, "Even though I really want to, I'm too busy. I have no time to just sit down with a good book or get together with an old friend or take a class I'd like to. I'm just too busy for that."

You may think: "There's no way around it. With all my responsibilities, my day is really full and nonstop. I don't even have time to take a deep breath and relax."

But, is this the only choice — the only reality for you?

You might take a moment to notice your life is way out of balance when you are too busy, especially as you move into your mid-to-late 50s or 60s and older. You simply don't do "too busy" all that well. It taxes your brain, stresses your nerves and may drive you to drink or other bad habits.

When the body gets out of balance, an injury is more likely to occur, such as a pulled muscle or a fall that stops you in your tracks, so you can't keep moving as you would like, or your immune system breaks down and you get sick. Then, you then have no choice but to slow down. If you're lucky, it is a mild case with a quick recovery.

Unfortunately, if the build up of stress in the body over time occurs, it may bring forth a chronic, long-term, or even fatal illness.

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