Often we are in a hurry if we have to accomplish a task within a prescribed deadline. We start rushing with things that there is not much time. We start perspiring, sometimes shivering with tension. Some of us has the habit of biting nails when they are nervous about completing a task. This is not normal, this is anxiety. The sense of being ‘rushed’ in a situation is due to anxious thoughts.
So what can we do to immediately avert this thought of anxiety which is not good for health?
We need to talk it out loud. If you are feeling rushed, shout and admit it to yourself that ‘I am feeling rushed’.
It is scientifically proven that if you speak out your feelings and emotions the thought actually keeps reducing in intensity.
“Matthew Lieberman at UCLA, in a research shows that when we name an emotion we actually diminish activity the amygdala and other parts of the limbic system, which is the part of the brain thought to be largely responsible for feelings of anxiety and other stress-related emotions.”
Better to speak with yourself on the anxious feeling rather than be in the thinking. If we are lost in the thinking process about ‘what can happen’, ‘what I have to complete’ and ‘what all task is pending’, it aggravates the anxiety within us, with no solution.
The more we try to consciously avoid anxiety, more we are driven towards it. Consoling yourself with the thought that ‘almost everything is complete, but there is not much time’, only makes you more nervous about the timeline. But when you speak to yourself with your inner voice ‘yes I am nervous’, being in thought is no longer there, so anxiety and tension is much diminished.
Make your steps towards the goal purposely faster. If you are running short of time, try to focus on the game of moving and doing things fast. Walk faster, move faster, do faster not because you have to reach the goal, but because you want to do it, you want to move faster to test yourself. This can alleviate the nervousness in your brain.
Also feel the sensations while doing the work. If you are walking, feel the motion of your footsteps, feel the breeze on your face, if you are typing, notice how your fingers are falling on the keys, this kind of intentional brain activity, can take your mind off the thought, ‘I have to rush, I have no time’. This is kind of a stress reliever.
Bring all the efforts together, when you want to stop being anxious for being in a hurry.
Talking the emotion is helpful, it reduces the thought by bringing the feeling into action. When we talk it out, we automatically find a solution to the situation by making our activities faster for the sake of doing fast. When we concentrate on the sensations while we work, our focus shifts from the anxious thought to a more conformed, fruitful procedure, which is, actually hurrying up, not thinking.