What is hurry sickness?

Are you constantly rushing, feeling an urgency to complete tasks, frustrated at any impediment? Always multitasking, unable to sit down or relax? Then you may suffer from hurry sickness.

Hurry sickness is a behaviour pattern characterised by constant panic and rush, even when it’s unnecessary to be moving so fast. It isn’t a diagnosable condition as such; the term was coined by cardiologists Meyer Friedman and Ray Rosenman and made popular in their 1974 book Type A Behaviour and Your Heart.

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Do you get the Sunday Blues (Sunday Scaries) or a similar feeling?

It’s Friday, and many of you I’m sure are feeling relief to be able to step away from work and enjoy the weekend. When you feel that relief it’s usually accompanied by a jolt of anxiety, but about Sunday. When Sunday roles around, you feel the Sunday Blues or the Sunday Scaries. 

It’s that jolt of fear you feel at the realisation that a new work week starts the next day. It’s such a familiar feeling for many of us, but should it be considered OK?

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Have a Happy Blue Monday?

Blue Monday typically refers to the third Monday in January, which is often considered the most depressing day of the year. 

Various factors contribute to this heightened low feelings including: 

  • Weather conditions
  • Debt level
  • Failing New Year’s resolutions
  • Low motivation levels

But why today specifically?

It’s important to note that Blue Monday is not scientifically proven, yet closely relates to the symptoms associated with SAD.

The concept of Blue Monday has been criticised by mental health experts, and many consider it to be more of a marketing gimmick than a legitimate psychological phenomenon. But, if something has not been scientifically proven, does that invalidate how you are feeling? Absolutely not.

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Do You Worry? Don’t! (It’s Not that Easy)

The word worry is a well-known term in this climate.

It’s a tough time, let’s be honest. As someone in London for Christmas 2020, this is going to be a unique holiday season. Should I worry about it though? Kind of. Are there things to worry about generally? Yes absolutely! Is that a bad thing? Not necessarily.

I was grateful to be brought up on the topic of worry for GQ, and what I really liked about the piece was that journalist Justin Myers has given a candid take on how he worries himself.

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