Signs You're Dealing With 'Hurry Sickness' (And What To Do About It) - Deepstash

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Hurry sickness is a behaviour pattern

It is characterised by continuous rushing and a sense of urgency, even if there is no need for it. You may be racing to cross items off your to-do list, multi-tasking, or feeling agitated if you are slowed down.

Hurry sickness is part of the broader Type A personality complex, according to professor John Schaubroeck. If you are always in a hurry, you're also likely to be driven to achieve small outcomes, be competitive, and impatient.

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What hurry sickness looks like

  1. Everything is a race for you. You treat everyday tasks such as shopping, eating or driving like a race, and slowing down cause you anxiety.
  2. Focusing on just one task at a time feels intolerable. You want to know what else you can squeeze in.
  3. You get highly irritable when you are delayed. You'll do anything to avoid wasting time.
  4. You always feel like you are behind schedule. A day is not long enough for you.
  5. Your impatience causes you to interrupt or talk over people.
  6. You feel satisfied if you can check things off your to-do list.

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Living in a hurry can be damaging

A perpetually rushed state can cause chronic stress, which can weaken your immune system, and interfere with your sleep and energy levels. It can also make it challenging to stay focused, which may affect your work performance.

The constant feeling of urgency can draw us away from meaningful relationships. We lose patience with those who move slower and struggle to stay connected and empathetic, ultimately leading to conflict and fallouts.

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How to deal with hurry sickness

  • Place tasks in a proper perspective. Consider what is really time-sensitive and what is not.
  • Carve out small windows of time for self-care, then increase them over time. Use the time to do things you enjoy, such as reading, talking, walking and meditation.
  • Create an evening routine to help you wind down.
  • Give yourself time to think. Constantly moving from task to task prevents you from seeing the bigger picture.
  • Get support from loved ones. Ask them to point out when you're falling back into your old habits.

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