A Case for Not Always Being Busy
ILLUSTRATION by ANYA AYALA
Why do we find it rewarding when we’re busy or overworked but feel guilty for resting and taking time for ourselves? Being uncomfortable with stillness is common, says psychological astrologer Jennifer Freed. She finds that some people overcompensate with productivity because they don’t want to face their inner needs. But taking time to
check in with yourself is valuable because it allows you to show up for the world with renewed energy and grace. Freed feels that the key to being more balanced is equal parts exercise, healthy eating, reflection, and creativity. She gives tips below on how to fulfill each need based on astrology. Getting away from the culture of busyness and into this new paradigm requires work, and the first step is leading with compassion instead of comparison.
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