Think our lives are busier and more stressed out than ever? That’s what they thought in 1934 too.
In honor of the long, lazy days of summer – here is an excerpt from “The Home of To-Day”, one of my favorite vintage household guides, on the dreadful “Hurry Habit” (aka, multitasking, stress, modern lifestyle, being super woman, having it all, etc etc…)
Hurrying is an insidious vice, if we were only aware of it – one of those things that lead to a nervous breakdown as surely as taking drugs. It is death to health and good looks.
The remedy is to begin at once to see how calmly the days tasks can be undertaken. At first it may mean letting something go undone but with mistakes eliminated and an increase of organizing effort, things will come out even. Think of some special way you have of hurrying, and break yourself of it.
If you are a busy woman throughout the day, make a rule to relax for a short rest in the afternoon. Sit in the sunshine whenever you have the chance. Ten minutes of quiet under these conditions will erase the tension of several hours’ mental strain. Replace the hurry habit by the ‘hold-back’ habit, and food and sleep will then have a chance to produce a notable result.
I’m continually amazed how we all ‘know’ how to keep ourselves healthy, and have known for years and years…we just can’t seem to put it into practice! 🙂
What are you doing to avoid the ‘hurry habit’ and enjoy the summer??