How Does being busy effect Lifestyle choices
If you are always on the go and like to keep yourself busy, there may be some unexpected benefits. Recent research suggests that busy people often make more healthy choices.
For the study participants to feel busy, the scientists exposed them to quiet, subtle messages that suggested that they were busy people. People who felt that they were busy (due to the suggestions or reminders of how busy they really were) tended to make better, more healthful choices than their counterparts who had no such mentions or reminders prior to the testing.
Researchers say, every day we make many decisions that involve choosing between our immediate and future well-being. When we perceive ourselves to be busy, it boosts our self- esteem, tipping the balance in favor of the more virtuous choice."
This study also discovered, however, that feeling busy may not always be a positive thing. It can have the opposite effect in some cases.
The authors point out that busyness coupled with time constraints can lead to stress and anxiety. So, if you have a lot to do but not a lot of time to do it in, it can result in impulsive decisions that may be more unhealthful, such as eating quick but less nutritious food and doing less physical activity.
The authors also explain that being busy can create higher self-esteem, noting that being busy can be self-perceived as a badge of honor, and to maintain it, the participants were driven to make more healthful choices than those who were not quite so busy.
Self-esteem, in general, has an enormous impact on the human psyche, as well as overall general health. Low self-esteem can cause anxiety and stress, negatively impact relationships, school, or job performance, and lead to increased chances of drug or alcohol abuse.
It is no wonder, then, that having higher self-esteem (even because of something as seemingly simple as "feeling busy") can help us make more healthful lifestyle choices.
As long as time constraints don't become a factor, being active and busy can help us maintain quality self-esteem, and, by extension, a more healthful lifestyle.
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