In this podcast, I share my busyness-addiction journey and how I try and balance it out with different kinds of rest in order to continue to flourish. When I use the word “rest”, I am not referring to sleeping at night, but rather taking a breather sometime in the day. 20 minutes that gets you away from a screen, removes you from decision-making activities, disconnects you from the demands of others, slows down your mental chatter and reconnects your head, heart and body.

An addiction to busyness is becoming a pandemic in its own right. Learning when to stop and rest, or sensing when we need to stop and rest, is almost becoming a form of intelligence – let’s call it the self-care quotient. It requires us to be awake, aware and disciplined. It requires us to look after ourselves!

Listen in to how you can make use of rest, in many different forms; to keep performing at your best in every area of your life so that you are coming from a place of fullness rather than depletion. Effective rest during the day can also improve your quality of sleep at night. Who wouldn’t want that?

“What do you most need to ‘weed’ out of your life or let go of, to flourish in 2022?”

• Toxic relationships 27%

• Fear of failure 31%

• Addiction to being too busy 42%”

Nikki Bush LinkedIn Poll January 2022

“We often use busyness to cover for our fears. If we are busy, we must be okay. If we are busy, we must be being really productive. If we are busy it means we must be successful. Right? Actually, wrong in many instances.”

Nikki Bush, Human Potential and Parenting Expert

“Rest deficit is something that high-achieving, high-producing, chronically-tired and burnt-out individuals experience because they don’t see the difference between rest and sleep, and think that sleep should do it all for them.”

Nikki Bush, Human Potential and Parenting Expert

“I was a better mom if I took 20 – 30 minutes of alone time, and I had more clarity, creativity and problem-solving ability at work too. Of course, when my children were small, I had to arrange this ‘time off’ for me around when I had help at hand to look after my children. As they grew older, they knew that shutting my door for quiet time was a good thing, for them and for me. To this day, I still take 20 minutes off to do something restful to refill my energetic cup, to ground and center me.”

Nikki Bush, Human Potential and Parenting Expert

“We have to stop racing and chasing 24/7 at work and in our personal lives, or we will literally fall over.”

Nikki Bush, Human Potential and Parenting Expert

“My suggestions are pretty simple, restorative activities that can lift you, inspire you and help you maintain your sanity, while continuing to perform at your best. Temper your busyness with a bit of rest and it will help you to future-proof yourself for the long haul too.”

Nikki Bush, Human Potential and Parenting Expert

“Love yourself enough to build different kinds of rest into your busy schedule, beyond going to sleep at night.”

Nikki Bush, Human Potential and Parenting Expert