Our brains can’t tell the difference between good stress and bad stress. Our brains and bodies are taxed just the same. I heard that on a podcast. I don’t know if it’s true but it sounds kinda cool.
Whether constantly worried (or amped up) about tomorrow or next week or yesterday or last week, our minds can (and will) achieve burnout.
My thoughts on yesterday’s and tomorrow’s almost always fall in the “worry” category. I carry a lot of bad stress, and very rarely is it about “now”. It’s about something that has happened or is going to happen.
In other words, I rarely give my thoughts to the task at hand. Not all of them. Whether it’s a conversation with my wife or playing with my son, my mind is often taxed with something else. Something that’s not in front of me, and that I have no control over in the “now”.
We’ve all heard the importance of being present. It sounds like something your yoga teacher would say. A bestselling self-help book would almost certainly mention it.
Though possibly cliche, I can’t think of anything more true. Giving your time to the task at hand or person in front of you is almost always the right thing to do.
I don’t do it. But I should.
When I heard the concept of “presentness” with the idea that our minds and bodies are taxed by constantly thinking (whether positively or negatively) about the future or past, it kinda clicked for me.
Being present is good for us and the people around us. It’s time to stop thinking about things that aren’t beneficial or relevant for the here and now.