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Crazy Busy

Keeping Sane in a Stressful World

Launspach, Thijs

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1. Auflage September 2022
272 Seiten, Softcover
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ISBN: 978-0-85708-945-8
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Abolish stress. Rediscover joy. Replenish your energy.

In Crazy Busy acclaimed psychologist Thijs Launspach examines why we often work ourselves to the bone and what we can do to prevent this. He explains how to cope with stress and create more peace and calm in your life. He draws on the latest scientific knowledge, the methods used by experts and the stories told by those who have learned the hard way what stress can do to both body and mind. All to provide you with the answer to the question: how can you free yourself from a life of stress?

A full diary and no time to think; the feeling that you are always playing catch-up and never quite hitting the mark: our lives today are almost invariably crazy busy. Being busy is one of the hallmarks of the modern era. But the pressure is taking its toll on us.

The number of burnouts has risen dramatically over the past ten years. In fact, it has now reached epidemic proportions: approximately one in seven of all workers suffers badly from stress or has been forced to take a break from work because of stress-related complaints. And even if you don't reach the actual burnout stage, stress can still make your life a lot less enjoyable.

Why are our lives so hectic? Have we all become workaholics? Why are we so susceptible to FOMO (the Fear Of Missing Out)? And most importantly, what can you do to cope with the stress in your life and prevent a burnout?
* Do you find yourself rushing to get things finished more than once a week?
* Do others often offer you well-intentioned advice on 'how to slow things down a little'.
* Do you ever suspect that the stress you feel prevents you from being as happy as you would like to be?
* Are you more addicted to your smartphone than you would care to admit? Is it the first thing you reach for when you wake up in the morning?
* Do you often find yourself longing to stop and take a break from it all?

If your answer to one or more of these questions is 'Yes', then this is the book for you.

Introduction ix

10 Ways to Lower Your Stress Levels -- A Quick Guide xv

1 WE'RE ALL WORKAHOLICS NOW 1

#LoveMyJob 6

Continuous change 10

Committed to the cause 12

Always on 16

The terrible tale of e-mail 20

The need to switch off 25

2 ALWAYS IN A HURRY 27

FOMO 31

Overclocking 34

Choice overload 38

The dictator in your pocket 43

Organising stuff 48

Tackling the symptoms 51

3 BEING BUSY IS A CHOICE 53

Have to versus want to 57

Being busy versus being under pressure 61

Procrastination 64

Perfectionism 69

Not my patch, sorry! 75

Setting boundaries 81

Choosing a more relaxed life 86

4 YOUR BOSS IS A BEAR 89

Hormones and the nervous system 92

Fight or flight 93

Cave dweller with an office job 95

Stressors 98

Baseline stress level 100

Breathe 103

5 BURNOUT 107

What is a burnout? 111

How do you recognise a burnout? 116

Past the shame 119

Recovering from burnout 121

Hello body, are you okay? 124

After a burnout 126

Intermezzo: relax! 129

6 WARNING! 131

Essential maintenance 135

Recognising your warning signs 139

Taking action 141

Contingency plan 145

7 PEACE OF MIND 149

Make time for yourself 153

An empty mind 155

Goals 159

Priorities 161

Planning for professionals 166

Pulling rank on e-mail 172

The power of habit 174

On becoming a robot 179

8 FOCUSED ON THE JOB 181

Mindfulness 186

Deep work 193

The pomodoro method 198

From source of stress to source of solace 200

Your attention is yours alone 203

2030 BURNOUT-FREE -- A MANIFESTO 205

When you are worried about someone 207

At work 209

Drastic measures 214

Two scenarios 219

THE DARK ARTS OF STRESS RELIEF 223

References 225

Notes 231

Index 233
Thijs Launspach (1988) is a psychologist and author. He teaches at The School of Life Amsterdam, is a trainer and keynote speaker on stress and burnout and writes a weekly column for a national newspaper in the Netherlands.
www.thijslaunspach.nl
@thijslaunspach

T. Launspach, The School of Life Amsterdam