Anyone who has a job, is a parent, is a school pupil or a university student will be able to relate to the feeling of being so busy that you barely have time to breathe. When the majority of your day is spent working, it can get to a point where a question pops into your head, and sounds something like, 'What's the point of it all?' 

When I started my new job, I was thrown in at the deep end, working more hours than I'd ever worked in my life. My thoughts would be punctuated by the odd 'I hate this job' and I'd wish to be anywhere but there. I thought it wouldn't get better. My body needed time to adjust to the change of working for so long, but it wasn't enough to let my body get into the swing of things, my mind needed to get a handle on it too. Working long hours can make it difficult to find time to eat, and as a result, our bodies suffer. It all sounds a bit grim, right? But once you get into the swing of things, being busy isn't necessarily a bad thing!

Being busy gives you confidence

Your job might be in retail, it might be in an office, you might run your own business, or you might even run a few blogs...but whatever you do day-in day-out, it'll make you more confident in non-working situations. Dealing with customers isn't anyone's favourite, but on your days off, when you're shopping...you are the customer! Being on the other side of things will change your perspective and your behavior towards social situations. If you've dealt with many customers, you'll have a voice that is confident and clear. Make good use of it! Likewise, if you work from home or run a blog...yes, you may not have face-to-face interactions when it comes to online comments, feedback and questions, but it'll still allow you to hone your voice and your writing. This, will in turn provide you with confidence in yourself and what you stand for. 

Doing something is better than doing nothing

When we're busy, all we wish for is a moment to ourselves, or a day off...or two days off, or why not a whole week off! But something I've realised is this: I look forward to my days off more, and I plan in advance to make the most of that day. If I wasn't working, and I had every day to myself, I'd get lost. I'd run out of things to do, and then I'd feel like I wasn't making the most of my time. This can often lead to feeling sad, and in more extreme cases, becoming seriously depressed. Doing nothing isn't always healthy for us, whereas taking a break, relaxing in between being busy, is good for us. I'd rather be busy and look forward to my break, than have an abundance of free time that I don't know what to do with. 

Working hard = earning rewards

Everyone likes to feel rewarded! If we have a job, then we have a purpose. Our purpose might be as simple as helping someone find something, or advising them on a subject they know nothing about. It might be that, as much as you would like to be at home rather than at work, you are the only person who can help another during any given moment. When you do finally make it home, you can enjoy that warm cup of tea, or that book you're reading, safe in the knowledge that you worked hard, helped who you needed to help, and that you greatly deserve the relaxation you now have. Time to yourself always feels better when you've had a busy day with no time to think. 

Plus, when pay day comes, you can reward yourself with a bit of shopping here and there. You don't need to break the bank, just give yourself a little treat and reassure yourself that it's all worth it in the end. 

For this article, I drew on my own recent experience. Being a graduate, I have just entered the world of work with my first contract job. I dislike working 9-5, but a couple of months in and I have noticed that I'm a more confident speaker, and that I am more productive in my down time. This is a big thing for someone who suffers with anxiety! 

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