When people need help the most is usually when they don't have the time to seek it. At least, that is their perception. However, as Sidney Harris, the journalist said, “ The time to relax is when you don't have the time for it.” Many times, people seek help after major stress occurred in their lives: “I don't know why I'm having problems now, it was last year when I was really stressed.” What they didn't know was that by not taking the time to deal with the stress, their body was physically impacted creating chronic problems. Those problems, then, take more time to cope with often leading to an ongoing cycle of stress.
The problem with the concept of not having TIME is that people perceive time as immutable—there is only a fixed amount and when you use it up, it is gone. Seems reasonable, doesn't it?
However, another way to perceive time is based on how we use it, not on how much time we have.
Thus, some things consume our time and other things give us time.
In the case of stress, our time is consumed by unnecessary behaviors.
When stressed, we become more forgetful and repeat actions. We make more mistakes which takes time to correct. We don't take care of ourselves with diet and exercise which leads to being more susceptible to illness.
And people probably play more mobile games when stressed because “I need to relax—I'm stressed!” The problem is that people often think of “relaxing” as engaging in mindless activities like playing games or watching TV.
Instead, use the relaxation methods such as guided imagery, breathing, and mindfulness.
These methods of relaxing provide us with more time.
When you take the time to relax, to breathe, and to be more mindful you gain time.
You may think you don't have time for a 15 minute relaxation audio twice a day when you are stressed. Or, you don't have time to focus on mindful breathing throughout the day.
But if you take the time to relax, you will have more time to accomplish what you need to because you will be more focused.
When you are focused, your memory is better and you can accomplish more in a shorter period of time.
Truly, the time to relax is when you don't have the time.