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Experts: Busy Lifestyle Is Bad For Your Health

CNN -- Remember when holidays meant a time to relax, to kick back and enjoy being off with friends and family?
CNN -- Remember when holidays meant a time to relax, to kick back and enjoy being off with friends and family? 

Now with crazy work schedules, 24 -hour Christmas sales, electronic gadgets beeping all day long and the constant go, go, go, we never stop and some experts say, that's not good for our health. 

The idea of having a day of rest has biblical roots. Even God took time off on the seventh day. But today, the world is a different place. 

We are a 24-7 planet, with long work weeks, and to do lists that never end. And at some point, health experts say, we need to slow down.

"Everyone needs a stop day,” says Dr. Matthew Sleeth, author of the book 24/7, A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life. “For some that may involved going to church or synagogue. For some that may mean doing the New York Times crossword puzzle."

Sleeth as examined the reasons we should all take a day off. 

“We are pouring out catecholamines, which are those kinds of flight or fright hormones that are stress hormones,” says Sleeth.

And overall those take a toll on our bodies. 

“They give us higher blood pressure, they increase anxiety and depression,” says Sleeth. “That sort of thing.”

So how can we stop? Dr. Sleeth says cut out some of the time wasting habits.

Get your nose out of your computer, prioritize what's important to you and take that day off. Even eating your food slowly helps you enjoy life in a more healthy way. And cut out the multi-tasking, at least at home.

“There's a saying that the point of life isn't to see how fast you can get through it,” says Sleeth.

So breathe.  
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