For many years I lived in a mindset that the more stress I was under, the more powerful I was. By telling people how busy I was, I felt important. With a stress addicted life comes many negative behaviors. Being overly stressed meant I self-medicated more. For a long time that self-medication was alcohol. The only positive thing that came out of being a stress addict for me was eventual sobriety and finally learning mindfulness. Once the pain was no longer worth the power I thought I was getting out of being “busy,” I found solutions to living a more peaceful, balanced life.