Wednesday, June 16, 2010

More Canadians in a Time Crunch, Stressed Out, Report Finds

Source: CTV News (Summary by NIM)

Do you ever feel like you just don't have the time to do everything you have to do or want to do? Sure, we all want to eat well and exercise, plus cross off everything else on our to-do lists, but sometimes it seems as though there just aren't enough hours in the day. Well, if this sounds like your daily life, you're not alone.

According to a new Canadian Index of Wellbeing report, Canadians are getting increasingly stressed out in an effort to balance their personal, family and work obligations. The report highlights the fact that most of us are so busy with our work schedules, that we simply don't have the time to take care of all the other things we want or need to do. For example, the report points out that we have less and less time available for social activities, attending arts performances or volunteering.

The chair of the CIW advisory board, Roy Romanow, said "Not being able to relate to family to friends, to have time to regenerate yourself intellectually, emotionally, physically -- those are the impacts of working all the time. I think we get desensitized, we're remote from each other,".

The sad thing I've come to realize is that even if we do set aside some time for these activities, (in other words: having a balanced life), oftentimes there's a stigma associated, suggesting we have 'too much free time'. When will it become OK to take the time to meditate, help others out and relate to our families and peers without being looked down upon? At least these days there is research to back up the negative effects of stress and overworking oneself, and even more research pointing to the health benefits of relaxation, de-stressing and partaking in activities such as exercise. So do yourself a favour, schedule some time to relax, just as you would an important meeting, and just switch off - for your own health!

Find out more about this report by reading the article called "More Canadians crunched for time: well-being report" from CTV News (June 15, 2010).