With old-fashioned jobs from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, being very few and far between, nearly half of British employees feel like they have no time for fun anymore. Could you be one of them?
There has also been a huge rise in the amount of things people are required to do themselves that were previously dealt with by a friendly member of staff in a local branch.
Take the banks, for example, which now encourage customers to do everything for themselves online or on their mobile phones, rather than having a member of staff in the branch sort it out for them.
There has also been a lot of cost-cutting exercises and paring staff levels down to the bare minimum, meaning those few remaining employees are doing their own job plus several other people’s jobs as well.
Many people are now balancing a job alongside childcare, school runs, taking children to clubs or after-school activities, household chores, cooking and overtime work, as well as managing their own personal admin tasks, such as paying bills, food shopping and everything else that keeps a household running.
Alongside all that, they may have a partner or a relative who needs their attention too. Some may even be a carer to a family member or somebody else. This is causing British adults to feel under constant pressure and leading to more stress-related problems.
There has also been a rise in the number of people seeking help for physical health problems related to sitting at desks for long periods of time, as well as problems related to poor sleep.
With the constant need to check social media, emails and other work-related things, it’s meaning that people are taking their phones to bed with them, checking them throughout the night and the moment they open their eyes in the morning. This inevitably means that they aren’t switching off or achieving quality sleep.
A lack of free time for leisure and relaxation activities is causing a huge strain and having a negative effect on both physical and mental health. This highlights the importance of finding time in such a busy world to take a break to focus on your own mental and physical health.
Recent research suggested that people who hire a cleaner to help out with household chores and cleaning felt happier, and they also found that this made people happier than buying material goods.
Having a cleaner gave people more time to spend on hobbies and leisure activities, boosting their overall wellbeing both mentally and physically by reducing stress levels. This highlights the importance of having a work-life balance and focussing on promoting good health and wellbeing, at work as well as at home.
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