Do we work too much?

Britain seems depressed.

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kittenkat    pirate
25/05/2007 at 11:34
Most people I know are very stressed by the sheer amount of work they have to do. Have we lost any sensible balance in our lives? When I was in Australia in the late 90's, I found they generally had a more relaxed attitude and work wasn't as important as it seems to be here.

25/05/2007 at 11:35

Of course I'm stressed!
25/05/2007 at 11:36
I agree KK. But then it gives us a good excuse to let off steam at the socials!
25/05/2007 at 11:39
Yes. However, after ten years of working all the hours god sends in a busy environment without any real quality time off, with the exception of two weeks somewhere sunny once or twice a year, I am now working nine to five, every weekend, evening, and bank holiday off.

I am also bored sh!tless and have s@d all cash.

Theres no pleasing some people obviously.....
25/05/2007 at 12:10
I don't personally but i do see so many stressed out coz of work -giving no time for other things. That is as depressing as not doing any work. Perhaps if we learned more about ourselves and what really matters in life, society would be a less depressed place.Too much emphasis on "doing" rather than being.
25/05/2007 at 12:11
People who aren't working at all seem to be a great deal less contented than those of us who are.
25/05/2007 at 12:12
mmm V'rap but maybe not those who are over-working to the point of little else.
25/05/2007 at 12:12
Oh yes...i work FAR too much....
sometimes i wonder how i manage to fit it all in :-)
25/05/2007 at 12:12
The Hoose, wise words indeed, nice.
25/05/2007 at 12:14
The right amount of stress is important. I need a bit of stress to make me tick.

I hate a quiet day. Now that is stressful!

My husband often looks at me in the evening and can see I'm going stir crazy if I'm sitting around - I like to be 'doing'.
25/05/2007 at 12:14 a 'doing' person too
25/05/2007 at 12:15
yeah I'd agree with that Mrs P - I need some stresss or I get bored, too much for a long period can get me very down - need to have life outside of work I think.

I think too far either way can be bad
25/05/2007 at 12:16
nowt wrong with doing per se - however a strong obligation to do do do all the time at the expense of your own welfare aint good at all.
kittenkat    pirate
25/05/2007 at 12:19
When I was working full time, my job seemed all consuming. Yes, some stress is important in life but I'm talking about things that are out of your control, is there just too much work to fit in? I know people who are doing jobs that really require 1 and a half people.
kittenkat    pirate
25/05/2007 at 12:19
Agree Hoose
25/05/2007 at 12:20
amen to that Hoose
25/05/2007 at 12:26
KK - Yes i agree, its not been a year yet since i stopped working full time plus extra developing and stuff. I love my life now....just Hubby doing 9 til 4 5 days a week and me here to be with the kids and do my stuff. It works so well with my illness not to be stressed!
kittenkat    pirate
25/05/2007 at 12:29
Kathy I'm self employed now, I left my part time job last year because even that was impossible for me to juggle with littleuns and hubby's on call.
kittenkat    pirate
25/05/2007 at 12:30
plus, like you stress doesn't help my illness.
25/05/2007 at 12:30
I think there's a difference between 'pressure' and 'stress.'

Pressure can be a good motivating force, but stress comes at the point where the pressure becomes unbearable or damaging to health.

When I find I'm spending too long at work, I remember what someone once told me; "Nobody on their deathbed ever says, 'I wish I'd spent more time at work.'"

I then pack up my stuff and go home.

I agree though - we do allow work to affect our health and we shouldn't.
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