My personal story with burnout left me living life on a constant knife's edge of anxiety. As if every day of my life had been an abyss of poor choices, and self-loathing. The daily fear battle I was fighting around the impact have on my future was real.
Too often, our culture assigns self-worth with productivity. We feel that time could be spent on something more worthwhile. When we are not working, we fill our time catching up on "life", doing that load of laundry, cleaning piled dishes, catching up on personal paperwork, checking emails and generally thinking about the gazillion errands that need to be run!
The devastating impact of the last six years of economic austerity, with its savage attacks on public services and on workers' rights is evident in the motions submitted for debate at this year's TUC Congress.
Personally now with that mind-blowing wonder of hindsight, I can look back over the past twenty odd years, if not more of my life and I have to question whether the constant fretting that I seemed incapable of stopping served any purpose whatsoever.
Those who may have opted for a different career path, I also wish you luck. Only time will tell how this conspicuous nightmare will pan out over the coming months but I firmly believe it will shape out our future landscapes for life.
As parents we will never reveal we are actually very lonely. We are on the outside looking in, at both society and our child, unable to find a way to reach both. We are isolated. Isolated from society due to our caring role. Isolated from our friends and family, turning down invitations to parties, days out. Isolated from our child as we are never truly allowed 'in'.
So with 10 million working days lost last year in the UK due to stress-related illness, and as we celebrated National Dog Day last week, I'm asking: could pets in the workplace be the secret spark to boost lukewarm UK productivity in a competitive global market, and even set Britain up for life in a post-Brexit world?
It can be said that the concept of work-life balance is dying. With the use of technology today, we can work anywhere at any time. Here are 5 tips that will help you manage the stress of blurring work and home boundaries.
Perched in a idyllic location on the banks of Lake Geneva, surrounded by 10 acres of park and woodland, La Reserve feels a million miles away from the nearby city. Designed by Phillip Stark and French designer Jacques Garcia, the resort-style hotel evokes, as it's name suggests, an African game lodge. Leopard print carpets, rare butterfly displays...
The extent of mental health problems in UK universities has been laid bare in a new YouGov survey of Britain's students. More than a quarter of students (27%) report having a mental health problem of one type or another. Female students are more likely to say they have mental health problems than males (34% vs 19%), and LGBT students have a particularly high likelihood of mental health problems compared to their heterosexual counterparts (45% vs 22%). For a significant proportion of students who report mental health issues, these problems can make even day-to-day tasks difficult. Nearly half (47%) say that that they have trouble completing some daily tasks and a further 4% say they cannot complete even simple tasks.
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The junior doctors of today will be the ones to suffer the consequences of longer working lives. We owe it to them to secure a more positive future that will save them from an early retirement and allow them to have a work-life balance that seems to be continually beyond their grasp.
Black Wednesday is upon us. This Wednesday, there will be thousands of newly qualified doctors and junior doctors rotating commencing and rotating posts coupled with a general summer holiday exodus for most senior healthcare professionals.
Having confidence in yourself as a grown up is also key to your travelling experience. If you have the ability and processes to cope with unexpected events and stay calm whilst on the road, you can pretty much deal with anything. Travelling is stressful, but the bumps in the road need not ruin your trip. Take care, wherever life takes you.
In the end, junior doctors will look after you day and night. Now someone needs to look after them. Safe doctors will mean and always has meant safer patient care. It is time for the new Guardians of Safe Working Hours to step up to the plate.
Parenting from a full cup makes the job easier and more enjoyable, which of course makes us better at it. So you see, giving yourself a little TLC is most definitely not selfish - it's a winner for everyone. Hello? Is that the massage parlour?