Tired, busy, stressed
From struggling to meet the demands of the 40-plus hour work week to juggling a family and social life
Ask someone in this city the familiar question "how are you," and the answer is often as familiar: "I'm tired," or "I'm busy," or "I'm stressed." Often, it's all of the above.
It's especially the case for working parents who struggle to balance the demands of work with raising a family. Add in a long commute and the very real challenge of making ends meet, and you've got yourself a grind.
At the start of a new year, Metro Morning is taking stock of this. How did we get to a place where, as a city, all of us seem to be tired, busy and stressed, all of the time?
Here are a few of the issues the show looked at:
Rushing kids to and from the hockey rink or over to art class and back can be exhausting for parents. But how does it make the children feel? One developmental psychologist encourages boredom.
"There are so many people who feel a sense of 'time famine' — just absolutely pressed for time, that there's never enough time in a day to do everything that they need and want to do," said an author studying the issues related to being tired, busy and stressed. Are you hungry for more time?
"Aren't we lucky?" That's what one couple says to each other after a year of unrelenting stress. They count what blessings they have while living with the scars of past stress.
A Ryerson professor who chairs the Institute for Stress and Wellbeing Research said urban environments contribute to feeling tired, busy and stressed. So should we all go live in the forest?
Running around but not getting anywhere. That can sometimes feel hopeless, and can lead down a very dark path. Getting healthy, for one Toronto mother, meant getting of that hamster wheel. She took stress leave and now feels like she's getting a handle on her life.