Metro Morning

Tired, busy, stressed

If you ask someone in Toronto how they are doing, chances are they will tell you they are busy. Or stressed. Or tired.

From struggling to meet the demands of the 40-plus hour work week to juggling a family and social life

A woman stops to take a breath. Metro Morning is running a series in the new year that explores busyness, fatigue and stress and want to hear how you cope. (Minoru Nitta/Flickr)

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:

Being bored can be good

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.

Coping with 'time famine'

"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?

Counting blessings in a year of stress

"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.

Keeping 'Toronto time'

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?

Getting off the hamster wheel

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.


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