We don’t have to tell you that life is more stressful these days. We feel it, too. Longer hours at work, plus taking care of the home can take it’s toll. Don’t believe us? Check out this information…
According to this article from Main Street, the high level employees left behind after layoffs are feeling pressured to work 50 or even 60 hours per week, while the lower level employees are being asked to work less hours or weekends and holidays. These extra hours or less hours or undesirable hours obviously increase our stress levels.
And that doesn’t even count the stress you feel from home. Are you one of the folks putting in marathon hours at work? How do you take care of the home front when you finally drag your butt home? Feel like cleaning the house? According to this article, simply feeling as though you are responsible for the cooking, cleaning and other household chores and trying to figure out how to deal with it, can make your stress and blood pressure soar.
And finally there is this little tid-bit. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (a division of the U.S. Labor Department) conducts a survey every year called the American Time Use Survey. It asks average Americans to break down how they spent their time every year. In 2010, among the people who completed the survey and identified that they did housework, Americans spend nearly 1.57 hours each week day doing some sort of housework. I originally thought that that number didn’t seem so high until I did some math in my head. 1.57 hours each weekday times five days per week, times fifty-two weeks a year came out to over 400 hours each year on housework. 400!?
Luckily there are folks out there that want to help. Yes, it comes at a price, but the trade-off could be your health. From the kid down the street who can’t find a job and would love nothing more than to make a few bucks mowing your lawn, to a compnay like ours who can tackle the more difficult cleaning chores, you can lower your stress levels, save some time and maybe even reduce your stress level in the process.