The secret to living a pressure-free life

How your state of mind can influence everything around you, and tips that will help you find and achieve the right balance

The secret to living a pressure-free lifeDecluttering your life and being at ease with yourself has more to do with your mind than your environment. Over the years, I've voraciously consumed articles and watched programs about creating a stress-free life through decluttering. For example, they say most of us wear only 20 per cent of our wardrobe – the rest we'll fit…

Workplace financial stress costs economy $16B a year: survey

Workplace financial stress costs economy $16B a year: surveyFinancial stress in the workplace is costing the Canadian economy close to $16 billion a year in lost productivity –and that’s a very conservative estimate, says a survey released on Wednesday by the Canadian Payroll Association. The association's 2019 National Payroll Week Survey of Employed Canadians found that 43 per cent of workers are so…

Almost all Canadian workers experience some burnout: survey

Almost all Canadian workers experience some burnout: surveyFeeling burned out? Apparently you’re not alone. A recent survey from staffing firm Accountemps found that nearly all senior managers in Canada (96 per cent) believe their team members are experiencing some degree of burnout. In a separate survey, 95 per cent of Canadian workers said they are at least somewhat burned out. According to…

Money can’t buy happiness, yet we keep chasing it

Will more money mean we sleep better at night, spend more time with friends and family, or contribute more to society?

Money can’t buy happiness, yet we keep chasing itThere’s a story told that about a financial planner who was on holidays in Mexico. He was walking along the beach when he came to a fisherman sitting on a wharf, his feet hanging off the edge as he played guitar. “Is that your boat?” the planner asked the fisherman. “It is,” he replied. They…

Compassion and acceptance pave the way for a better life

But before we find compassion for others, we need firm personal boundaries and strong self-respect

Compassion and acceptance pave the way for a better lifeCompassionate people are happy people, and compassionate people understand that everyone is simply doing their best. They acknowledge there are those who do rotten things to each other, but we have no idea of the internal torment these individuals struggle with. This isn’t to say that we shouldn’t have rules in our society or that…

Business traumatic stress disorder is real and devastating

Business leaders are often under extraordinary stress and they need support and counselling

Business traumatic stress disorder is real and devastatingOver the years, I’ve worked with a number of business leaders who have had breakdowns from the stress of owning or running a business or organization. The symptoms they’ve exhibited are very similar to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, it’s very unlikely that a psychiatrist or psychologist would give them a diagnosis of PTSD. PTSD…

Caregivers mustn’t be afraid to ask for help

While care for those we love creates meaningful experiences, it can also lead to exhaustion, isolation and burnout. We need to welcome help

Caregivers mustn’t be afraid to ask for helpCanada’s 8.1 million natural caregivers frequently hear their friends, family, neighbours and co-workers say, “Don’t hesitate to let me know if there is anything I can do to help.” The automatic verbal response from the caregiver if often a grateful, “Sure, will do.” But that rarely happens. Instead there’s hesitance, reluctance or even a refusal…

A few tips to help you relieve your stress

There are many simple things you can do to ward off stress for any given situation

A few tips to help you relieve your stressThe next time you are stuck in traffic, fretting and fuming as the vehicles inch along, or you are standing in an incredibly long lineup at the bank listening to parents attempt to placate their whining child, whom they lovingly call 'incorrigible' and the rest of the people in the bank would term 'monstrous', take…

Are you suffering career burnout?

Dealing with burnout isn't easy but awareness is a good first step because you understand that, while you're unhappy, you aren't trapped

Are you suffering career burnout?Two decades ago, burnout was career-builders' enemy. Today, it is a nightmare with potentially devastating repercussions. It is exemplified by around the clock portable connectivity tools which make working long hours seductive, easy and effortless. Before you know what's happening, you've turned into a drone and working is no longer fun. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary describes…

The very real dangers of overwork

It's only a matter of time before your entire system breaks down

The very real dangers of overworkConventional wisdom says that hard work yields it's own just rewards.  It's hard to argue with success, fame, fortune. The big successes of the world aren't clock watchers.  They've turned their back on the conventional 9 to 5 mentality, and work 12- to 14-hour days and put in Saturdays – even Sundays – when they…