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Stress

07 June 2011

Too much work, food and stress is killing us

Cheap and convenient food, busy work and social lives and a constant barrage from media sources have overloaded people and are having a detrimental effect on their mental and physical health.

Cheap and convenient food, busy work and social lives and a constant barrage from media sources have overloaded people and are having a detrimental effect on their mental and physical health, according to Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, a psychology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and co-director of the UCLA Center for Community Health and the Global Center for Children and Families.

But because it's ingrained in human nature to enjoy what you have when you have it, people may have taken too well to having too much.

People eating too much, working too long

  • Set a consistent routine that is aligned with the values they want their children to have. For example, make family dinners the norm, rather than an occasional treat. "If you value your kids more than your job, you need to be at home for dinner," Rotheram-Borus said. "If you want your kids to be balanced human beings, you can't work 100 hours a week yourself."
     
  • Take a time out before making a purchase. Be clear about what you need when you go into a store.
     
  • Cut back on your food intake, and choose healthy foods. Throw out all the junk food in your house. "Once you have it in the house, you're very likely to eat it," Rotheram-Borus said.
     
  • Turn off the cell phone and disconnect from other media for a set period of time each day. "The reality is, in most situations a text message can wait," Wong said.
     
  • Remember that gifts don't always have to be purchases. Experiences, favors and thoughtful gestures can be just as meaningful.

 

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