The end of the workday should be a time to kick back and relax. However, this isn’t the case for many men and women. According to a study in the Journal of Science and Medicine, home is more stressful than work for many people.
These results may have you scratching your head as you often hear people complaining about going to work. But when you break down an average workday for people, coming home to handle more responsibilities does seem to be overwhelming.
Let’s portray a scenario here in which many people can encounter during their hectic week.
Suppose you are married with kids, and it is now 6:00 pm at work – time to go home. On the way home, you encounter traffic - typical during the week. And on the way home, you get a call from your spouse reminding you to pick up dinner on the way home, and the kids from daycare before they close up since he or she is going to be working late.
You pick up your kids from daycare right at 7 pm – luckily you were able to negotiate later pickup hours to accommodate your work schedule – only to receive the evil stare from the daycare provider.
Your kids are hyper in the backseat of your car, and now you must take them to the grocery store with you to pick up dinner. You come home, start dinner, check your kid’s homework, and send them off to take baths or showers.
Once dinner is served, you try and sneak in some time to read to your kids since it may be the only quality time you have with them for the day. Then when dinner wraps up, it is now time to load the dishwasher and wash the pots and pans.
The fun doesn’t stop here. Your spouse may not be home for another hour or two, and it is getting closer to 9 pm. Now you must get the kid's outfits ready for school tomorrow, which may involve you ironing their clothes. And to save more time in the morning so you can get an extra 20 minutes of sleep, you decide to pack their lunches for tomorrow as well.
It’s now 9 pm and time for your kids to get settled for bed. Your spouse arrives home, and now it is time for him or her to decompress and talk about their day. You are now left with maybe an hour before you need to go to bed and start over again tomorrow.
If you have older kids, then your schedule can also be quite hectic as you may be attending after school activities, practices, and games after work. Then when you come home, and finally lay your head on the pillow once everyone is settled, you think to yourself, “My goodness, will I ever have time to kick back and relax?”
Are Weekends for Relaxing?
The study mentions that people are more relaxed on the weekends. This is perhaps due to less juggling demands that take place during the week.
However, for many people, the weekends can still be stressful as you may be getting caught up with everything not done during the week. Things like:
· Dry cleaning
· Home repairs, or general housework like cutting the grass
· Cleaning the house
· Taking cars in for servicing
· Meal planning for the week and grocery shopping
· Paying bills
The list can go on.
Then once Sunday at 4 pm rolls around, the thought of a full workweek starts to creep in, which causes your stress level to go up.
Home Shouldn’t Be More Stressful Than Work
You shouldn’t be going to work to avoid stress at home, nor should you be dreading coming home after work because you have a lot on your plate. Also, your weekends shouldn’t be spent getting caught up on the things at home you couldn’t get done during your busy week.
Your home should be a place for you to relax and spend quality time with those you love most.
If you find yourself in a situation in which you feel like you are more stressed at home than you are at work, then take a look at what may be fueling this stress. Chances are, a lot of the stress is a result of you having too many errands or chores to handle after a long and busy day – things you don’t necessarily need to do.
Ever Hear of a Personal Concierge Service?
Some people may think a personal concierge service is only for the wealthy elite. In reality, however, a personal concierge provider is someone who is here to help you avoid having to handle all the activities outside of work on your own, which lowers your stress levels.
Your personal concierge provider will handle your household chores so you can enjoy more leisure, especially on the weekends.
Wouldn’t it be nice to come home from a fun weekend out versus staying at home to get all the housework done? Wouldn’t it be nice to come home during the week with food ready, dishes put away and your kid’s lunches made for tomorrow? A personal concierge provider can help you with that.
If you find yourself stressed out at home, then see what a reputable personal concierge team can help you with so you can enjoy the life you deserve!
About the Author
Jim Spiro is the Founder & President of Platinum Lifestyle Management (PLM), a personal concierge service in Washington, D.C. dedicated to helping clients make their lives easier, more manageable and fulfilling. www.platinumlm.com