Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Is Recession Stress Stealing Our Lives?

It was so great to be able to chillout by the lake today, and concentrate on the important things in life. Like throwing the stick for the hound.

Especially after reading this story.

The study by Desjardins Financial Security, found that one-third of the 1,062 people surveyed are experiencing anxiety, losing sleep, suffering from headaches, muscle aches and other physical tension — symptoms that often precede more serious problems...

"They're stressed, anxious, worried about their jobs," the release stated. "They're losing sleep, and they're losing confidence in the economy. Many Canadian employees are showing these and other signs of mental distress.

I'd like to say gosh I hadn't noticed. But of course I have. You can see the worry all around you. You can feel it in in the air. Even the wild and crazy blogosphere seems strangely muted. Serious stuff is out. Cute stuff is in. Is that a reflection of anxious times, is it escapism, or is it just BURNOUT ?

But who can blame us eh? Two weeks ago all we had to worry about was the recession and the Harper government....and who would kill us first.

Now we've got to seriously consider whether the Aporkalypse will kill us even sooner.

So it's no wonder all that stress is adding up. Making us gloomy.

And burning some out...


But here's the thing eh?

The recession and the Aporkalypse may or may not kill us, but depression will DEFINITELY steal our lives.

Which is why I'm so glad I have an old hound to remind me it's glorious Spring.

And put everything into perspective...

Woof. Woof.

Where's that stick?

Isn't life FUN?


penlan said...

Think I'll join you & the hound down by the lake. A good, relaxing thing to do.
Nice post. Different.

Anonymous said...

It takes a pet or child to bring us down to earth--every time.

It's the "in the moment" nature of them that makes them so special.
Even an less agile and slowed-down-by-age dog has that gift to remind us that we are part of their world--not the other way round--and certain things have to happen. Like throwing sticks into the water and a cuddle by the fireplace.

Simon said...

Hi penlan...thanks I'm glad you liked it. And yes it was a bit different, but I guess it reflects the way I feel these days. I have been working pretty hard and blogging on the fly. But I don't want to miss the forest for the trees....or the BEACH :)

Simon said...

Hi Torontonian...you're right about that. We can learn from both kids and dogs about living in the moment. It really should be so easy, but in the hustle and bustle of life, sometimes it's so hard.
And it was great to see Kerouac who is thirteen act like a puppy. He chased squirrels, dug a hole in the sand half the way to China, and even threatened to swim after this humungous swan !! Which had me wading into the feezing lake shouting NOOOOOOOH!!!!
It's Spring in Canada and life is good... :)