Health & wellbeing

A 4.30am start and three-minute toilet breaks: are you ready for microscheduling? | Life and style

Work is one of the biggest sources of stress in our lives, second only to health problems, according to a survey for the Mental Health Foundation last year. What work and productivity coaches call “overwhelm” is widespread, as notifications, conversations, distractions and interruptions all get in the way of actually getting stuff done. And not getting stuff done because you are overwhelmed is sure only to make matters worse. One response favoured by productivity gurus is microscheduling – creating a…

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Working mothers ‘up to 40% more stressed’ | Money

They may have had more than a sneaking suspicion that it was the case, but now working mothers have the data to back it up: they are indeed more stressed than other people – 18% more, in fact. And that figure rises to 40% for those with two children, according to a major study that analysed 11 key indicators of chronic stress levels. Professor Tarani Chandola, of Manchester University, and Dr Cara Booker, Professor Meena Kumari and Professor Michaela Benzeval,…

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