Be Lazy To Beat Stress

By on July 15, 2013
For those who have tried to maintain a steady balance between life and work, they know how hard it is to juggle these two parts of their lives. It impacts both aspects differently, but nonetheless, negatively. Now, the majority of individuals are juggling a third aspect of life: school. This makes it that much harder.

As offered by both Bonnie Cheng, University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management PhD candidate, and Julie McCarthy, Rotman School and the University of Toronto Scarborough associate professor, this creates conflict and generally results in discontent in the role in which the clash occurred. One study suggests that avoidance techniques can actually help cope with this discontent that often occurs with conflict.

Details on the Performed Study

The study was conducted on a group of undergraduates who had family responsibilities and had a job outside of school. Researchers met with the participants two separate times to find out the amount of conflict and discontent the students were experiencing trying to balance work, family and school. They also examined the coping mechanisms the undergraduates used to get them through these difficult times and how much these methods actually helped in relieving the stress they were under.

The students that were able to avoid major problems and not dwell on the conflict (avoidance strategies) were able to manage the conflict that the three aspects of life brought to the surface. Overall, these students were much happier.

The Possible Problem of Avoidance

While avoiding problems may help , many turn avoiding into escaping. Instead of just avoiding a problem, they actually run away from it. This isn’t the long-term answer.

While there isn’t a large difference, there is a small difference between avoiding and running. If you can teach yourself how to take your mind off of your current problems, you can better manage all role responsibilities and experience increased happiness. Running away would actually consist of basically dropping your responsibilities, which can eventually lead to bigger problems down the road.

The concept of avoidance strategies is to give yourself a break from your roles every once in a while. At school and work, you can head to the library to sit in peace and quiet, listen to music and relax or you can head to the lounge and socialize with a few friends over a drink. The answer, though, is not to run away but to give yourself a break from your problems and not to sit around dwelling on what could have been or may be in the future.

By learning to balance work, life and school, you will likely find that you perform better at work, are in better health and are in much better health because of the reduced stress.

About The Author: Susan Patterson

Susan Patterson is a natural health writer with passion for living well. Her writing includes regular contributions to some of the most visited health and wellness sites on the Internet, e-books, and expert advice. As a Certified Health Coach, Master Gardener and Certified Metabolic Typing Advisor, Susan has helped many people move towards a better understanding of alternative health options. Susan practices what she writes and is an avid fitness enthusiast, whole foods advocate and pursuer of sustainable living.

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