Make time for your­self and fam­ily

Kapiti Observer - - MOTORING -

We put our re­la­tion­ships and health at risk when we con­tin­u­ally work long hours, writes

wait 50 years be­fore Labour Day was of­fi­cially cel­e­brated for the first time. In 1900 it be­came a pub­lic hol­i­day, and in 1910 the hol­i­day was ‘‘Mon­dayised’’, giv­ing us the Labour Day long week­end we all know and love.

Back then, the eight-hour day move­ment ad­vo­cated eight hours for work, eight hours for re­cre­ation and eight hours for rest, an ideal we still hang our hats on.

But it’s eas­ier said than done to stick to the per­fect 8-8-8.

De­spite Labour Day be­ing an an­nual cel­e­bra­tion, the eight-hour day is not a law here in New Zealand, and many of us con­tinue to work long hours.

The more we work, the less time we have to spend with our fam­i­lies and friends, ex­er­cise, ex­plore the out­doors, take hol­i­days, blob in front of the telly, sleep – all ac­tiv­i­ties that are es­sen­tial for our well­be­ing.

The longer we spend at the of­fice, the more likely we are to get sick and burn out. We might earn more money, but we lose the pos­i­tive ef­fects of re­la­tion­ship and rest too.

So what can you do this Labour Day to make Par­nell’s con­tri­bu­tion to so­ci­ety worth it? Un­plug your lap­top, switch off your phone, and put your­self first.

Whether it’s head­ing out of town for a mini-break, tak­ing a hike through your favourite for­est, head­ing to the beach or binge-watch­ing Grey’s Anatomy, how­ever you choose to re­lax is to­tally up to you.

Spend time with the peo­ple you love, es­pe­cially if you do work long hours, or take the op­por­tu­nity to meet peo­ple on your street by invit­ing them over for a Mon­day evening bar­be­cue via Neigh­bourly. Be­cause there’s more to life than work, and there’s more to work than count­less hours slav­ing away at a desk.

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Spend time with the peo­ple you love, es­pe­cially if you spend hours at the of­fice.

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