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Work to Live, Don’t Live to Work

Do you work to live or living to work? Has work taken over your life? I saw this headline in the Sydney Morning Herald on 8/6/2017. “Workers treated like slaves.” Work gets fairly crazy this time of year. Is your work getting you down? The term ‘slave wage’ is increasingly being used as we are treated like worker ants, toiling to feed the ‘queen companies and share holders’ that employ us.

“Life is all about moments and no-one in history has ever got one back. You can never get them back. How many moments have you lost by thinking about the next one. All we ever have is now. The most precious thing we have in life is moments.” Do you really want to spend all your moments that then add up to your life at work?

A while ago, when I was Director of Staff Counselling at a large teaching hospital in Sydney, I remember asking a number of staff who came to talk with me, when they last took a holiday.
Many of them said, “oh, let me think. Maybe 12 or 15 years ago!” Not surprisingly, they were suffering from, amongst other things, stress, anxiety, depression, family problems and physical symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, high blood pressure etc. I have to admit I was somewhat taken aback, especially as they were working in HEALTH care.

Watch the video below about what you miss in your life if you don’t take time off from work.

In 2012, workers, that’s you! were doing more than 2 billion dollars worth of free work for their employers. It’s probably alot more now. Did you know that in 2015 “Australia’s six million full time workers had no less than 126,000 days’ annual leave accrued between them. That’s a lot of leave — more than four working weeks per person.”

Tourism Australia launched a campaign called ‘no leave, no life’ to encourage Australians to take their holiday entitlements. The domestic tourism industry was losing billions of dollars as increasing numbers of people stopped taking holidays. We don’t even stay home when we are sick, so we just pass the germs around the office!


In America, nearly half of people who actually get leave, don’t take it because they are partly in fear of losing their job or the employer doesn’t encourage it. So don’t miss your life. and make sure you have work/life balance.


About the Author
Sherry (BSc. Sociology; MAA. Social Work, AMHSW; Masters Science Soc. Ecology; Diplomate, Process Psychology) is a faculty Director of ANZPOP.

She has offered expert psychological counselling in Australia and overseas since 1989. Sherry is currently based in both the Sydney CBD and on the Northern Beaches near Manly. She also offers national and international phone and Skype appointments.

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