Is this a mom who’s doing the right thing to protect her kid . . . or ridiculously coddling her kid? It’s a damn good question.
A woman named Bunmi Laditan in Quebec, Canada has a 10-year-old daughter named Maya in elementary school right now. And she sent Maya’s teachers an email on Tuesday to tell them she’s DONE with homework.
Quote, “Maya will be drastically reducing the amount of homework she does this year. She’s been very stressed and is starting to have physical symptoms such as chest pain and waking up at 4:00 A.M. worrying about her workload.
“She’s not behind academically and very much enjoys school . . . doing two-to-three hours of homework after getting home . . . is leaving little time for her just to be a child and enjoy family time.”
She posted a copy of the email on Facebook and it’s been going viral ever since. It seems a lot of the responses so far have been supportive of her . . . but there’s some negative mixed in too.
A therapist recently posted a list online of eight signs you’re on the verge of a nervous breakdown. If only a few of them apply, you might just be a little stressed out. But if they ALL sound way too familiar, take it seriously . . .
- You have escape fantasies. Like you want to pick up and leave everything behind.
- You feel like you have no downtime. Which is common if you have kids. But it can also be a sign of anxiety and depression.
- You struggle to make simple decisions. It might be because your body’s producing too much of the stress hormone cortisol.
- You’ve stopped socializing completely. You don’t even WANT to, because you’re too overwhelmed with everything else. So it feels like work.
- You can’t sleep. It’s a classic sign of anxiety and depression.
- You’re having panic attacks. Obviously it’s a sign you’re dealing with major anxiety.
- You’re self-sabotaging. A common example is going out drinking when you know you have to wake up early. Stress-eating is another one.
- It feels like you keep failing at everything. Which probably isn’t true. But if you feel like you’re constantly failing at work AND at home, you might be depressed.
This could be a sign that age and wisdom brings happiness . . . or that you REALLY have zero sense of perspective when you’re young. It’s probably a little of both.
A new study found the older you are, the HAPPIER you are.
The researchers found you’re the most stressed out and miserable in your 20s and 30s. But as you get older, your levels of happiness, life satisfaction, and well being all go up.
Why does that happen? The researchers think it’s because you spend your 20s and 30s dealing with peer pressure and worrying about what other people think of you.
Once you’re finally old enough to graduate from all that and you learn to brush off the little stressful things in life, it just makes everything easier and you become happier.
Stressed out at work (Photo by Flickr/Giuseppe Milo)
I’m not sure I can trust a list of stressful things at work if it doesn’t include “getting an email from your boss that says ‘we need to talk.'” But here you go.
A new survey found the REAL top five things that stress people out at work. Check ’em out . . .
- Having to wait for other people to get the info you need to work on something.
- Not knowing which tasks should be priorities.
- Unrealistic expectations and goals for projects.
- Moving deadlines.
- Bosses not quite making it clear exactly what they want.
The survey also found that 34% of people go to at least six meetings a week.
If you want to end a friendship with someone, what better way to break the news than showing them charts and graphs?
There’s a new app called ‘people keeper’ that scientifically determines which people you should ELIMINATE from your life. It’s actually spelled ‘pplkpr’ . . . which is ‘people keeper’ with the vowels removed.
You wear a device that measures your heart rate, and it sends that data to your phone in real-time by Bluetooth . . . there are a ton of those on the market since the wearable fitness trend started.
Then the app gauges your heart rate as you talk to people. And over time, it figures out which people make you the most STRESSED, NERVOUS, and ANGRY.
The people who created it say there’s a chance the app could be more than just a friend eliminator. They believe it could help people with autism who have trouble understanding emotional reactions to situations.
(You can download the app for free, search for pplkpr in the iPhone app store.)