Life is about relaxation, too

PUBLISHED : Monday, 24 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 24 December, 2007, 12:00am

Almost every day, hundreds of thousands of Hongkongers go to work to make a living.

They have to work hard so they can pay their bills and buy the things they want.

But I think they lack proper rest.

They work too hard so they can earn money to satisfy their materialism. By doing this, they are ignoring their health.

They are putting too much pressure on themselves.

They don't have much spare time and they can't enjoy the things they like.

As the work piles up, so does the pressure. How can we tackle this problem? Most employees don't even realise they are hurting themselves by working too hard.

We all know that money is one of life's necessities, but it is not the only thing in life.

Chan Yee-ha, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter, Yee-ha. The problem with stress is that it can creep up on you. Many people ignore the early warning signals of stress - such as difficulty sleeping and a loss of appetite - and only take it seriously when they get ill. That's the body's way of saying 'slow down'.

Disease is made up of two words - 'dis' and 'ease' - meaning the body is ill at ease. The body is not relaxed - and thus it becomes ill.

The opposite of stress is relaxation. It's one of the best ways of coping with stress. There are many way to relax - from reading or listening to music, to walking or exercising - but the secret is to find one that works for you.

Kate, Editor