Stay healthy: get a cleaner

Posted February 07, 2011

Most days I eat lunch on my own. It’s sad, I know, but that’s one of the drawbacks of working from home. Although I do sometimes have a lengthy one way conversation with the neighbour’s cat if it wanders into my garden.

So today, at a networking lunch, it was a welcome change to be in the company of other businesswomen. One of the topics of conversation was how to strike a good balance between work and home life. I didn’t mention anything about my imaginary conversations with animals as I feared I would come across as completely unbalanced. However I did listen closely to some of the more practical tips on offer.

It struck me that everyone had their own particular approach to things and it was a case of just do whatever works best for you. Although there was one thing that the whole group did agree on – if you can afford to, hire a cleaner. Well, come on, if you're trying to hit a tight deadline for a client or clinch a lucrative deal the last thing you need to be worrying about is if anyone would notice if you didn't hoover the stairs this week. There's no doubt that deciding to outsource the household chores is a very shrewd move. It helps you to win back precious ‘me time’.  But did you know that it's also been scientifically proven to have significant health benefits?

A recent survey, conducted in America, has concluded that worrying about housework is more stressful than working. Yes, really, I'm not making this one up! Apparently it’s not so much the amount of housework you do that causes the problem, it’s the worrying about how you’re going to fit it in that causes your blood pressure to rocket.  Could there be a more compelling argument for ditching the responsibility entirely?

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