The Protestant Work Ethic and Mental Health

The Protestant Work Ethic and Mental Health

Do you have the old Protestant Work Ethic of feeling guilty when you’re not working, and getting a buzz from feeling like you’re really busy.  Do you go into work even when you feel really ill? The Protestant work ethic (or the Puritan work ethic) is a concept in theology, sociology, economics and history which emphasizes hard work, frugality and diligence as a constant display of a person’s salvation in the Christian faith in contrast to the focus upon religious attendance, confession, and ceremonial sacraments.  In 1905 Max Weber a German sociologist, economist and politician wrote a series of essays entitled The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.  He…

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The greatest gift at Xmas – suitable for all ages

The greatest gift at Xmas – suitable for all ages

So much  pressure at Xmas time.  Parents putting themselves under stress to create a magical time for their children.   TV advertising and expectations to provide far more than what a child needs or for that matter what any of  us need.    Music blaring out at the supermarket tills, even in the gym today.  “Have yourself a merry little Xmas”  “May all your Christmases be white”.  There is an conscious and unconscious need to re-create an ideal of a time long gone  by.  But in those days past there were no computer games or iPads.  Children were happy with…

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When your mind goes blank

When your mind goes blank

Do you find you are still tired first thing in the morning.  Pressure building before you even get out of bed.  You are probably have too much on your plate, feel overworked and stressed with life. You and so many other people right now.  Taking on so much.  Maybe not eating properly due to lack of time or inspiration.  Lack of sunshine or exercise.  Too many demands on you and your energy is low. Another day in the week would be good. Listen to your mind. Relax your body. If you have a to-do-list look only at the top 3…

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Any guilt trips planned for this year?

Any guilt trips planned for this year?

Been on a guilt trip lately?  Or perhaps you are on one as you are reading this.  Think of all those amazing places you could go to in the world.   Even if you don’t pack a suitcase or leave your house you could be in a much better place right now than the guilt trip. So you didn’t call that person you said you would.  Will they survive?  I’m sure they will. So you are meant to put aside an afternoon this week to visit someone that means a lot to you.  Well maybe you want to go and…

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Being at One with the Universe

Taking time to connect to the wonders of the universe allows us to see the beauty surrounding us all When we spend all our time thinking about this or that we are living in our heads and not in our bodies.  By that I  mean our thoughts dominate and control our lives.  For example, when we wake up we might think about all the things we have to get done in a day, work that needs doing, deadlines to achieve, people to call, chores that need attending to.  We can find ourselves rushing around from one place to another or…

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