Our Need to Do More Work is Stressing Us
Start writing a post

Our Need to Do More Work is Stressing Us

Is it for us? Or is it for them? Them as in, you know, the bosses?

Our Need to Do More Work is Stressing Us

After finishing my last final on Thursday, I went immediately back home, so I can go to bed. I was tired, depleted, and burnt-out. So, naturally, I want to relax. But then my sister messaged me and urged me to get a job. And already, I am stressed again.

I just finished a semester with a hefty workload. Can you give me one day where I don't have to worry about a deadline? Though, I am not the only one. I know countless others, even some graduating seniors, worrying about getting a job in the summer. What about a break?

Well, there are no breaks in our capitalistic systems. It, instead, only emphasizes on productivity and thus make our mental health possibly worse.

First of all, the system believes in productivity on behalf of the individual. JD Taylor, for example, notes that many of us boast about not having enough sleep. He describes the reasoning of the dilemma in a quote: "....productivity, growth, entrepreneurialism, and drive are ‘virtues’ both of the effective individual and the expanding economy." Truly productivity is a marker of success. Acting like a machine, the individual works, and works that he has no breaks. His eyebags, his bloodshot eyes, the individual is suffering from too much work. But he disregards his suffering and believes it to be necessary.

And so, the system ruins the individual's mental health. JD Taylor states that workers found themselves to be in "zero-hour contracts." He then states a major condition of working in these contracts: "an increasing dependence on management thrives on sucking the remaining residues of performance from precarious workers." Now we see why the worker continues to work: he wants to please his manager. If he cannot work tons and ton, then he cannot prove his worth in the workplace. The manager, as a result, can possibly fire the work, and this possibility puts the worker in a state of anxiety.

I am typing this article while enjoying the breeze of my fan. After this, I have to start applying for jobs. Thinking about the job search gives me great anxiety. I don't know what the manager will feel when he looks at my resume. But I am not the only one. I know countless others who feel the same anxiety as me. And I know once they get into work, they will continue working until they literally die.

Our capitalistic system encourages us to do this. As we work and work, we stress and stress over our manager's perception of us. Are we worthy enough to be in this workplace? Did we do a good job? Does the manager even like us? Our crutch of living a normal life with no debts relies on the manager.

We cannot catch a break; we, instead, only live in a state of misery, stress, and anxiety.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Student Life

9 Things Tall People Are Tired Of Hearing

Yep. The weather is fine up here... I've totally never heard that before.


Don't get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE being tall. Sometimes I even wish I was taller. One of the downsides of being tall however, is having to put up with ridiculous questions and statements. I can assure that all tall people are tired of being asked what the weather is like "up here", but here are a few other things we don't want to hear anymore.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

30 Signs You're From Wisconsin

When you say Wisconsin, you've said it all!


We truly love it here in the Badger State. Here are a few things Wisconsinites can relate to.

Keep Reading... Show less

Five Types Of People In Fall

From yummy pumpkin spice lattes to scary movies, fall has it all and then some.

Destination Logan County Illinois

Oh fall, the most marvelous time of year...right? Every approaches fall differently, some pumpkin spice-tastically and some not so enthusiastically. We can't all be Autumn lovers, so here are five types of people in fall. Grab a cup of hot coca, sit back, and enjoy.

Keep Reading... Show less

If you're like me, by this time of year you're over summer. The beach, the sunshine, and the heat were all great, but now we're itching for blanket scarves, football, and pumpkin spice EVERYTHING! As the new season approaches, your relationship can benefit from some old traditional dates and some new fresh ideas! Here are a couple great date ideas for you and your boo to try out this fall.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

Social Media Or Soul Media

To the generation that cares way too much about affirmation.

Emma Smith
  • This semester I am taking the ever so famous class, Writing 101. Walking into it, I had heard the horror stories about each major assignment. I have to admit, it’s not a class that I am fond of. But, major assignment #2 got me thinking, we had to create a research question based off of a topic that we are interested in.

Two weeks prior, I watched a very interesting documentary on Netflix. Miss Representation was recommended to me by one of my friends and I have to say the topic is absolutely mind blowing. Social Media and Female Body Image. How Social Media makes girls see this unnatural perfection of ‘beauty’ that really doesn’t exist. But female body image isn’t the only thing affected by social media.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments