When students have to finish assignment in time, and that makes you them feel pressure and get stressed, it is called ‘Crunch Time’. Doing this too many times means that sleep time becomes shorter and shorter until they are sleep deprived. ‘Sleep deprived’ is a neologism that means lack of sleep. These two phenomena can be found in university students and office workers.
The university students have little time to rest because of studies but also from part-time jobs, international activities, and careers. According to a healthy living index by life insurance group AIA, Koreans sleep an average of 6.3 hours a day, less than the average of 6.9 hours in Asia-Pacific. Also, the office workers cannot spend their free time because of excessive workload.
For the university students, keeping a diary is one of the ways to handle stress. According to an article in Study in Canada, Jane Keeler, a counsellor at Carleton University’s health services, suggested students keep a journal to help combat stress-related depression. Also, keeping a diary makes students look back on their day and take time for self-examination.
Solutions for Korean Office Workers are more political than practical. One of the solutions is to reduce legal working hours. Germany, the country with the shortest working hours, has an average of 35 working hours per week. People working in Germany can work 8 hours per day, and extend the working hours up to two hours a day. Also, they were banned from working on Sunday and statutory holiday to guarantee employees’ leisure time. In Korea, recently, the Labor Standards Act went through, which reduce the legal working hours from 68 hours to 52 hours. It states a week as seven days, so employees can work 40 hours per week and extend 12 hours a week. This reduction in working time will allow people to enjoy their free time and lead a better life than before.
Unlike the office worker, Seowon University students can get help from counselling center located on the first floor of the First Student Center. It has a lot of programs, such as a personal consultation, group counseling, Help-me counseling, and closed consultation. Especially in group counseling, there is a program called survival from stress, so you can find ways to reduce the stress with other students.