What Dianne is Reading – Feeling Stressed Because You Don’t Have Enough Time?

In this feature of the Genki Living Blog, I would like to share with you helpful articles, interesting research, and useful health information that I came across in the past week.

 I know a lot of my friends and family members feel like “there just isn’t enough time,” and that causes feeling of stress.  That’s especially true during this holiday season, when there is shopping to do, big meals to prepare, and cards to address.

 It turns out that giving time away (something that we think we don’t have enough of) is just the remedy for not only the stress, but the feeling like we don’t have enough time.  Last week’s Wall Street Journal includes an article on “How to Feel Less Time Stressed” which ends, “Feeling pressed for time increases stress and decreases happiness.  Our research suggests that slowing down to help others may actually slow down the clock.  We can, in fact, gain time by giving it away.”

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Volunteers from the group Kasa no Kai continue to host a weekly coffee shop for residents at the facility formerly owned by KEIRO.

This is something that the many dedicated volunteers in Our Community understand.  The WSJ article says that “chronic giving” or volunteering is associated with greater well-being.

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Nishi Hongwanji Scouts and their families (Nishi Girl ScoutTroop 12135, Nishi Boy Scout Troop 738 and Nishi Cub Scout Pack 738) joined Visions for Keiro volunteers for their annual Holiday Bingo Activity with the residents at the facilities in Boyle Heights formerly owned by KEIRO.

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If you, your congregation, Sangha, team, club, friends, etc. are interested in volunteer opportunities to specifically support older adults in Our Community, contact Kevin Onishi, KEIRO’s community engagement specialist at konishi@keiro.org.  He can introduce you to opportunities to help our seniors and also gain a sense of more time for yourself. Kevin reminds us in his recent Blog post, “…it’s not how long we spend volunteering, but how we are making the most of our short time as volunteers.”

KEIRO’s Genki Living Programs support individuals to obtain, process, and understand health information so that they can manage their health for optimal wellness. For more information on Genki Living Programs or volunteer opportunities, please visit our website.

Read about JAO Youth supporting residents at facilities formerly owned by KEIRO.

About the Author: 

bellidianne-10-5x7300 Dianne Kujubu Belli is the Chief Administrative Officer of Keiro. Dianne stays genki by doing cardio and light weight training four days a week at the gym and dances Argentine tango.

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