40-minute #meditation • Mothers Day

Considering how grossly & unsustainably over populated human beings are, those of us who choose not to breed should be rewarded in some ways, with a holiday being the least of it.

I’ll be going to work, where I’ll be on my feet all day (minus my half hour, unpaid break that is). I end up limping by the end. I’ve never had foot problems, and I used to make close to six figures before I left NYC. I was therefore able to afford Danskos, but even wearing those, after hours on my feet the bones in my left foot cramp and I feel bunion-y, for the first time ever, on the right.

Humans are not made just to stand and work

Workers in lower status jobs are far more likely to be required to stand for long periods. Workers in higher status jobs are much less likely to be required to stand for long periods without access to a chair.

• Individuals spending most of the day on their feet every working day are at greater risk of health problems including varicose veins, poor circulation and swelling in the feet and legs, foot problems, joint damage, heart and circulatory problems and pregnancy difficulties.

• A Hazards survey of UK union health and safety officers found widespread problems from standing at work. Unions representing shopworkers, teachers, library staff, production line workers, bank workers, warehouse staff, museum workers, school supervisors, train drivers, printers, hospitality and casino workers and engineers all reported standing-related health problems experienced by their members.

“The proportion of workers standing at least 75 per cent of their working day is 30-40 per cent in Scandinavia and 50-70 per cent in north America.”

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Author: Boodiba

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