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More discoveries about the potential causes of 'leisure sickness'

Posted Sep 16 2010 4:08am

Yellow rubber glove with thumbs up Further to my posting about my research into the impact of 'leisure sickness' on a retiree's ability to make a successful transition into retirement , here's some more of the stuff that I've discovered:

Apart from 'underload syndrome' and the inability to successfully transition from the 'work' to the 'non-work' environment, there may be many other causes of leisure sickness - several of which can be attributed to major differences in lifestyle at weekends and holiday times to the rest of the week.

The first thing to do (apparently) is to exclude the possibility that you're exposing yourself to (neuro)toxic substances, such as the chemicals associated with hobbies and activities around the home and garden, over the course of the weekend.  So, two questions for you:

What hobbies or activities do you regularly engage in at weekends? 

and

Do they involve the use of any chemicals, such as paints, paint strippers or thinners, solvents, cleaning products, pesticides, etc? 

According to Richard Alexander of the Global Healing Center , the top 10 hazardous household chemicals are:

Air fresheners
Ammonia
Bleach
Carpet and upholstery shampoo
Dishwasher detergents
Drain Cleaner
Furniture polish
Mould and mildew cleaners
Oven cleaner
Antibacterial cleaners
Laundry room products
Toilet bowl cleaners

Other chemicals to watch out for are flea powders, lice shampoo, car wash and polish and tar and bug remover.  If you do your own cleaning, laundry or gardening, it's not too difficult to come into contact with at least one and, probably, several of these substances during the course of a weekend.

My suggestions for you?

Keep a pad and pen close by and jot down the names of any chemical-based products that you regularly come into contact with during the course of the weekend.  Exclude each one of those products in turn over the next few weekends and see if that makes any difference to your health and wellbeing. 

If you're in the habit of using lots of different chemicals for lots of different purposes around your home, this is going to take some time, unless you manage to detect an offending substance early on in your investigations.  If you don't want to wait so long to start feeling better, you might want to consider completely switching over to a range of 'green' household cleaners as far as is possible, and then eliminate the remaining products that don't have a green alternative on a 'one per week' basis.

If you have any ideas of your own that you'd like to share, I'd love to hear 'em.  Just leave a comment in the section below...

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