Unfortunately, in Malaysia, there seems to be a growing culture of overworking which sometimes stems from the glorification of ‘hustling’. The 2019 Malaysia's Healthiest Workplace Survey by AIA Vitality reported that 51% of employees suffer from at least one dimension of work-related stress, which can affect our mental wellbeing, clinical health, and even our sleep. It is also worrying to see that 2.3% of Malaysian adults, or about half a million people, suffer from depression, based on the 2019 National Health and Morbidity Survey.
Eager to find out more about the benefits of ‘Me Time’, the AIA What Matters team and I checked in with Professor Dr Alvin Ng Lai Oon, a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology at the Department of Psychology in Sunway University. Dr Ng shared that there were some deep-rooted beliefs in our tendency to equate being busy with being successful.