Why do we get so caught up in trying to have everything perfect in our lives that we burn ourselves out in the process? Why is it that most of us know the things that we need to do to improve and maintain our health yet we don’t do them? Why do many of our attempts to boost our health end up with us going overboard with radical health kicks or diets that are so time-consuming that they become a source of stress in their own right? Why do so many people have great careers but a terrible family life?
The increasing time pressures, demands and expectations of modern life are pushing our bodies and minds to unprecedented extremes that eventually take their toll on all of us. We are so busy just trying to keep up with life and our unrealistic goals that we find it nearly impossible to regain our energy, and it’s stretching many businesses, families and relationships to near breaking point.
The demands of work have forced many to sacrifice one part of their life to experience success in another. Relationship breakdown, marriage breakdown or health breakdown have long been considered part of the price to pay for a successful career. But business is beginning to count the cost of unhealthy and unhappy workers. Today we are forced to ask a new question.
‘How can we have it all? How can we have a successful career or business, good health AND happy relationships? How can we find that balance?’
That’s a question that I have devoted the last ten years of my life to. To be honest, I didn’t do it for some altruistic mission to save the world. I just wanted to save myself. But then my patients started asking me, ‘There’s something different about you. What have YOU been doing?’ So I began sharing and road testing with my patients what I had learnt. I found that what helped me, often also helped them.
I have to admit that I was initially ashamed that my health couldn’t keep pace with my life. But it is probably the reason why I am uniquely qualified to write this book. I have made mistakes, and chances are they are similar to mistakes that you’ve made. Unlike most health professionals I can truthfully say, ‘I understand what you are going through,’ because I have walked in your shoes.
You may be starting to feel the strain of trying so hard to do so much at work and at home. There are four major signs that can mean that you require some recharging:
- you don’t have time to do anything for yourself
- you are working so hard you don’t have anything left to give when you get home
- you can’t get through the day without your caffeine hit
- you think that you’ve already passed your peak in your life and you think that this is all there is.
You may be CEO of a multinational firm, running a small business, or a hard-working employee. No matter which hat you wear, you have responsibilities and obligations to keep, a mortgage to pay off and goals and dreams to pursue, both personally and professionally. And let’s face it: economic conditions out there aren’t fantastic, so you are likely to be working harder than ever before.
To accomplish all of this you need energy. You need some time for yourself and you need some time for your family. The problem is that both your time and your energy are becoming increasingly scarce commodities. Every day is a grind and you are wondering if this is all there is to life.
You’ve been continually putting off doing anything about it for a few reasons: you don’t ever seem to have the time or energy to find a solution; you’re too busy at work; it is easier to ignore the signs; or you are afraid that you may not be able to do what it takes to remedy the situation. Most of us aren’t in a position where we can just quit our jobs or take an extended holiday. You can’t just put your life as you know it on hold so you can focus on getting back onto a more even keel.
Why this way?
Having been there and done that I’m not going to ask you to put your life and business on hold to get your health back in shape. I was able to regain my energy and exuberance while running two businesses, keeping up with my investing activities and helping bring three beautiful children into the world. From that experience, I’ve put this book together as a manual, showing you how you can keep up with your responsibilities at work and at home without running yourself into the ground.
I have road tested these strategies personally and I’ve spent the last ten years road testing them with my patients. Because I’ve been through this process, I can save you a great deal of time by eliminating the complex, arduous and time-consuming lifestyle changes that many out-of-touch health professionals recommend. Most of you don’t have the time or resources to become the Dalai Lama crossed with a triathlete Donald Trump in order to improve your health, productivity and capacity to manage stress in the workplace.
Many different aspects of your life can affect your health, stress and productivity levels, so approaches that recommend wholesale changes to certain areas like diet, positive thinking or exercise are too radical and time-consuming to be practical in a busy world. The approach in this book uses the benefit of synergy by recommending small changes over a 28-day period, working on the 14 key lifestyle areas that have the greatest influence to your health, morale and productivity.
- Emotional/stress management
- Rest and relaxation
- Goal setting and planning
- Injury prevention and pain management
- Handling colds and flus
- Pressure points and kinesiology
- Home and family relationships
- Work environment
- Time management
- Work-life balance
It is easy to fit these minor ‘lifestyle tweaks’ into a busy life. When combined, they will make an amazing difference to your health and productivity levels.
Let’s face it, you don’t have a lot of spare time on your hands, but if you are willing to change the way you do a few things I can help you turn your chronic exhaustion into chronic energy. You may even end up having a bit of spare time up your sleeve.