01 October 2009|
We all hear debates about the relevance and plausibility of a healthy work life balance. What we are really calling out for is how we can improve our quality of life both at work and at home. But to address this we first need to understand what actually has the greatest impact on our quality of life.
In 2002 the South Australian Department of Health surveyed 3012 South Australians to measure their health status and to ascertain what particular areas of health most affect your quality of life....
The survey measured participants’:
- Physical capacity to perform all activities in life
- Physical capacity to perform work or other daily activities
- Amount of bodily pain they experience
- General health
- Amount of energy that they have
- Amount of interference to social activities due to emotional or physical problems
- Problems with work or other activities due to emotional problems
- Mental health
Their findings showed energy levels and fatigue significantly had the single greatest adverse impact on quality of life in comparison to the seven other surveyed factors. In fact, energy and fatigue created a 15 % greater adverse impact on the quality of life than the average of all other aspects of life.
Fatigue is a condition that very few of us seek professional help about it because a lack of energy, by itself, is not fatal. Meanwhile the impact fatigue has on our quality of life goes on unabated. Poor productivity, poor communication, errors of judgment and skill have the capacity to drain profits and bring companies to their knees. Add to that the impact that fatigue has on moods and relationships and you can see that the fabric of families is continually under strain from the scourge of poor energy levels.
What we fail to understand is that the lifestyle factors that cause the vast majority of cases of fatigue, if continued, can go on and contribute to the development of the most common life-threatening conditions such as heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
Unfortunately, when we do try to address our lack of energy by ourselves, we tend not to address the direct causes of the fatigue such as managing emotional stress, trying to fit too much in, lack of exercise, lack of rest and various other aspects of the modern, on-the-go lifestyle. Instead we opt for the over-consumption and abuse and reliance of certain foods and drinks that give us a short-term energy boost.
Fast food outlets and supermarket aisles are literally bursting with processed, caffeinated, sugar-laden fast foods and drinks that are high in fat which at best should be consumed as an occasional treat. The soaring obesity and diabetes epidemic in the Western world highlights the sheer magnitude of the abuse and dependence that we have placed on these fatty and sugary fast foods… and now we can see the real cost of it as a society.
So what can you do to regain some energy and vitality so you can improve your quality of life?
But more importantly how can you do this without greatly disrupting your current business and family roles and responsibilities?
There is a way…
Having personally been through my own burnout, 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 youthful energy and exuberance while managing to run two businesses, keeping up with my investing activities and helping bring three beautiful children into the world. I’ve put together a manual on 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 have spent the last ten years road testing them with my patients. Through this process I have been able to save you lots of time by eliminating the complex, the arduous and the time-consuming lifestyle changes that many out-of-touch health professionals recommend. Most of you don’t have the time or resources to become triathlete, Dalai Lama versions of Donald Trump in order to improve your health, productivity and stress management in the workplace.
Many different aspects of your lives can affect your health, stress and productivity levels so typical approaches that recommend wholesale changes to certain areas like diet, positive thinking or exercise are too radical and time-consuming to be effective in a busy modern world. On the other hand this approach uses the benefit of synergy by recommending small changes to the 14 key lifestyle areas over a 28-day period that have the greatest influence to your health, morale and productivity.
- Emotional/Stress Management
- Rest & Relaxation
- Goal Setting and Planning
- Injury Prevention & Pain Management
- Handling Colds & Flus
- Pressure Points & Kinesiology
- Home & Family Relationships
- Work Environment
- Time Management
- Work Life Balance
It is easy to fit these minor “lifestyle tweaks” into a busy life that, when combined, 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.
Imagine the difference to your business if all the employees were able to experience a greater energy, enjoyment and stress relief. Think of the reduced levels of sick leave and improved productivity levels that would result. Not only will the health of you and your work colleagues profit but your company will profit too.
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