PERSPECTIVES: WORK-LIFE BALANCE – ENJOY WELLNESS

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The part can never be well unless the whole is well – Plato

Many ailments are self-inflicted. And you alone have the responsibility for your health – not your employer, not your doctor, not your government.

Life is short. Be a player, not a spectator. As you live, so shall you eventually retire – from work and from Life.

5/6 of Health spells 5/6 of Wealth. Guard your all-round health to ensure that you function as an integrated being who lives life fully – physically, socially, mentally, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.

 

Physical

One in five people retire due to ill health. Some of the Top 10 killers of the past 150 years have been promoted to the Top 3 Killers, meaning that the world has entrenched rather than made progress in containing lifestyle changes.

Follow a nutritionally healthy and balanced diet. Limit your salt and sugar intake – they are silent killers. Stay active and fit. Inactivity leads to obesity, depression, heart disease, stroke and more. The average adult is sedentary for up to 10+ hours per day. Exercise – even 30 minutes of power-walking or exercise 3 to 4 times a week will fight chronic disease and offset a large part of the damage done by a sedentary lifestyle.

Do regular checkups for blood pressure, cholesterol, especially as age advances and women from the age of 40 onwards for breast cancer. Get to know as much as possible about any illness you may have. But Do Not Despair.

 

Social

Maintain friends across the spectrum of several age groups, generations, cultures and nationalities. Mentor, volunteer and serve others. It will broaden your circle of friends and support whilst keeping you busy and providing you with a feeling that your life has meaning.

Do not smoke. Not only is it unhealthy – it is also anti-social to affect others with your addiction.

 

Mental

Mental health is a state of psychological wellbeing where you realize your potential, and display emotional and social maturity in negotiating and coping with the stresses of life, whilst living productively and interacting with others.

Stay mentally engaged. Make time for your peace of mind. Take time to appreciate your partner. Read good books, watch good films and TV programs. Manage stress by asking “will what stresses me now, still be important 5, 10 years from now?”

 

Emotional

Take quality time out for yourself. Make a list of the positive things for which you are grateful to enjoy in your life. Have fun. Laugh. Listen to good music. Express yourself creatively. Forgive others and yourself where necessary.

 

Intellectual

Remain intellectually engaged. Become a life-long learner. Maintain brain fitness by way of reading, writing, studying a new language or musical instrument, games – all of which are said to fight the onset of dementia, which includes Alzheimer’s disease. Experiment with something new. Start a lunchtime discussion group.

 

Spiritual

Spiritual health means different things to different people, but at the core of spirituality is the sense of meaningfulness of who you are and why you are here – the purposefulness of your life and how it fits into the rest of the universe. Make peace with yourself. Meditate. Pray. Imagine. Develop faith.

 

Key Principles

  • Many ailments are self-inflicted and one in five people retire due to ill health.
  • Mentoring and volunteering will broaden your circle of friends and support.
  • Mental wellbeing displays emotional and social maturity and will let you realize your potential.
  • Positive things rain into every life.
  • Maintaining brain fitness is said to fight the onset of dementia, which includes Alzheimer’s disease.
  • At the core of spirituality is the sense of the purposefulness of your life.

 

Action Steps

  • Follow a nutritionally healthy and balanced diet. Stay active and fit. Do regular checkups. Rest well.
  • Maintain friends across the spectrum of several age groups, generations, cultures and nationalities.
  • Make time for your peace of mind. Stay mentally engaged. Continue learning and stay creative.
  • Take quality time out for yourself. Make a list of the positive things for which you are grateful.
  • Remain intellectually engaged and become a life-long learner.
  • Make peace with yourself and others as necessary. Meditate. Pray. Imagine.
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