Start Taking Care Of Yourself
You can do it via small steps by eating healthy, or sleeping more, or putting off your phone before you sleep, or you can get professional help and overhaul yourself with a health and nutrition coach or a doctor you trust
I will go for a holiday when I will get my bonus for the year.”
“I’ll get my blood tests done next month.”
“I promise, I’ll start eating healthy as soon as my travel stops.”
Familiar scenarios? For me as well. Everyone who comes to me, just waited a bit too long.
A few years ago, I was consulting with employees of a bank on health issues and requested everyone to get a health check up done. Most employees took advantage of this free benefit offered by the employer, but a few senior people skipped it because they were “too busy.” A few months later, one of those busy senior management professionals decided to run a marathon. He prepared for three months. And the day he finally ran, he dropped dead after it. If he had got the health check up done, we may have caught something that triggered the cardiac arrest. But he was too busy and we were too late.
I don’t mean to scare you. But you should actually be scared because putting off signs of bad health could just mean that you’re sitting on a ticking bomb. At this time, when many of you are toiling towards their March end appraisals, stop for a few minutes and read these signs. They may save your life.
Ask yourself these questions, and answer Yes or No:
1. Most days of the week waking up seems like a task and I don’t look forward to the day
2. I am burning myself out so much that I could collapse tomorrow but I don’t have a choice
3. If my health suffers, my organisation or client will get someone else in my position since it’s such a competitive world out there
4. I missed six out of 10 of my loved ones special days (kid’s school event/birthdays/ anniversaries/dinners/meeting parents)
5. I get unexplained aches and pains
6. I get breathless sometimes without heavy physical activity
7. I sweat a lot
8. I feel like everyone around me is an idiot and that makes me furious
9. I don’t remember the last time I did anything that I loved — holiday, listening to my kind of music, writing or watching a movie or any other favourite activity
10. In college I was the fun person to be with, but life just took over
11. I’m overweight
12. I just want to sleep
13. I get cravings — food or alcohol or sweet, and when I do, I give in
14. I’m above 35
If your answer is a Yes to six or more of the above, you need to stop, reboot and work towards restoring your health. You can do it via small steps by eating healthy, or sleeping more, or putting off your phone before you sleep, or you can get professional help and overhaul yourself with a health and nutrition coach or a doctor you trust. Whichever path you choose, do it now before you collapse, before it’s too late and someone else replaces you in your organisation. Your family has only you, but your organisation has many options. Do it before you lose yourself to bad health and hospital trips.
Do it before the ambulance sirens ring.
This article was published in BW Businessworld issue dated 'Jan. 23, 2017' with cover story titled 'INDIA’S PRIVATE EQUITY RAINMAKERS'
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