The overwhelming majority of clients that I coach start off the coaching conversation by highlighting just how pressurised their workdays are, leaving no time for self-care. These clients generally place business needs first and their physical health and wellbeing last.
The reality check of health
Your health is your wealth. You can work a lifetime to accumulate a vast amount of money, but if you lose your health as a consequence of that quest, one of two things will happen: One, you will not be able to enjoy your wealth, because you will die young, or be confined to a bed; or two, you will spend your wealth in an effort to regain your health, even though the chances of success are slim.
Most of us claim to know this, but we do not put our knowledge into action. Bruce Lee coined this concept by saying “To know, but not to do, is not to know”.
We allow ‘urgent business’ to supercede ‘important wellness’. If you are doing this, there is an urgency to re-prioritise your life.
Available research actually proves that if you undertake excellent self-care, you can actually be more effective at work than someone who isn’t looking after themselves well. Consider the following:
Undoubtedly, it is difficult to exercise when you are working a full-day, often with extended hours, never mind meet the needs of a busy family. Yet the importance of exercise comes to the fore in research that shows how a fit body enables an alert mind. Some research indicates that individuals who exercise can be 20% more effective as a consequence.
The temptation when working a long, busy day is to grab food on the run. If it’s quick and marginally tasty it will do. This, we know, is a recipe for ill health down the road.
We don’t need research to confirm that when we eat a poor quality meal we feel extremely slow and tired afterwards. When we eat a predominantly plant-based, raw meal, which is enzyme rich, we do not suffer the same ill effects. Consider the value to you of not losing an hour or two to drowsiness each day.
The benefits of eating a plant-based diet are becoming increasingly supported in research studies as a way to not only enjoy high-energy and mental alertness, but also long-term, sustained wellbeing.
There is also good research emerging on the subject of sleep. Forgoing sleep in pursuit of completing tasks isn’t the answer. Good quality sleep actually increases performance, with the ideal amount of sleep being around the 7 to 8 hours per night mark.
The stats prove the self-care case
Research simply serves to prove what we already know. A 56 hour week has the same output as a 70 hour week. In short, as the week progresses and we become increasingly tired, our productivity declines. By Friday, our productivity dives as a result of our exhaustion. The better option is to work a solid 8 to 9 hour day, Monday to Friday. By applying the Mega-Productivity tools that you’ll learn here, you’ll be amazed at how much you can achieve when you are prepared, focused and energised.
What to do next?
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Research & websites you may find useful on this subject:
www.forksoverknives.com – watch the movie, and then follow the plant-based diet
https://www.tuck.com/creatvity-and-sleep/ – for resources on quality sleep
John Pencavel, Economic Journal, Dec2015, Vol. 125 Issue 589, p2052-2076. 25p