Shaping Healthier Minds
“I’ll go to the gym tomorrow, I have too much work today!”
“I am fit, just a little over-weight. I don’t need to eat healthy”
“I do not have time to exercise.”
How many of these have you heard and told someone, every day? And although we realize that we say it, we never do anything about it!
Here’s the difficult truth: Only a healthy body houses a healthy mind.
In the hustle-bustle called life, we usually tend to forget some childhood lessons, the most important one being health. Think about it: When was the last time you exercised with the intention of just having some fun and not to lose weight? When was the last time you decided to choose a salad over fast food not because it has lesser calories? When did you last pick up a book at the end of a workday for the simple joy of reading?
If your answer to the above is recently, then you are on the right path. However, if your answer is no, then it is time to introspect!
With on-the-job stress increasing, long hours at work, more responsibilities to meet and the ever-increasing competitive nature of working, taking care of our health seems like just another task and one that can be conveniently ignored. An interesting discovery from a study conducted by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) states that job stress is more strongly associated with health complaints than financial or family problems.
In another study done by the American Institute of Stress, it was found that job stress costs almost $300 Billion to the world economy every year through absenteeism, low productivity, high turnovers, and medical and legal costs.
We’d rather feel burned out at the office than burn fat at the gym. We end up exhausting ourselves by working in than working out.
And, when we look back, we realize that the number of hobbies we had while we were still growing up vis-a-vis what we have now.
Ask yourself, when was the last time you did something new? When was the last time you took time out to relax? Well, it is time we stopped treating health like just another task and give it the importance it deserves!