I think that I’m writing this post for myself more than anything else. We spend the majority of our time running what can at times feel like a rat race. There never seems to be enough time in a day to accomplish the many task that we have set for the day. We push ourselves and strive for greatness but that drive is usually at the expense of our own health. There’s a sacrifice to be great, but how can we achieve what we set forth without giving up so much of ourselves?
I know many of you have the same dilemma as I do. I wake up at 2am every morning to workout and prepare for work. My work shift begins at 6am and ends at 5pm and during the end of the month the days are much longer. During my shift I’m also doing research for my own independent business endeavors, trying to stay on top of the stock market, and planning my kid’s future. Get off from work at 5pm and my oldest son plays football, basketball, and baseball so there is always a game to go to. While at the same time we are trying to keep up with a 2 year old. During this time I’m also gathering more information and working to build my health brand. We get home and it’s time to eat dinner, get the kids in the bed and do more work. Go to bed around 9:30 pm and back up at 2am.
This is an abbreviated description of my day. Many of you understand this. You work hard to provide for your family regardless of how many hours it takes. You want to eventually become an entrepreneur, but all of the responsibilities including the startup money falls on your shoulders. So, you have to work even more hours to not only provide for the home, but to get your business up and running. However, you can’t ignore your family and become distant from them. Then as you lay down at night you remember something that you totally forgot to do. Many of you are also juggling all of these things and going to college at the same time.
The stress of having so many things going on can begin to wear on you. Stress has an impact on your physical and mental condition. Some of the effects include:
Common effects of stress on your body
- Muscle tension or pain
- Chest pain
- Change in sex drive
- Stomach upset
- Sleep problems
Common effects of stress on your mood
- Lack of motivation or focus
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Irritability or anger
- Sadness or depression
In order to get these things accomplished you can’t lay around to get things done. You’re sacrificing sleep to get goals accomplished. A lack of sleep can lead to:
- Heart disease.
- Heart attack.
- Heart failure.
- Irregular heartbeat.
- High blood pressure.
We must find a way to do better. Things like exercise, meditation, prayer, deep breathing, and reaching out are a few techniques used to alleviate stress. As far as getting more sleep, you must get in the bed earlier. That’s so much easier said than done. At the end of the day it must always be remembered that our health is our true wealth. None of the money or accolades matter if your health is poor or your family hates you because of your negligence to them. We must be able to find a point where we can sit back and enjoy the journey.