Why Being the Author of Your Own Health is Key to Professional Success – Part 2 – Lifestyles

by Nina on May 24, 2011

High Stress Lifestyles

In addition to the stresses of a high performance career, most of today’s professionals want have a life outside of work. Even though they work long hours, most want to have a non-work life that is rich and satisfying too.

Juggling Multiple Challenges

The more complex your life becomes the bigger the juggling act. When you add a home, a family, aging parents, and community responsibilities to a high stress workstyle, you’ve got a lot of balls in the air. Keeping them airborne and moving without mishap is non-trivial. It certainly helps if you have a supportive spouse or partner. Whether or not you have support, the impact on your stress and your health can be significant.

When things are out of balance in your home or family life it affects your performance at work

People seem to bring plenty of non-work burdens to work. Whether it’s their pending divorces, their stressful commutes, problems with their teenagers, or issues with their in-laws, their co-workers often feel the effects. These get shared either because the person dealing with them needs a listening ear, or their co-workers feel the effects inadvertently because the person involved is often grouchy or uncooperative. Sometimes the person with the problem has an impact on the effectiveness of their workgroup, because they’re distracted by their problems and unable to fully contribute on the job.

Limits to Multitasking

We all have limits to what we can do or accomplish given limited time. Unfortunately these limits are invisible. Most of the time we don’t know that we’ve hit our limit until something, usually our health, breaks down. How do you know when you’ve hit a limit?

 

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