We believe that pressure is a health issue. Excessive pressure can lead to weight problems and other health and well-being issues, often overlooked in business today. Healthy businesses and relationships lead to healthy people. Or, is it healthy people lead to healthy businesses and relationships. Whatever? We need to pay more attention to the issues.
Pressure leads to weight gains
When you’re dead, you don’t know you’re dead, it’s only difficult for others. It’s the same as when you’re out of control, the weight piles on and you’re the last one to notice it. Sometimes strategy shifts are needed for success. Being aware of the pressure you are experiencing, helps to increase your options and flexibility. It provides you with another approach to what hasn’t worked in the past.
Watching for the signs and then planning, shifting and adjusting can make all the difference. Being able to plan for possibilities and consider new options will help you avoid becoming the victim of circumstance.
The fact that saying “I can’t lose weight”, or “I can’t stop the pressure” are clichés that don’t help. You can do something about both, starting today. If you are reading this article you must be concerned. Focusing specifically on losing weight may be too difficult for you. Try improving your time use so all other areas of your life will be positively impacted.
Remove the pressure and you will remove the weight
A sure sign of pressure and frustration is putting on weight. If you can remove the causes you start to remove the weight.
Most people don’t have enough time. They always feel they are under pressure, worried, hurried, stressed, overwhelmed. They are constantly fighting to get a little bit of time. On the other hand, when they have some free time they’re bored, constantly looking for ways to entertain themselves.
One reason many people feel overwhelmed is because there is just so much to do in both your business and personal lives. There’re so many people want from you and so many demands made on your time. You not only become overwhelmed, but you use being busy as an excuse. You start believing the lie that there is not enough time and use it as a way to defend yourself from other obligations. Worse still, you start to neglect the things that can remove the pressure and the weight.
Perhaps it’s time to find a place, where you can relax, think and reflect on the pressures of your life. If necessary ask someone you trust to help you think things through properly. Remember, if you could have solved the problems yourself, you would have already done it. Everything you want is available to you. But if you give into to your fears, doubts, judgments and limiting thinking you will simply maintain the status quo.
It is hard to solve your problems if you don’t take time out to relax, think, reflect and plan.
Family and financial pressures are the worst
Most people think that having money in abundance is the most important thing in life, but if you don’t have your health, then nothing else matters. If you don’t feel loved or have love in your life, you can feel like something is missing.
How you spend your time is how you spend your life. Money, health and love are critically important. The things that matter most in life, is having a family and the time to make it work. If you want to reduce weight and increase the quality of your life, then increase the quality of how you are spending your time. Set yourself up to do the things that you like doing and are good at.
Actions you can take immediately
- Spend more time with the people you love, doing things you really enjoy as a family. There will be varying wants and needs to be understood, addressed and compromises made. Even the best of families are not perfect and have crises and disappointments to overcome. Effective relationships involve setting boundaries, explaining why they exist and then trusting each person will respond to them on their own.
- Adjust your business interests to match the lifestyle you want. Stop chasing money for money sake. Focus your attention on adjusting yourself and your family on setting up and leading the lifestyle you all want. Create an attitude of abundance, not scarcity.
- Start to become more financially savvy, http://goo.gl/5MfMnK. There will never be enough money for some people. The more they get the more they want. Produce a sensible budget that suits the lifestyle you and your family ‘really’ wants. Focus on quality of life and your grandiose ideas will tend to emerge, if they are worthwhile and become important. Set minimum standards and let the life you want unfold easily with reduced pressure. Trying to force unrealistic financial outcomes only creates more pressure and more weight gains.
Yes, you can change the quality of how you feel about everything. You can set your life up so you are feeling really good about most things you’re doing. You can also reset yourself so you are really enjoying your business and your life.
Excessive weight leads to pressure
If you’re carrying extra kilos, you face a higher than average risk of health problems. These conditions include the leading causes of death, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, certain cancers and many less common ailments. Perhaps even more compelling is the strong link between excess weight and depression. This common mood disorder can have a profound, negative impact on your daily life.
Do people gain weight because they’re depressed, or do they become depressed because they’re overweight?
People who are overweight tend to suffer more stress which can lead to more pressure, depression and are at a higher risk of becoming obese. People who are overweight often feel too depressed to eat properly and exercise regularly. They also tend to drink more alcohol making them even more prone to gain weight. Excessive weight can lead to elevated levels of the pressure which leads to more fat accumulation and it becomes a vicious cycle. It’s this cycle that needs to be broken.
Life isn’t always easy and we all have to manage stress
Peter Sergeant has written a case study about stress management http://goo.gl/gqR88N as a result of his personal experiences. These experiences include major traumas (death of my parents, a business failure, cancers, diabetes and heart attacks). I also believe that stress has become a major health hazard for people in business, both owners and employees. Today, stress and depression have become commonplace, affecting lifestyles and careers.
Weight gains seem to follow closely behind prolonged stressful situations. Often people tend to eat, drink alcohol or watch television as a way of coping with stress.
Most of us suffer from some unrecognised form of stress. Common events can become a very stressful and profoundly distort the way you see yourself in the world. If you’re displaying any of the following you may be suffering unhealthy forms of stress.
- Perhaps you have difficulty maintaining close, intimate, fulfilling relationships?
- You easily become angry at other people and blame them for how you feel?
- Have you a strong need to be “right” and win arguments or discussions?
- Do you often feel alone?
- You have difficulty communicating your true feelings.
- Your reactions to some situations like fear, pain, anger or withdrawal, sometimes seem out of proportion to the event itself?
- Are you often feel hurt by what other people do or say to you? Or by what they fail to do or say for you?
- Do you play the blame game to improve relationships?
- You often have difficulty understanding why you feel as you do?
How’s your work/life balance?
For many, their work is more than just a job, which can make finding a balance tough. You know how you work best and what works best. So as a first step to improving your work/life balance, find an environment that works best for you. What does an ideal work/life balance look like to you and your family?
Articulate the gap between your ideal work/life balance and what your average workweek looks like now. Decide how you want to fix it or even if you want to fix it. If you are currently in a job, make sure it is a job you like and can do well and it is with people you like.
Trying to strike a balance between your work and family life can be a struggle, even for those of you who don’t have children. Sometimes, work can become all-consuming. If you let it, it can take a toll on more than just your time.
Things you can do to improve your work/life balance
- Revisit your to-do-list and drop activities that sap your time or energy.
- Consider whether you can outsource things you don’t like doing.
- Schedule exciting activities with family and friends.
- Adjust your current business into a ‘lifestyle business’.
- Reduce your commuting time, consider a home office.
- Improve your mobility so you can work anywhere anytime.
- Become action orientated. Cure the procrastination disease.
- Build me time into your schedule; a little relaxation goes a long way.
- Are you pursuing a hobby?
- Limit your work week to 50 hours and maintain your productivity.
Even during a hectic day, you can always take 10 or 15 minutes to do something that will recharge your batteries. You need to make a little time for the things that ignite your motivation and move you towards the lifestyle you really want.
Do you manage well in a crisis
Every organisation is vulnerable to crises. Playing ostrich doesn’t solve anything.
If you don’t prepare, you will incur more damage. When I look at a business’s crisis management plan, I often find a failure to address the many communications issues related to a crisis or disaster. Without anticipating crisis and adequate internal and external communications:
- Operational aspects of the business will break down.
- Family and other stakeholders will not know what is happening. They will quickly become confused, angry and negatively reactive.
- Your business will be perceived as inept, or negligent.
- The length of time required to bring about a resolution will be extended, often with dire consequences.
- Often the slower the response, the more damage is incurred.
A crisis that is not managed well can wipe out decades of hard work and business value in a matter of hours. As you develop your crisis management plan, seek advice. Expert individuals can provide you valuable insight that could be critical should a crisis strike your business.
Forget the pressure, cleanups will provide many answers.
Business owners and managers today are under a lot of pressure to perform. This can cause them to lose sight of important details involved in business cleanups. Routines have become habitual and few take the time to see the mess; the broken window, the grass growing on the street, the dust on the counter and the list goes on.
Perhaps in your planning, you can allocate the time to start a continuous improvement program? This would minimise the costs of a cleanup as little bits could be done in the normal course of business and junk would not be allowed to accumulate. http://goo.gl/aXJiHE.
Fat is like junk and rubbish. It accumulates if you let it.
Perfection leads to stagnation
You want to have progress in your life, not perfection. Business and life are about success, not perfection. What I have found in business as well as in other pursuits is that ‘practice does indeed make perfect’.
If you say “I am hopeless at losing weight” then guess what, you will be. But if on the other hand, you know you can at least talk about it and take action, then stagnation will cease and results will come about.
Start with where you are now and take small actions. Small actions are enough to get you moving in the right direction, because looking for the one big fix usually doesn’t. Practice the little actions and that way you won’t be standing around stagnating in your quest for perfection whilst watching everyone else losing weight and having fun.
Weight lose effectiveness begins with you
If there are no ups and downs in your life it means you are dead. Stop accepting that your current weight problems are inevitable. If you look at the following list and you thought of someone else, this could be part of your problem, change begins with you. Dysfunction persists when it’s all about what others need to do not you. Perhaps you:
- Need to change.
- Are screwed up.
- Need to make some improvements.
- Could be better.
- Might be wrong.
You can’t drive a car without pressure in the tyres. You’re under pressure from many different sources, family, customers, employees, suppliers and others. You have to give them enough attention and cater to their wants and needs. This is a pressure that becomes less constant with your experience, but no less real as you go through life.
At the same time, you put yourself under pressure to ensure you’re being successful. You are also learning to deal with the changing world in appropriate ways. With every ounce of energy going into this balancing act, it’s easy to take shortcuts and it’s at this point that pressure starts to mount.
It’s impossible to control what’s happening on the ground. Competitive action and unforeseen accidents mean that others have to be able to adapt. For these adaptations to be effective, they need to follow the best steps they can. They need purpose and action steps to guide their way in bringing about a successful solution.
Making more money is not the answer to reducing pressure or weight
How many times have you heard the phrase, “If I only had more money…”? Wanting to purchase a new car, house, go on a holiday or pay down debts is always an issue. You can fall into the trap of thinking that more money will be the answer to your problems. Most often, this is not the case. Never wait until all the pressure is gone before taking action on your weight control.
The question you face is how you manage your money, not how much you make. Obviously, you need a certain amount of money to survive. But, think of it this way. If you are poor at managing the money they currently make, how is an increase in income going to make you a better money manager? It’s not the money; it’s what you do with it that counts.
Sadly, some people think that the way to get out of debt is by adding more. Individuals will apply for more credit cards in order to get out of the current credit card trap they’re in. Unfortunately, this more often than not compounds their money troubles.
Tips to help you better manage your money
- Pay yourself first.
- Create a financial plan that you can stick with and that has a margin for managing disruptions.
- Live within your means. Stop overspending and before making a purchase ask yourself, “Do I really need this”?
- Set aside a certain amount of your income each month for savings and retirement.
- Admit you are not good at managing money and seek advice from someone you trust.
- Educate yourself about money or use a financial planner and take their advice.
- Shop for deals and ask for discounts.
- Avoid expensive interest rates. Pay off personal mortgages and debt as quickly as possible.
- Don’t even try to keep up with the “Jones’, they may be on the wrong road.
Be thankful for what you have. Being content with what you have and grateful for what you’ve been blessed with can help combat materialism.
Unravel the lifestyle you want
What would you do if you had all of the time and money in the world? And what would you do if you had total freedom to do whatever you wanted with whomever you wanted, wherever you want to do it?
Where would you go? What would you do? Who would you become involved with? What if you could add an extra day to your week? Would you catch up on all the ‘stuff’ that you need to catch up on, or would you start to outsource? Perhaps you could you sleep in? Or would you take time that day and just have some fun with your family?
There is a chronic disconnect between wanting and doing (intentions and results). This is because the goals you set for your lifestyle often bear little resemblance to the actions you are taking. You get just one bite of this apple called life. To make the most of it, you must stop talking about all of the things you intend to do and actively start doing them.
The reality is often hard for many people to accept. Try closing your eyes and imagining yourself building a better future. What do you see yourself doing to improve your lifestyle and when would you like to do it? When you look at your current reality, do you feel there’s something missing in your life or are you’re always waiting for something to arrive? This blog can help you to have a reality check on your aspirations, http://goo.gl/cOJ7ft.
Develop your emergency action plan
If you are not making as much progress as you’d like. If you have not been doing what you know you should be doing in order to achieve the goals you set, now is the time to develop a written plan for a more healthy life. A one-page plan should motivate you into action, http://goo.gl/IrgOjw.
Here are some suggestions for inclusion in your action plan. You won’t be able to do everything at once, so prioritise and do the most important things for you, first. ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ and you won’t remove bad habits in a day.
The most difficult thing is the decision to act
- Don’t keep putting things off. Take time to relax, think, reflect and plan.
- Slow down and enjoy the journey. Reflect on the patterns in my life.
- Take the stairs, not the elevator. You want to be fit when you reach your dream.
- Allocate time for the people in your life, they won’t always be there.
- Clean the ‘bad food’ out of your house and your life. Eat healthy 80% of the time. That’s probably the very best you can do.
- Reduce the sugar in your diet.
- Limit the amount of alcohol you consume.
- Deal with nagging problems and frustrations so they go away.
- Seek out new and interesting people so you won’t lack fulfilling relationships.
- Follow your dreams and work on your vision for life.
- Remember the trouble your short-sighted decisions can cause.
- Allocate free time to properly recharge your batteries. You have a problem if you’re always worn out.
- Ensure you have plenty of sleep, it’s hard to grapple with pressure and weight problems when you’re tired.
- Live below, not beyond your means.
Reflect on your performance. Remember the faster you close the gap between your current weight and the weight you really want. The more deliberate you are in taking substantial action, the sooner you will have your business, family and life in harmony. Confucius was absolutely right when he said over 2000 years ago, “To know and not to do, is still not to know.”
“You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results”. Mahatma .Gandhi
“Keep your mind positive and your body active, minimise stress and weight control will become easier”. Peter Sergeant