As we get older, we all expect to gain some aches and pains along the journey. When these begin, the realisation sets in that we are not as invincible as we once thought. Psychologically, we start to feel our age, if not older. The old saying ‘health is wealth’ comes to mind. Our health is truly the most important thing in our lives, yet we hold off going to see the Doctor until things are at a stage that we have no choice. Work is always our priority.
Have you noticed the odd headache that you just cannot seem to shift? Has it been going on for a few days? How about the slight pain in the stomach? Too much acid being produced? How well are you sleeping? These signs may be put down to aging, but they are all indicators of stress. This is our body’s way of talking to us, and it is trying to say ‘listen to me…’. These signs, if missed, could lead to bigger problems. Your body wants you to know that you need to slow down.
We don’t ‘just get headaches’. We are not predisposed to develop these symptoms at a certain time in our life. It is essential that we respond to our bodies and let our bodies recover. Just as the 80s classic game Wall Breaker, where you fire a ball at a wall and destroy the wall by bouncing the ball off the slider, repeated attacks on your body, break down your defences and resilience, and can lead to long-term problems. Stress at work can lead to cardiovascular problems as well as psychological stress.
Taking time out to listen to your body, will allow you to understand what it is trying to tell you. Place your hands over the pain, and listen…you might hear the voice saying ‘look after me…get your priorities right’. The voice will be in you, from you. After all, if work is so important, isn’t it better that you complete it when you are at your best? So pamper yourself, read a good book and listen to some great music. Or do what I do, and watch a great kids film or cartoon. Losing yourself in fun is the best way to feed your soul…