I had the opportunity to hear Cornell McClellan speak this past week on the topic “Taking the First Step to a Healthy Work/Life Balance”. He has been the personal trainer and fitness consultant to the First Family for the past several years. As the Director of Nutrition and Wellness at Saint Mary’s Health Care and Advantage Health Physician’s Network, his message was like drinking out of a fire hose. Here are the 3 key take-away messages I’d like to share with you:
1) “Are you minding your business?” Our nature is to think we are doing well when we “Mind everyone else’s business” getting kids off to school on time, meals made, laundry done, work task list checked and at the end of the day we work more than we live. Burnout happens when we don’t mind our own business, that of nurturing our own body, mind and spirit. 43% of adults respond that they are unhappy with their work-life balance and how it affects their health. The body can be very forgiving so if your busy-ness has your priorities out of balance, your body is waiting for you. Start minding your business today.
2) Are you wealthy? Do you feel rich? Your health is your wealth. Your health is composed of your one mind, body and spirit. “The decisions you make about your health either move you forward and sustain life or promote decay”. This was a pretty graphic comment and one that he repeated three times, to drive the message home. How we fuel our body, the frequency with which we exercise, get adequate rest or cope with stress can make us richer or poorer.
3) The final message was to help children create a healthy vision of what success looks like. Instead of asking a child “What do you want to be when you grow up?” which elicit the typical answers of doctor, lawyer or veterinarian, ask, “Who do you want to be when you grow up.” What does the best you look like as an adult? How does the adult you now answer this question? Is it time to press your own restart button? Creating a work life balance is hard, pace your responsibilities as you go through this journey and learn to say no. Mind your business, live rich and make sure you are living your one life as who you want to be.
Categories: Nutrition & Wellness