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The Danger of a Frenetic Lifestyle

The frenetic lifestyle that many people live today is very harmful. Rushing here and there, being constantly on call, balancing multiple layers of responsibility may give you a sense of accomplishment – even make you feel important, but it takes a huge toll on every aspect of life.

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When you constantly push yourself to take on more and more challenges, it is easy to lose sight of why you wanted to be successful in the first place. For many, the reason was to be able to spend less time working and enjoy life more.  A frenetic, high-pressure lifestyle creates exactly the opposite.

There is a very dark side to constantly pushing yourself to produce more and more. Unfortunately, it creeps up on you and becomes a serious case of self-negligence.

When you are busy and driven every minute of every day and well into the evening, it is easy to neglect important things in life that keep you healthy, happy, and create quality of life.  A continual stream of urgent tasks that must be completed will overshadow the not-so-urgent, but important activities that make life worth living.

It is not just physical well-being that is neglected – mental and emotional well-being also suffer when there is no time for self-care.

Areas of Neglect

Nutritional Needs

When your daily schedule is crammed to overflowing one of the first areas of neglect is your diet. Eating regular, nutritious meals become a thing of the past. You are not only too busy to sleep or even take a deep breath now and then, there is no time to prepare decent meals

Convenience foods, frozen dinners, take out and fast foods become the norm. It is a steady diet of additive filled, sugar and fat-filled dishes, loaded with empty calories that provide minimal nutrition and damage the body. It is impossible to sustain any level of good health on such a diet.

Adequate Rest

When you burn the candle at both ends, there is a good chance you will pay the price of poor health.  Inadequate rest carries both short- and long-term consequences.

Short-term lack of sleep can affect moods, cognitive ability, memory, judgment and increase the risk of accidents and injury.

Long-term, chronic sleep deprivation can set you on the path to serious health problems such cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even early death.

In addition to endangering your own health, you may also be endangering others because of the toll it takes on your perception and judgement. In the work place it results in inefficiency, decreased productivity, and dangerous mistakes that can cause accidents. And, of course, driving while exhausted can be deadly.

Regular Exercise

Far too many people are overweight in the United States and obesity is on the rise. Many are calling it an epidemic of the 21st Century. This is primarily the result of poor diet and lack of exercise, which are the result of busy, hectic, work-focused lifestyles.

Regular exercise is a critical factor in maintaining good health. That will never change.  When it is a missing piece, sustainable good health is nearly impossible. Even if you take the time to eat well – if you live a completely sedentary life, you are putting your health in jeopardy.

Lack of exercise is as deadly as smoking. Physical inactivity has been declared the culprit in the rising death rates from coronary disease, type 2 diabetes, plus breast and colon cancer.

You should never be too busy to exercise!

Recreation

Busy people forget to have fun (re-create themselves). If you ask a very busy professional what s/he does for fun, the answer may be anything from a blank stare to a quick, “Who has time for fun?”

This may not seem serious at first glance; but, never having time for fun and relaxation can have serious negative impact on mental and emotional stability. They are just as important to good health as nutrition, exercise, and sleep.

Hobbies, play, relaxation techniques, and simple fun activities have therapeutic and regenerative effects on both physical and mental health.

Studies show that people with anger management issues or who struggle with anxiety and/or depression can often trace the cause back to a lack of joy in life that is found in fun and relaxing activities with friends and family.

Regardless of your profession – doctor, chef, mechanic, professional athlete, or garbage man – you need time to unwind and enjoy yourself

Without fun and relaxation as a significant part of your lifestyle, you are setting yourself up for problems related to chronic stress.

Stress is a killer! It leads to obesity, heart attacks, high blood pressure, chronic headaches, depression, and temporary personality disorders, etc. It can also destroy relationships, break up families, and decrease the desire to continue living.  There is no aspect of life that is free from the necrotic touch of chronic stress.

Dreams No Longer Matter

Another serious danger of a frenetic lifestyle  is that you can eventually reach a point where dreams no longer matter, which can alter the course of your life.

Life-long dreams –  the catalyst to your ambition – the ideals that pulled you into the future may dim and eventually disappear completely from your consciousness.

After years of life-draining work, the dream can be forgotten and  replaced by the time-consuming, demanding career that takes everything you have to give.

No one intentionally gives up on achieving their dreams, but the intense focus of a person’s mind, life, and soul around the means to the end eventually becomes the end in itself, leaving no room for the original dreams to exist.

When a person places all his time, talent, and energy on something long enough, that “something” begins to absorb the entire mind and becomes the central focus of his life.  It is the only thing that his mind is capable of comprehending – and possibly the only that he is capable of wanting.

He loses his healthy zest for life,  and he has nothing but obligations, responsibilities, and productivity goals – with no end point in sight. Life is about the work and nothing more.

Living in a constant rush of cortisol and adrenaline, a person loses the ability to enjoy friends, family, hobbies and life – hopes and dreams for the future no longer exist.

Instead of enjoying life, one merely tries to beat it.

Don’t Let Life Lose Its Meaning

Living every day filled with hectic, intense activity and constant stress creates an existence of a meaningless chain of milestones that lead nowhere.

You must take the time to stop! Disconnect! Breathe!

You must remember that life exists outside of work.  Without the little moments of love, joy, laughter, and even struggles, life is meaningless.

Setting goals and milestones can be great as long as you don’t forget why you set them. There were reasons – don’t lose sight of those.

On the other hand, everyone has crazy days or weeks now and then – that is part of life in the world today.  But notice, I said “now and then” not all the time.  SLOW DOWN and LIVE!

Nutritional Deficiencies

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Nutritional deficiencies are not as common as the media would have you believe. For example, there is a lot of hype about a protein deficiency among the population in most first world countries, The truth is that unless there are situations in which people are literally starving, it is unlikely that anyone is suffering from a protein deficiency. If you choose to eat a healthy diet made up of whole foods as close to nature as possible, all of your nutritional needs will be met, including adequate protein. The only exceptions to that are vitamin B12 and vitamin D.

Let’s explore those exceptions. . .

Vitamin B12

According to WebMD many people are suffering from a deficiency of vitamin B12 and it can cause problems. This vitamin does a lot of things for your body. For example, it helps make your DNA and your red blood cells. You may be getting enough from your diet, but you can also use supplements. Your body’s requirement depends on your age.

Natural Institutes of Health tells us that, “A vitamin B12 deficiency can cause many problems such as a type of anemia that can sap your energy. In addition to tiredness, you can experience weakness, constipation, appetite loss, nerve problems, depression and even dementia. What’s more, the damage caused by B12 deficiency, once neurological is not reparable.”

Anyone can suffer with the deficiency, but vegans and vegetarians are more prone to the problem. Vegans do not eat animal products, including meat, milk, cheese, and eggs and vegetarians do not eat enough eggs or dairy products to meet their vitamin B12 needs. Others on a regular diet may lack the “intrinsic” factors which help them metabolize the vitamin.

Vitamin D

WebMD states, “If you shun the sun, suffer from milk allergies, or adhere to a strict vegetarian diet, you may be at risk for vitamin D deficiency. Known as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D is produced by the body in response to sunlight. It is also occurs naturally in a few foods — including some fish, fish liver oils, and egg yolks — and in fortified dairy and grain products.”

Vitamin D is essential for strong bones because it helps the body use calcium from the diet,

Traditionally, vitamin D deficiency has been associated with rickets, a disease in which the bone tissue doesn’t properly mineralize, leading to soft bones and skeletal deformities. But increasingly, research is revealing the importance of vitamin D in protecting against a host of health problems

Low blood levels of the vitamin have been associated with the following:

  • Increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease
  • Cognitive impairment in older adults
  • Severe asthma in children
  • Cancer

You may be one of the many who spend limited time in the sun. You probably work inside and when you are outside, you wear sun screen to protect yourself from skin cancer. Unfortunately, sunscreen not only blocks out the harmful rays, it also blocks the benefit of the sunlight – vitamin D.

To make this issue even more complicated, it may take years for these deficiencies to show up and to cause problems, which makes them hard to combat. The best choice is to supplement your diet with low doses of both vitamins.

If you are noticeably deficient (showing any symptoms), talk to your doctor and get his recommendation for supplements.

According to WebMD, symptoms for B12 deficiency may cause only mild, if any, symptoms. But if untreated, it may cause symptoms such as:

  • Weakness, tiredness, or light-headedness
  • Rapid heartbeat and breathing
  • Pale skin
  • Sore tongue
  • Easy bruising or bleeding, including bleeding gums
  • Stomach upset and weight loss
  • Diarrhea or constipation

Symptoms for vitamin D deficiency are: bone pain and muscle weakness. (Please, note that the symptoms can be subtle – easy to miss.)

A deficiency of either one should not be ignored. Just to be safe, get your blood levels check annually for blood serum levels. This is particularly important as the years begin to add up.

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