As a busy professional, it can be tough to find the time and energy to take care of your health. Many people tell themselves that they're just lazy or not prioritising their health, but the reasons behind the struggle are often much deeper. Here are five of the actual reasons people struggle with their health and what you can do about them. Not valuing yourself enough to devote time to your health. Many of us believe that other things are more important than ourselves, so we feel guilty about making time for our health. We need to shift our mindset and understand that taking care of ourselves is essential for our overall well-being. Start by proactively planning time for your health each week. Block out 30 minutes a day, Monday through Friday, for uninterrupted time to exercise or do something else that benefits your health. Perfectionism and imposter syndrome Busy professionals often feel like they're not doing a good enough job in their careers, so they compensate by working harder and longer. This can lead to feeling guilty about taking time away from work to focus on their health. We need to recognize that we're not perfect, and that's okay. Start by setting achievable goals for your health and fitness, and don't beat yourself up if you don't meet them every time.
Perfectionism is linked to imposter syndrome When we don't feel like we're doing a good enough job in anything, we try to compensate by doing everything perfectly. This often leads to work constantly overrunning and not having any time for health. We need to recognise that our best effort is enough and allow ourselves to prioritise our health without feeling guilty about it. Difficulty in saying no Many busy professionals are people pleasers, and they struggle to say no when asked to take on additional responsibilities. This often leads to neglecting their health in favor of helping others. It's important to remember that taking care of yourself is not selfish, it's necessary. Practice saying no when you need to and prioritise your health. Caring for our families Most of us are driven and have busy careers, but we also have families to care for. This often means prioritising their needs over our own health. We need to remember that we can't take care of others if we're not taking care of ourselves first. Proactively plan time for your health and prioritise your own needs.
The solution to these five problems is to embrace a mindset of being "sensitively selfish." This means prioritising your health and well-being while also taking care of others. By proactively planning time for your health and prioritising your needs, you can be the best version of yourself at work and in your personal life. Start by blocking out 30 minutes a day, Monday through Friday, for uninterrupted time to exercise or do something else that benefits your health. Eventually, you'll find that you have more energy, focus, and productivity, which will benefit you and those around you.
Mike Jones Better Happy Founder
Mike founded Better Happy in 2018.
He now works with a variety of businesses ranging from small accountancies up to large organisations such as Travelodge on improving employee happiness. Mike's vision and the vision of Better Happy is 'Every employee happy, every business thriving'