Many of us are rushing from one place to another or from one relationship to another. In this perpetual rush, we are missing out quality time. Life is becoming predictable and one blames the circumstances. The refrain I always hear is, “There is no time”.
One gentleman was leading a hectic pace. He was always traveling, going from one meeting to another and was meeting one deadline after another. The first inkling of trouble was his blood pressure was steadily rising and his blood sugar was high. It was attributed to the stress in his life.
He went through his blood reports and dismissed it saying he can manage it. After all he is managing a company, and also so many employees. So what is a little rise in blood pressure or sugar? He did not reduce the pace of his life and did not take time off to relax. He felt there was so much to do, he could not afford leisure.
The result? Heart attack. He was hospitalized and soon had to undergo various procedures and tests. He was given medical attention on time, so his life was saved. Also there wasn’t much damage to his heart muscles. He was in hospital during the golden period. He is one lucky man.
While lying in bed, he realized how much he had taken his life for granted. He was put on strict diet and asked to undergo some physical activity once he recovered. He changed his schedule and soon has time for one hour of exercise in the morning and one hour of leisure activity in the evening. He eats sensibly, eats on time and makes sure he has six hours of sleep.
He came close to death and that frightened him. He suddenly thought of his family and realized he had a major responsibility towards them. Only if he took care of his health, he could fulfill his responsibilities.
This is a case that is similar to other cases. There are lots of people who are like him. They lead a frenetic pace of life and say they have no time for their health. Only an accident like this will open their eyes. He was lucky to reach the hospital during the golden period, not all need be this lucky.
I do visit temples as and when I can. It is not very often. But once inside, I vow to come everyday. I like going around the temple, talking to the various representations of the Lord there. It gives peace and all the stress is left at the door of the temple. Why I am not able to go more often? Lack of time, or so I feel. But this excuse was demolished one day.
My youngest niece fell seriously ill. She was rushed to hospital and we were told her chances were poor. I vowed to go to the temple everyday and go around the Navagrahas nine times. Every temple has an enclosure for Navagrahas, the nine planets that are worshiped in Hindu religion. One circle around the enclosure is for one Navagraha. So nine rounds. I did it for nine days. I had time, I found time. Before going to the hospital, I would finish the temple visit. It is another matter that after my niece came home, I went back to irregular visits.
It just goes to show, when the need arises and when you want, you can re-prioritize your activities. You will find time for all. It takes some planning and some intelligent scheduling.
As generations come, the odds are stacked more and more against their health. The pollution in the atmosphere, irregular/unhealthy diet and sleep, stress due to work, personal or relationship; low immunity levels, newer medical complications, and a disinterest towards health, will all take its toll on the human body. More and more negativity is present, there is hatred and bloodshed everywhere. All this impacts on our health.
All the more reason to take care of our health. We are born with one body, and getting spares is not easy. And will the spares work as well as the original, when it becomes available, is left to debate. We have one life, and work life balance is important. It is easy to blame people and circumstances. But look inwards, what are you doing to maintain optimum health?
Simple things like taking stairs, drinking at least 8 glasses of water, having a relaxing hobby, making sure one sleeps for at least 6 hours, having positive thoughts, learning to say no, maintaining good relationship with all, eating health beneficial food, and walking where possible, can all be a start to regaining our health.
Health can be regained. The damages of wrong living or lifestyle can be set right. It is not too late to get motivated towards improving our health. It is easy to blame a medical condition, I have thyroid/spondilytis/anemic problems, so I cannot exercise or diet. Who are you fooling? There is no benefit in denying to yourself about your unhealthy life.
One lady I met is easily into obesity. But she told me she is horribly healthy. I do not understand what she means. If you are horribly healthy, why are you obese? The impact may not be apparent now, but she may soon regret not dieting or exercising. It suits some to be in denial.
Do take stock. Do go for medical check ups. You will know where you stand medically. And do introduce a spot of exercise as well as adopt a balanced diet. And learn to manage stress. All these will improve the quality of your life.