In our society, there is a widespread belief that working hard and pushing ourselves to the limit is the key to success. We have been taught to value “respect” for hard work, over respect for our own bodies and lives. However, as the saying goes, “health is wealth,” and neglecting our health can have serious consequences in the long run.
I have seen many examples of this in my life, where my clients, who were once very physically and mentally active, became disabled after years of performing the same tasks. Illnesses do not appear out of nowhere; they are often the result of prolonged stress and excessive physical exertion. Prolonged stress and an unhealthy lifestyle can cause cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, strokes, and depression. Excessive physical exertion can cause back pain, knee pain, wrist pain, neck pain, joint degeneration, and other health problems.
It’s essential to remember that our bodies and minds have to last us our entire lives. While it’s easy to get caught up in the pursuit of success and achievement, we must make time to rest and take care of our health. Saying “no” when we are tired or overwhelmed is a crucial step in prioritizing our well-being.
The Dalai Lama was once asked what surprised him most about humanity, to which he answered: “Man. Because he sacrifices his health to make money, then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. In addition, he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present.”
Many people sacrifice their health to make money, only to spend that money later trying to regain their health. This cycle of neglect and recovery can be avoided if we prioritize our health from the beginning.
In conclusion, let us learn to value our health and well-being as much as we value hard work and success. Let us take the time to rest, say “no” when we need to, and take care of our bodies and minds. After all, good health is the foundation for a happy and fulfilling life.