What qualities and traits do you equate with success? Determination? Commitment? Adaptability? Maybe a fierce commitment to hard work?
All these can be important to building a successful lifestyle. But one universal factor that can also impact your ability — one that’s easy to forget in the midst of daily chaos — is wellness. Believe it or not, this is the greatest key to success, and here’s why.
Wellness Affects Performance
During my college days, there were times when I worked myself so ragged that it affected both my mental and physical health.
I was stressed about doing well in classes and my job, so I would skip meals or eat whatever junk was convenient.
Other times, I would work until the late hours of the night so I could study for the next day’s test or put the finishing touches on my paper.
And you know what? It wasn’t worth it.
Foregoing sleep and pushing mental health breaks aside just made me more stressed, and occasionally, my performance even suffered as a result.
Physical and mental wellness are essential to work performance and productivity, regardless of what you do for a living. Numerous studies and surveys support this. For example, one analysis of over 30,000 employees in the United Kingdom indicated that physical and mental health directly affect workplace productivity. A business leader survey report from 2015 also showed that the majority of employers consider employee health to be a major factor in maintaining efficiency.
This is hardly a surprise, right? If you’re not feeling well, physically or mentally, it can be hard to muster up the strength to do a job, let alone find the motivation to get started. Any work you do manage to get accomplished is prone to error — and forget about getting those creative juices flowing.
Fatigue, stress and other health issues can quickly become the enemies of success if you don’t manage them properly. Exercising, eating a healthy diet, having a regular sleep schedule and taking care of yourself while sick are crucial for fostering a positive attitude and higher energy levels.
How Do I Prioritize My Wellness?
Making health a priority seems easy in theory, but it’s often hard to make a habit when you work long hours or feel overwhelmed by a hectic personal and professional life. That said, it’s necessary if you want to be able to give it your all every day. A few small changes that might help support your wellness include:
- Sleeping for 7 hours or more each night.
- Eating a balanced diet packed with fruits, vegetables and protein.
- Drinking plenty of water.
- Finding a type of exercise you enjoy.
- Taking a fun and constructive outlet for stress.
In addition to using some of these prevention tactics, it’s also important to remember to take care of yourself if you’re sick or depressed. Listen to the signs your mind and body are giving you to come out stronger and stay on the path to success.
Looking after your mind and body is one of the best ways to set yourself up for achievement. With improved motivation, energy and creativity on your side, you’ll be ready to tackle any challenge and make the way to victory!
~Here’s to Your Success!
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