Health and lifestyle choices are linked, but when you are in the middle of life and work you do not often realise how much pressure you put on yourself and others. You need a wake-up call!

Health and Lifestyle: The Wake-Up Call

My wake up call came when a routine issue, during a departmental meeting, had made my blood boil.  Uncharacteristically, I had let everyone know about it. I was as surprised at myself, as everyone else. With my heart pumping, red in the face and, feeling utterly weird, lifestyle and health are linked as illustrated by the man slipping down an arrow because he does not look after himself.I realised that something was not right. I could not recognise myself, my reaction nor the blood pressure spike.  Now I know that my lifestyle was jeopardising my health – and that the very definition of what health was at the core of my problem. It was a wakeup call.

Do you have any signs that tell you that change is needed?

Health and Lifestyle Relationship 

Health according to The World Health Organisation is “a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” and “the main determinants of health include the social and economic environment, the physical environment, and the persons’ individual characteristics and behaviours”. 

Lifestyle is linked with long-term individual health as this is what a person can take control over – based on decisions and choices.  The ability to adapt, and change habits, will improve your health.Starting lifestyle changes is a good choice - words good choice in 'funny letters'

Lifestyle choices to food, exercise, sleep, alcohol, smoking are key to longevity and preventing health issues. Stress management, relaxation, and learning how to problem solve and plan time is also an important part – as is learning to say ‘no’ and ‘yes’.

The relationship between lifestyle and health is not often talked about in a stressful office – nor indeed when ‘saving the world’ or working for those that ‘do good’. It does sometimes get discussed in an organisation after someone has become ill, collapsed, and left on a suggested longer ‘leave’.


Healthier Life by the 5 x 5 Success plan. Lifestyle changes are a good feeling - illustrated by happy face road signLet’s face it! While we can argue that wellness and occupational health should be at the top of the agenda of employers – it will take quite a while before this happens. Big Brother will not do this for you. It is up to the individuals, you and me, to make lifestyle health choices now.

Lifestyle changes are for long-term health, wellbeing and overall enhancement of all facets that are part of your life.

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