Luxury Health: You are at the peak of your career, a corporate head, a big business tycoon, an Oscar award-winning entertainer, maybe an elite athlete, but instead of basking in the golden glow of your accomplishments, you are reaching for the Tylenol, an antacid, or something to tame your incessant insomnia. You don't sleep, but you're constantly exhausted. If this scenario sounds like you or someone you know, be assured that you are in the best of company.
Contrary to what you might expect, the more successful people become, the greater their performance anxiety becomes. Take Dustin Hoffman for example. In a recent television interview, Hoffman, categorically known to be one of the most successful entertainers in the history of the business, related that with each new movie, he is more anxious now than ever before. His fear of failing is a source of enormous stress.
Have you ever noticed that as people become more successful in their careers they often seem to begin aging quicker? They frequently begin to appear less vibrant, generally seeming to be less content with their lives. This is the evidence that with success comes stress. Hasn't every U.S. president been at the peak of his political career? Yet, within a four year period, you have watched each and every one of them age exponentially.
You watch beautiful, young notables like Princess Diana, Kirsten Ally, Nicole Richie, and Mary Kate Olsen develop eating disorders, while phenomenal talents like John Belushi and Sean Penn develop drug habits from which they don't always escape with their lives. Lindsay Lohan is just one of many seeking rehab these days. You have witnessed the exponential rise in the number of professional ball players whose careers and lives are being destroyed when the pressure to be the best means the use of dangerous anabolic steroids.
Like these individuals, you also are driven to define yourself by your achievements. Yet, does that very success that you relish and chase unabashedly have to be hazardous to your health? Only if you allow it to be!
As one of the cream of the successful crop, you are now wondering what you can do to keep from joining the growing throng of walking wounded. Being as proactive in defining your wellness management program as you are in defining your business management program can keep you from turning into a home-based pharmaceutical management expert or a "professional patient."
Go ahead and make your wellness part of your successfulness and prepare yourself for a healthier tomorrow- starting today! Appropriate rest, relaxation, exercise and good nutrition should be a part of your regular regimen daily. Treat yourself to a consultation with a wellness manager or a life coach. Success does not have to be hazardous to your health!
By Dr. Cheryl BryantBruce, MD
Elite Personal Physician Services, Inc.