A Cost You Cannot Afford to Cut
We are now facing one of the toughest periods of our recent history in terms of fuel costs and their ripple effect through just about everything we buy. It's a time when we start to decide which of our daily expenses are mandatory and which are discretionary.
In these times a very strange thing occurs. One of the popular first cuts people
make is the cost of maintaining good health – physical and emotional. Yep…sad, but true.
I am speaking of the most natural personal health resource you have. One that replenishes
your burnt energy, reduces your stress levels, boosts your self esteem, stimulates your
capacity to be positive, expands your creativity and refreshes your enthusiasm for living.
Pretty important stuff, wouldn’t you say?
You’ll find it in any interest you pursue simply for enjoyment. Traditionally they’re called
leisure or recreational interests. Economists call them discretionary interests. In fact,
they aren’t discretionary. They’re up there with every other component essential for
The stresses of normal daily living are insidiously eating into your physical, emotional
and even spiritual health. If un-addressed, the cracks of life begin to appear. Little things
like lack of sound sleep, getting angry too often, increasing absenteeism and even being present at work when really you should have stayed home.
Resting isn’t enough. You need at least one interest that transports your mind to a world of sheer enjoyment, any interest that expresses your authentic self, triggering what’s called a ‘state of flow’. Singing in a choir does it for me. When you lose yourself in an interest you love, you find yourself.
In matters of economics, your health is never a discretionary item.