It goes without saying, the best investment you can ever make is by investing in your health and wellbeing. It’s all good busting your gut at work to bring home the bread and don’t get me wrong, it’s great to be able to afford nice things and who doesn’t love bread right!? But sometimes the best things in life are free, and they are often overlooked. To me, I would personally have my health and wellbeing and be able to enjoy spending time with my family and friends, to me, that is something money can’t buy.
I have the upmost admiration for anyone that has put their all into being financially successful; however, if that success makes you ill as a result of working too hard, working ridiculous hours and putting excess stress on your body, that can have an adverse and irreversible effect on both your physical and mental health and wellbeing. In fact, a stressful work environment can knock years off your life. It is all about finding balance, work hard, but in moderation so you can reap the rewards of being successful and look after your health and wellbeing. There is a positive correlation between being active, eating healthy and life expectancy, everyone knows this, but not everyone chooses to follow these basic principles. Essentially, if you invest in yourself, you are buying yourself time and that to me is a priceless commodity.
The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him the most about humanity, answered “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.” The only thing in life that is certain, is death; there are no two ways about it, so surely you would want to prolong your life by keeping as fit and healthy as you can.
A one-hour workout is a mere 4% of your day and I truly believe everyone can make time to get active in order to benefit their health and wellbeing, if they really want to. The same goes for eating healthy, people are happy to go out and spend hundreds of pounds on one meal or a night out on the booze, but aren’t willing to invest in quality, healthy and nutritious foods on their weekly shop. Now that to me is completely backwards and If you think wellness is expensive, try illness.
As the Dalai Lama said, man “sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.” I aim to live a life that reads something like this “man lives in balance, invests his money to benefit his health. Then enjoys a prolonged healthy life, with his family and friends”.