Like most personal trainers I preach a fit and healthy lifestyle. Like most personal trainers I should take some of my own advice. Although these days , I don't really drink , I eat well, I train regularly - but I am prone to commit other lifestyle 'sins'. I work too much , I live dangerously (Whatever that means) , at times I push my body and my mind a little to far.
My body is my billboard, my mind my tool to help others. Why would I risk possibly damaging these? Its hard to explain but i'm sure you can relate. Recently I've found myself forgetting things, waking up at red lights (that happened once), getting sick, getting injured, just to name a few things. Nothing serious, but sometimes it can take just one thing to put everything out of alignment. Particularly if you are self employed like myself. But not like me - what if you are writing a PhD , looking after 6 kids, working a part time job, then all of sudden you completely run yourself down to the point your no good to yourself , your kids , let alone your PhD.
The same can be said with mental health, if not it is even more important. Which for some reason is not openly talked about - or treated as serious. For example again , you work two jobs , have a relationship - experience a death in the family , develop an anxiety disorder, suddenly your alone living off welfare on your friends couch.
Yes these are extreme or worst case scenarios. But when I work with people, or even talk with people, it really surprises me how much we take our health, wealth and just being alive for granted. Like I mentioned earlier i'm not role model on living the most sensible lifestyle , at times. But I do practice and advocate - healthy eating, physical training, mediation and self love. If you don't look after yourself you are no good to anyone else.
Like all my behaviors and traits that no longer serve me , I recently had to overhaul what I was doing with my time and energy. Although this was hard to do as it required letting some things go, it also highlighted to me - if I'm no good mentally and physically , I am sure as hell no good to anyone else. Particularly with what I do for a living.
It doesn't matter what you do though, the same principle applies.
If you are not at your best, how can you be your best for others, at work, home and in life. There's no right or wrong way to live - but if you want to live your best life, your mental and physical health should be up there on your values list. No matter your purpose or position in life.
Like always, just my unqualified opinion .