~Being Over 40 May Be Why You Are Tired, Stressed and Fatigued.~
When you hit your 40's, you have two choices: pull back or double down.
After reading a research article this morning, it has been shown that working over 30 hours per week for individuals over 40 could be contributing to greater stress, less mental acuity and cognitive impairment.
The study was done in Melbourne, Australia by The Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research and included over 6500 participants, working class males and females over 40 years old.
So for those who are liking the sound of this, looking to bring it to their employer citing the reasons for a decrease in performance is age; there is more to the story.
This research relates more to those who work jobs with extremely high stress and long hours (wall street, finance, medicine, entrepreneurship) are at the highest levels of risk.
This makes sense, especially when you look at the lives of most creative types compared to those of the aforementioned.
On the surface, they do not seem like the most motivated or engaged group when it comes to working a standard job.
But, as soon as you put them in a creative space, their genius comes out. Their talents take over and they can work for hours on end without fatigue or burnout as their creative fire powers them through their craft.
Unlike the highly analytical fields of finance, economics, law, medicine, accounting and entrepreneurship where burnout is quite evident earlier in the career path.
Now that we have the facts, what do we do?
As I always suggest, working off of how you feel is essential to long term success. Working a 30 hour week or retiring at 40 is not always feasible. The great ones always make the adjustments.
In the field of sports training and performance, we work off of heart rate variability. This allows us to understand how hard the heart is working at rest, shows an increase in nervous system excitement leading to the athlete needing to either be pushed or pulled back based on resting state.
Building in daily retreats to "decompress" and unwind should be non-negotiable boundaries that are set. When referring to a retreat, I exclude training/ gym time as that is physical "work time".
Rather, I am talking about a walk, reading, meditation, deep breathing while listening to birds, going to the beach and watching waves or finding a place that you can go just to "relax and recharge" your spirit.
The key to this daily decompression is not feeling guilty about it, but that is a part of your greatness & freedom formula.
I am fortunate to work with some Business Titans that are all over the age of 40. The first training objective is to always first "pull them back" and let them know it is ok.
Working to teach them how to be more efficient in less time at work, while spending more time "living" and rebuilding themselves physically is the key to them aging well and thriving into their 60,70's and beyond.
I encourage all of you to take some time and think about your "place" that you can go each day to decompress. Your life depends on it! Move the guilt aside and start rebuilding your health.