For Executives

For Executives

The executive’s lifestyle

The current economic turbulence and uncertainty, together with the added pressures of globalisation, intense competition and rapid rates of change within many sectors of commerce, mean that frequently executives are dealing with many challenges simultaneously. A company’s performance, image and future development is determined by a few senior executives. The executive leads a very different lifestyle to most other employees, and often experiences unhealthy levels of stress, long hours and excessive travel.

Many executives have health problems, some of which are unknown to the individuals concerned. Often these problems prevent optimum performance, yet frequently they are easily correctable. However, the common executive mindset of personal invulnerability frequently leads to denial of early warning signs or symptoms of health problems. For all their proven business and leadership abilities, executives often lack introspective abilities.

The high level of stress experienced by many executives increases the chance of serious illness. In combination with a sedentary lifestyle, extensive travel and often insufficient and poor quality sleep, the health risks are significantly magnified. For many executives, a high fat diet adds another layer of risk. Executive reliance on alcohol or tobacco for relaxation or escape is an insidious additional factor.

The main areas of concern within the executive’s lifestyle are:

  • chronic stress
  • workaholism and burnout
  • physical inactivity
  • anxiety and depression
  • unhealthy diet
  • obesity
  • use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs
  • relationship problems through work/life imbalance