Please excuse me – I need to rant.
September often brings the roll-out of new workplace wellness efforts. Believe me, I am all for creating an environment to support healthy employees. Today a reader sent this picture:
Are You Kidding?
The goal of wellness message should be to encourage healthy behavior. This one made the reader angry. Me too!
Better than I’ve ever been? All it motivates me to do is scream, “Screw it! (or something more Erica Napoletano – esque) Why should I even try?”
Is this a reasonable goal for most people?
Really, who writes this stuff?
I can only imagine someone in their twenties with the possibility of “better than ever” ahead.
I remember my twenties, and even early 30s. As a professional dancer and choreographer, I was in pretty darned good shape.
In my late 30’s and early 40’s (after pregnancy and my heart attack) I ran recreational triathlons. Lots of personal bests there.
Today, as I approach 50, I am reminded every morning by each creak and groan of the price my body paid dancing and why those triathlons are no longer an option.
Screw you “Better than I’ve ever been”!
Thanks for reminding me that those years are behind me. Rather than motivating me, you make me want to go back to bed! (As an aside, I think this messaging is morale deflating as well considering how many employers are asking workers to do more with less.)
How often do you see wellness messaging that makes you want to give up?
Every day I receive email press releases for products people would like me to cover on my blog. You may notice that doesn’t happen very often. Most of these products, diet plans, or exercise programs promise a magic bullet or involve something most people can’t fit into their already busy lives.
- How many of us can afford the special berry only grown on the sunny side of a distant mountain? No? So why should we try?
- How many of us can carve out two hours per day to get sweaty? No? So why should we try?
- How many of us can afford a personal trainer, chef, guru, or coach? No? So why should we try?
We are all born with a unique instrument – our body. If there was a one-size-fits-all solution, we would all be doing it. The real key is to find equilibrium for you body and find ways to stay there. Figuring out what you need to eat (or not eat), how much to move, and how to manage stress in ways that fit your daily life is the answer.
- Maybe biking to work will work for you, but if not – find a different way.
- Maybe it’s not about some restrictive diet – maybe it is about not having a cookie at lunch EVERY day. (Or not having a cookie FOR lunch)
My wellness message is a question:
What did you do for YOU today?
Small things. Every day. Simple.
I feel better now.
It’s your turn. Please share in a comment below wellness messaging you see – does it motivate you or make you want to give up? I’d love to see what is out there and hear your reactions. Thanks!
Women’s Wellness Speaker Eliz Greene works with busy people to improve heart health, so they can live longer, feel better, and stress less.
She is a heart attack survivor and the author of the Busy Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Heart as well as 3 other books on wellness. She writes one of the top 50 health and wellness blogs and is a sought-after women’s wellness & stress management keynote speaker. Eliz was recently named one of the Top Ten Online Influencers on Stress and is the Heart Disease Expert on Answers.com