‘Get off the treadmill’

Published Nov 17, 2013, 7:06 pm IST
Updated Jan 10, 2016, 8:38 am IST
You need to be in a calm state of mind before you make any major decision.

I have been working as a consultant for the past 15 years and the hectic lifestyle at work is making me stressed. It has affected my relationships and also created health issues that I am unable to overcome. I suffer from high BP. At work I am not my usual self. How do I get back the passion I started with? Do you think I should quit and start something small?

When asked, “What is it to work with love?”, the poet Kahlil Gibran says, “It is to weave the cloth from the strings of your heart as though your Beloved were to wear it”. If you cannot look forward going to work every day, you need to stop and reflect. Take a holiday with people you love and discuss your feelings. To take a decision, you need to get off the treadmill, your work has become. Call your business mentor for an in-depth chat. Look back and study the things that have given you deep satisfaction. Choose something that will give you that.


You need a friendly doctor who will lovingly monitor your vital signs and help you maintain perfect health. Work with him to develop a programme that involves exercise, a healthy diet and some form of meditation.

Your decision on what to do next will flow from your new sense of well being and control, once you know what makes you really happy.

I am 30 years old and have been working in an IT firm for the past five years. I have to work late night as I take care of the US market... Earlier it was fine, but now it has started stressing me out and during the day I find that I am sleepy and tired all the time. My work mates are all doing well and reaching their deadlines and benchmarks while I lag behind. This has made me the butt of all jokes. My morale is low and I find that I am not doing my work well... Please advise. 

This may be the result of a major disturbance in your circadian rhythm, which is the sleep-wake cycle that governs all living things. It is difficult to be happy and well adjusted without exposure to sunlight. The circadian process was first described in the 4th centre Bc when Androthenes a ship captain serving under Alexander the Great described diurnal leaf movements of a tamarind tree. Try to avoid the major disruption of your body’s processes by discussing the problem with your US collaborators. Long-term disruption of rhythms has a profound negative impact. In the longer term it is believed to have significant adverse health consequences on peripheral organs outside the brain, particularly in the development or worsening of cardiovascular disease. The suppression of melatonin production associated with the disruption of the circadian rhythm, may increase the risk of developing cancer. LED lighting suppresses melatonin production five times more than a high pressure sodium light. Depression symptoms are noticed with long term nighttime light exposure. It has been implicated in bipolar disorders.