As we grow older or even as we struggle to make a living in a fast paced world, many of us tend to worry excessively about our health. These worries are re-inforced by what we see or hear happening around us.”He died of diabetes and he’s only 40″ said one. ” My colleague had a heart attack and he’s only 35″ said another. Do these signals tend to make us worry more than we ought to?In a recent article in the New York Times, Tara Parker-Pope writes of a new book which gives us food for thought. Dr. Susan M. Love, a well know health specialist has written a book called ” Live A Little! Breaking The Rules Won’t Break Your Health”. Dr. Love has done a lot of work in the field of breast cancer and is the Clinical Professor of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
The mantra in this book : stop worrying about your health.
I see a lot of merit in Dr. Love’s message. Often worrying itself leads to more stress and when we get stress induced illnesses like high blood pressure with its many after effects, the irony is that it started because we worried about our health.
I guess the secret is to do things in moderation. Eat well, live well and more than anything else enjoy life because you can’t bring back the days gone by and you don’t know what the future has in store for you.
Perhaps, moderation then is the name of the game.