Working smart pays off when running a business. But how about your health – are you as smart at looking after yourself? The business does not run itself, not without your hard work and guidance.
Consider the effects on your business if you have to take extended time off, because you ignored or missed some warning health symptoms?
Certainly there’s no glass ball to gaze in for knowing our future life events but there’s never any harm in reviewing the preventative health checks we could do:
For the ladies:
Mammography – Every woman should learn to do self-examinations in their early 20’s and onwards. Unusual discharges, change of breast shape, lumps either soft or firm, surface skin changes – get it checked. From the age of 45, women can be enrolled on the National Register for free mammograms every 2 years. This should be sorted by your GP.
Cervical Smears – Women who are sexually active should be having pelvic exams and cervical smears every two years, at least. This is one of the easiest cancers to pick up and treat when caught early. Here’s more information on them: Cervical Smears. Ovarian Cancer, is more difficult to detect. This is because the cancer cells grow deep in the ovaries, and the symptoms are often masked with other illnesses. It’s worth making yourself aware of what to look for. Click on this link: Ovarian Cancer.
For the Men:
Testicular Exams – Testicular cancer is actually more common for young men in their 20’s! Experts say every 3-4 months, check your balls. If you feel anything unusual do get it checked with your GP at the earliest. When caught early, it is fully treatable.
Prostate Health – Recommendations is that you should begin having regular checks of your prostate health once you reach your 40’s. particularly if you have male relatives in the family who have, or had prostate cancer. Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer for men in New Zealand and the risks increase with age. Click here for more information: Prostate Cancer.
Bowel Cancer: The second highest rate of death from cancer, is from bowel cancer (also referred to as colon, or rectal cancer). Globally, New Zealand has one of the highest rates of this form of cancer. Leading symptoms are usually a change in your bowel discharges, or blood in your motions. A genetic history of bowel or colon cancer in your family does increase your risks, so inform your doctor. For more information click here: Bowel / Colon Cancer.
Skin Cancer: Our climate with glorious summers combined with our love of doing activities outdoors raises the risk of skin cancer, or melanoma. And as with Bowel cancer, we have the higher rates in the world for this cancer, too. Not good, at all. So heed that ‘Slip, Slop, Slap’ message and cover up. Use quality sunscreens, and reapply them. One application in the morning, is NOT going to last all day. Remember to watch the children’s skin too, read more here: Sun Smart
Mental Health – Are business issues creating high stress, anxiety or feel you are not coping. Trouble sleeping? Review your lifestyle balance and check you allow time to unwind? Going solo in business often means you cannot share the management load and so you are wearing several hats at once. Consider joining a business networking group or local professional business organisations in your area. There will be members who empathise on the stress of running a business and can offer support and advice. If you cannot manage growing demands on your time from your work, consider outsourcing some responsibilities. Have a read of our blog: Balance in your life.
If your mental health continues to deteriorate do contact your GP, and please reach out for support soonest. This link provides a listing of useful organisations who may be able to help: Helplines
Heart Disease & Strokes – are right up on the top of the charts for leading causes of death in New Zealand. High blood pressure is a risk factor for serious conditions such as stroke and heart disease. As a significant risk factor, it is also probably the easiest thing you can change to improve your health. Blood pressure can be regulated through a low cholesterol diet and exercise and is definitely worth looking into. Getting regular blood pressure monitoring by your GP or nurse should always be a key part of an annual checkup.
Life can throw curve-balls regardless. But getting checked regularly may save your life especially if health issues are picked up earlier as we can appreciate treatment is likely to be more successful in early stages, or as soon as we become aware of a problem. Don’t be an ostrich, take time to check your own health, so you can continue to run that business successfully.
A word here. If it is the financial bookwork that is causing stress, contact us at Do The Sums Bookkeeping and More. We can review with you some available options on processing services to match your budget. We are happy to review its health with you, and hopefully come up with a diagnosis to help your business back to humming along happily …
027 379 0992 or message Rebecca@dothesums.co.nz
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