Friday, 24 June 2011

Acute vs Chronic Stress

Stress is a spice of life. It is good. For millions of years, living beings are trained to handle acute stress. Under acute stress, flight or fight mechanism is activated, thereby hormones and steroids are secreted to keep the body under complete alert. All routine tasks - digestive process, repair of tissues, detoxification etc. are put on hold. Safety and security system is activated - senses are heightened, increase in WBC, elimination of digestive waste to prevent infection, increase in energy output etc. Physical activity during this stage neutralizes the steroids and after a while body come under normal routine activity.

In today's world we undergo stress situation every hour. Hooting at fellow commuters while driving car, unpleasant conversation with boss in office, argument with vendors on delivery, indiscipline from subordinates etc. This happens without accompanying any physical activity. We call this chronic stress situation. This disrupts routine body tasks completely and keep body & mind under high alert. Steroids produced during this process impacts severely body organs.

Lifestyle related diseases are borne from chronic stress conditions.

Regular exercise and meditation helps in neutralizing steroids and prevents lifestyle related diseases.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011


Perseverance is a golden trait for success and happiness.

85% of successful people are with average intelligence and high perseverance. Sports is the best teacher of perseverance. Marathon or long distance running is one such sport which can help you inculcate this important quality. Long distance running is a mind game. After few miles, when cheering of crowd subsides, it is the runner and his mind which is fighting the battle. Marathon training helps you win over this situation effectively.

I suggest people to remain active in sports forever to nurture such traits.

Keep miling, keep smiling :)

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Balancing Act

balancing act Health and wellness has today become one of the major concerns in the modern life, especially in the corporate world. We all have read the news on untimely demise of Mr. Raghu Pillai (Future Group CEO & Executive Board Member). Mr. Pillai is the third high-profile corporate leader that India Inc has lost to heart attack in the past two years. And unfortunately, many more such deaths go unnoticed. Attributing their death to any one specific issue is like looking at the tip of iceberg.

2mpower consultants interviewed people at CXO level in the corporate world and researched on lifestyle of top executives for the last fifteen months as part of our initiative to empower people's life (  Presented here is a view point or an approach which can play an important role in preventing such incidence in the future, while people continue to perform duty in high stress corporate world.

When it comes to health and wellness, we talk about nutritious food, physical activity, good sleep and ability to manage work-life balance. But you will agree that India Inc senior professionals are well read and exposed to such basic advice. They are smart enough to appreciate this and incorporate it as part of their lifestyle. Then why we have seen such incidence in the past!

In our study, we have found that 99% people (including doctors) lack in effective execution of this basic mantra, thereby invite illness on themselves. Why is this so? Here is an interesting analysis.

Our day is occupied by series of task. Daily task selection and even prioritization is dictated by our value system. These are individual values, family values, social values and work values. Importance of these values for effective living starts forming right from childhood but gets fully crystallized during young adulthood. Most people at various phase of their life compromise on some by giving importance to other. When this neglect happens unwillingly, it causes conflict. Conflict is the root cause of strain on our individual, family, social or work fabric. Conflict results in negativity. This precipitates as negative stress in our daily life. Negative stress results in physiological changes which impacts body organs and causes imbalance in our day to day functioning. Disease arising from such living condition is termed as lifestyle diseases. Onset of such conditions is gradual and precipitate at the age group of 40-50 years.

Hard work or positive stress by itself does not cause distress or mental exhaustion. It is caused by our conflict in values, which results in imbalance task selection. After a heart attack or a loss of dear one, we reevaluate this imbalance. But very soon get back to our old routine.

In 2mpower, we have been working with our clients in addressing this core issue. We have seen astonishing results. Once mental conflict is resolved, life style changes require little effort in adoption, be it diet, exercise, rest or work-life balance.

Implementation of these four elements (diet, exercise, sleep, stress) through balanced value system is critical. Implementation in silos will be incomplete and ineffective.

Have a fulfilling day.

From the CEO's desk - Mohammed H. Naseem

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Wealth & Health

There is a synergy between health & wealth. If you have been able to manage your health, it is very likely that you have done the same with your wealth.

Wealth management and wealth accumulation are two different things. Unfortunately, we tend to do the later and think we are managing our wealth wisely. You need not be rich to manage your wealth.

Similarly health management and physical training are two different aspects. Once again, we do the later and think that we are managing our health. For effective health management, you need not be in an excellent physical shape.

Both discipline require structured approach with regular monitoring and measurements.

Wealth management is managing risk by allocating fund in various asset class, invested in a systematic fashion and ensuring that this ratio is maintained and reviewed periodically.

Health management is managing health risks by allocating time to mind, body and vital in a balanced and systematic fashion. Ensuring that this time sharing is non-negotiable. Health parameters are measured & reviewed periodically.

Good wealth management includes interest of self and society at large. Similarly good health management benefits society as you become the ambassador of health for your family and friends.