There is a strong correlation between distraction and poor health!  In our fast-paced, convenience seeking, multi-tasking society, we are ever so amazed at “new” technology and give great applause to the innovation that drives this ever increasing pace.  Are we paying too large of a price for what can seem to be convenience?  And does the lifestyle that emerges from this convenience promote or detract from our quality of life?

Most adults know that being overweight or obese can greatly increase the chances of contracting heart disease, stroke, many types of cancer, diabetes, inflammation and innumerable other ailments.  The scientific community is proving that there are additional factors that significantly contribute to our ailments and to our mental distraction:

  1. Smoking
  2. Un-satiating food that contains high levels of sugar, genetically modified organisms (GMO’s), pesticides, hormones and flavor enhancers (think MSG), “foods” that cause a temporary emotional satisfaction when eaten that rebounds into physical hunger, cravings, and irritability/anxiety. These “foods” wreak havoc on virtually every organ causing problems with mental stability, hormonal regulation, neurological messages, and elevated insulin levels.
  3. Uncontrolled alcohol and sleeping medications
  4. Sedentary lifestyles and lack of exercise
  5. Stress (unmanaged) at home and work
  6. Low levels of vitamin D (the Sunshine Vitamin)
  7. High consumption of fast food and items from vending machines, snack bars and restaurants where portion size and quality of ingredients is uncontrolled
  8. Use of “sugary and chemical laden food” for emotional and social satisfaction, leaving the body’s needs for nutrition unmet
  9. Unmet emotional needs (anger, loneliness, fear)
  10. Dehydration
  11. Excessive stimulation (multi-tasking, computers, cell phones, dings and pings) is a major cause of distraction and risk-taking

There has been little progress during the past decade in reducing deaths attributable to these risk factors. Although we live in an age of information overload, often the information available is poor and misguided. The message is bigger is better, you only live once, be all to all people – these drive personal distraction from the important task at hand and create chaos.

People want to live healthier and less distracted lifestyles, but they need help.  By simultaneously addressing distraction, employee health, wellness and safety, hotels can reap an upward spiral of productivity and profitability while its employees can live less distracted, longer, healthier, more productive and fruitful lives.