365 Days of Leadership: No Diet Day

May 6 is No Diet Day….it’s not what you think. No Diet Day focuses on making people aware of the dangers of dieting.

No Diet Day aims to help to teach people to have a healthy relationship with food, and to ditch restrictive diets and the harmful results they often have, such as anorexia and body-type perceptions in the media.

Too much of a good thing can be bad. Too little of a good thing can be bad. Our relationship with food, family and friends is about balance. We hear a lot about “work/life balance”. Yea, it’s a crock, there is no such thing as “work/life balance”. There can be no balance when the first two hours of the morning is spent getting ready to go to work and the last 4 hours of the evening is spent trying to recover from work.

Typically, I don’t agree with the laissez-faire attitude of Millennials and Gen Nexters, however I must admit that our current working paradigm is not conducive to a healthy lifestyle. Tyrannical bosses, being made to feel bad if you DON’T work 80 hour weeks, putting your personal safety on the line because your boss is afraid of missing a quarterly goal; these unreasonable demands are destructive to a person’s physical and mental health. It can jeopardize a person’s relationships and their life.

Perhaps the Millennials and Gen Nexters have the right idea; they are shifting the paradigm to focus on a true work/life balance and not an unbalanced life which revolves around work.



Connie Hanner is a PhD student in non-profit organizational leadership and a veteran of both non-profit and for-profit organizations. Visit her website at http://www.conniehanner.com. Find her on Face Book, Linked In and follow her on Twitter.

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