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The Superhero Syndrome

August 15, 2008

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We live in a fast-paced society: fast food, speed dating, high-speed internet connections. Men and women alike are expected to be in multiple places at once. Our lives are overbooked with commitments to work, family, social life, exercise, hobbies, spiritual practice and the list goes on. When everything is made into a priority, it’s hard to find balance and eventually our health suffers. We fill up our lives with all these activities, but do they really make us happy?

It’s important to remember that we are human beings, not human doings. The next time you put on your cape in the morning to go about your day with a superhero mentality, look at how you are spending your time. Are you making time for the things you most enjoy? Take a moment to slow down, breathe and check in.

Our high-powered lifestyles require some prioritization and sometimes the courage to say, “I want to stay true to myself, and I want to enjoy myself. These are my priorities.”

Are your activities and commitments running your life? What’s one thing you could do today to slow down and enjoy your life?


About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.