Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

How's Your Juggling Act? Keep Life in Balance; Hopping about May Save You Dropping the Ball on Life

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

How's Your Juggling Act? Keep Life in Balance; Hopping about May Save You Dropping the Ball on Life

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Byline: Rebecca Marshall rebecca.marshall@scnews.com.au

COULD a de-stressing technique called The Roo, involving lots of hopping up and down while putting your arms in the air, save the world's businesses from forking out trillions of dollars each year on sick or under-performing workers?

Not on its own, but it is part of a wider philosophy of workforce sustainability that could save every business money, boost productivity, improve the bottom line and send staff morale and loyalty soaring to the stars.

Dr Paul Lanthois is a Buderim chiropractor, speaker and author of From Burnout to Balance in Four Weeks, where The Roo makes an appearance as one of many implementable actions.

He is also a workforce sustainability advocate, convinced at the power of people to run at their optimum if they can strike a good balance between work, life and health.

A burnout and a near nervous breakdown of his own caused such clarity.

"I was running a couple of businesses. I was on the chiropractors executive, doing all this stuff for sporting teams and we were about to start having a family," he said.

"I thought the solution was to work harder and harder at everything. But my body and mind starting saying no.

"I started getting anxiety and panic attacks and for six months I had dizziness where all my thoughts just made my world spin.

"A doctor told me I was getting panic attacks and I decided that, as a health expert, I had better start learning how to use my mind and body in different ways.

"The book is about my resultant experiences. I couldn't put my life on hold while I sorted it out because I still had commitments."

Dr Lanthois said life was a juggle of three balls labelled work, life and health.

"If one of those balls is ignored and then drops, that is a sign that some action is required. …

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