Charlize Theron recently famously admitted to cracking two of her molar teeth on the set of her new film, Atomic Blonde, but she is not alone in allowing her health to take a hit due to work. Our attitude towards work and our sense of work-life balance has totally spiralled out of control. With it we have also perpetuated gender inequality and wrecked our relationships: I mean, there’s really only room for one workaholic in a family… and we subscribe to the myth that one over-achiever is better than two achievers, regardless of the gender.
Is this obsession with work only a function of increased demands on our workforce, or is it also another way of relinquishing control for our lives to an external entity, in this case, a corporation? People who feel in control of their lives are said to have an ‘internal locus of control’ as opposed to those who feel like life controls them i.e. ‘external locus of control’. External locus- people are less prone to act on their plans and ideas. Interestingly, they also tend to suffer more from a number of ailments and health issues, including mental health issues, than those with an internal locus of control. So, are we letting ourselves down by letting our work in?
In Australia, our health is our own to look after, aided by public health funding and our own private insurance payments. Our employers very rarely play a part in our health care and well being except to allow us up to 10 days to recover from an illness if need be. In other, employer funded health models, like USA, the employer covers all costs of their employees health insurances and this ensures they get good care if they are ill. To minimise costs of insurance policies, employers promote good preventative health practices and encourage regular dental visits and medical checks. Both systems have their own advantages and disadvantages, but it’s important to remember we don’t owe our employers our health, but we do owe it to ourselves and our families.
You are the only person responsible for your own health and wellbeing and if large corporations can save by taking part in prevention programs, why not take a leaf out of their book and do the same? It may save you money, but it will also make you happier and more in control. So, start with your smile and if you’re worried about what lurks there after many years of dental apathy, come see us! We’ll excavate your smile back from the decade old deposits and have you ready to front up to your dentist…and of course, smile – like a boss.