A major element of working with my clients it to educate them on their mental health habits. A part of prioritizing my own joy and mental health has been to prioritize the work I enjoy the most. Something I love to do is to work with other wellness experts on improving the organization of their business. I recently started working with more clients to help them achieve their goals and keep their sanity. In light of prioritizing my own joy and mental health, I wanted to share some tips on Prioritizing Joy During Men’s Health Month.
I recently started working with Rachel Hershberger, MS, CNS, LDN of www.phillyfunctional.com to take her business systems to the next level. As we were going over monthly wellness topics one day, we had a long conversation about Men’s Health Month. We noted the differences between information in the media for women’s health and men’s health. We both pointed out a huge lack of support for men’s mental health. Today, you can find tons of support for women’s mental health and resources to encourage a woman’s sense of self love. Many conversations around men’s health do not feature this element of self love or mental health preservation.
Since June is Men’s Health month, we couldn’t help but stop and think about all of the misinformation given to all our guys out there. It’s important we support our men just as much as our favorite gals. The meaning of wellness is shifting dramatically for women and it’s time we talk about some important conversations and tips around the importance of joy in men’s health.With the monthly focus on men’s health during June, we wanted to remind and encourage you or your guys to spend some extra time this summer on activities that brings them happiness and joy.
Stress and stress related diseases or health crises are at a national high. Including more fun and adventure is an easy way to make effort in your wellness routine that doesn’t involve a strict diet, extreme exercise or supplement regimen. Enjoyment and fun is an essential part of self care and should be scheduled weekly.
Here are some tips to prioritize joy as a regular men’s wellness habit:
-Listen to music, find a portable blue tooth speaker you can carry around with you throughout the day or while you complete household or personal chores
-Spend time outside or being silly. Dance around instead of hitting the gym. Take a long walk or go on an afternoon adventure like hiking or renting some kayaks.
-Make sure you are not stressing yourself out with your wellness habits like exercise or meal prep after a long day. If you want to relax, research healthier restaurants or menu items that you have not tried before instead of worrying about spending the time and energy preparing to maintain your healthy habits every single day. Flexibility and taking breaks from your routine is okay as long as you tune into your needs and desires when you need the rest.
-Don’t forget to celebrate your accomplishments. Maybe you are feeling better than ever or met a personal or business goal you have been working at. Don’t ignore that! Buy yourself something delicious and healthy like organic dark chocolate, fresh berries or a delicious grass fed steak. Celebration doesn’t mean you need to break from your wellness habits. You can include these efforts while also getting some enjoyment from a special treat.
-If you are an avid reader or would like to read more but don’t find the time, try and listen to more audio books and podcasts.
-If you enjoy playing video games, try finding a new game that you can play with a high reward and low impact on stress, adrenaline or cortisol. If you have a group to join in, try playing an old school board game and get some extra social connection in.
-Don’t turn to alcohol every time you need to destress. If you find yourself turning to alcohol often, try and swap this out with something fun like throwing around a frisbee or going out to your favorite restaurant.
Disassociating from the many stressors we experience in life is a key part to preventing stress related diseases or symptoms. While it is not ideal to avoid our problems all together, we essentially need to take breaks when we get the chance. Finding ways to ‘turn off’ or rest our busy mind and body with something fun and exciting is just as important as eating the right blend of nutrients throughout the day. Make sure to check in with yourself or the men in your life to help them prioritize their personal space and necessary down time. Make sure they are getting enough fun and Prioritizing Joy During Men’s Health Month so we can help them work towards being the best versions of themselves!