Men's Well-being: Mind, Body And Spirit
Different ways to get your mojo back ...
How are you feeling now that the Christmas holiday and New Year celebrations are over? Lethargic? Sluggish? Under the weather? Completely meh? You may be surprised to hear that a man's well-being is not simply down to physical conditioning ...
At Rugged & Tough, we think that all aspects of men's well-being are truly important!
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Whether you work on a building site, in a warehouse, a shop or office, most men have been indoctrinated to think that physical fitness is the be all and end all when it comes to their health.
"But there's a lot more to it than that!"
The human body is a connected system of mind, body and spirit. You may be physically fit but if you're mentally in turmoil or running on empty spiritually, you'll find this working against you and dragging down your overall health.
At Rugged & Tough, we think that all aspects of men's well-being are truly important, so we've had a rummage around Google and found these great ideas to keep you in tip-top condition:
De-stress your life. If you're constantly worrying about money, about your relationships, your job security or that nagging pain in your foot then you need to do something about it. Hope is not a strategy, is it?
De-clutter! Tidy out your van, clean up your shed, office or toolbox. Mess is not good for you. Set aside some time each week to keep your workspace clean.
Get some regular exercise. You don't need to commit to the gym three times a week as even a regular walk will reduce your stress levels and keep you grounded.
Get more sleep. One of the best things for you is to get the right amount of sleep. Napping when you get home will disrupt your sleep during the night so try to stay away for longer and go to bed earlier. It's amazing what a positive effect a good night's sleep can have on you.
Talk to someone. Mates are great for banter, but can they seriously help you? Most men feel there's a stigma in talking to someone about what's worrying them, but remember there are male therapists out there too! A little Googling will find someone local to you.
Reduce the junk food. We're not saying that you should give it up altogether but how about replacing your regular morning bacon butty with something a little healthier every other day?
Take a short walk every day. Ok, you may be lifting bricks or stacking boxes all day, but that's pretty repetitive stuff. Walking is not only good for your body, but it's a great way to clear your mind too.
Take a packed lunch. You can make far better choices when you prepare your lunch yourself. Include a piece of fruit and replace those fizzy drinks with pure juice.
Get enough sleep. You know how many hours you need to be at your best, so rather than staying up late and vegging on the sofa watching the latest Netflix boxset, go to bed a earlier instead.
Cut down on the alcohol. Try to have a few nights a week alcohol free and you'll definitely feel the benefits.
Take up a new hobby. Regularly doing things outside of your 'normal life' can be challenging, but quite fulfilling. If it gets you out of the house as well, then even better.
Spend more time with your friends. When we're feeling low we tend to tuck ourselves away and disconnect from our mates. You don't need to get into huge conversations, but just hanging out can help.
Read more. Yes, we may ponder a newspaper every morning, but why not get into a fiction series instead? What dramas have you watched on TV that come from a book? Are the prequels and sequels that you may enjoy reading?
Learn an instrument. Who doesn't want to play guitar? Who would like to learn more than chopsticks on the piano? When it's possible to download lesson apps to your phone, there's no excuse to not find the time.
Get out into nature! It's not only good for you physically and mentally, but just being in the great outdoors will help ground you too. Go for a walk yourself or take the family too.
It's a fast-moving, stressful world we live in and remembering that our mind, our body and our spirit are all connected in one big system called 'me' is really important.
Men tend to concentrate on the physical side of health. Yes, getting enough exercise is important, but many men have been brought up to believe that mental health is a private matter, they just need to man up, and that spiritual health is for girls ... not so.
"How about a couple more simple suggestions?"
For work, try creating a new look and have a mini-rebrand. This can work for you as an individual or, if you have a trade business, take a look at our branded workwear deals (and don't forget our in-house branding service!).
If you spend a lot of time in the countryside, take a look at your kit from last season and see where improvements can be made. Plan for replacement boots and re-waterproofing and organise a new activity for the spring with is not that far away.
"Go and do something completely different instead!"
Even if you think that what we've said here is hokum, suicide is a big killer of men in the United Kingdom. in 2014 alone, 26 men in every 100,000 killed themselves with those in the 40's being the most likely to do it.
Until next time ...
RUGGED & TOUGH
We're not well-being experts but we do think men's wellbeing is something we all need to talk about.
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