By Dr. Olga Filippa Nel, Clinical Psychologist
The 1st of November marks the start of 30 days dedicated to men’s health through a movement called Movember (a portmanteau of the Australian-English diminutive word for moustache, “mo”, and “November”). This initiative involves the growing of moustaches during November to raise awareness of men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide.
Consequently, I write this article especially for all the amazing men out there. So here are a few tips to stay on top of your game, because you need to take care of yourself to give your best to others! A healthy mind needs a healthy body to function optimally. Prevention is better than cure.
1. Make November the time of year when you visit your family doctor for a thorough physical check-up.
2. Exercise daily to help your body from head to toe. Physical activity is not just great for making you stronger and in control of your body weight, it also improves mental health, by lowering stress levels and increasing endorphins, the “feel-good” chemicals. Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Drink in moderation, if you have to!
3. Be a gentleman and treat everyone around you with kindness and respect. Spend time with family and friends. Show them that they matter to you. Laugh and hug. Research has shown that the quality of our life is determined by the quality of our relationships. Give yourself to others and give back, as being of service improves your resilience and self-esteem.
4. Create balance in your life by embracing a mindful lifestyle. This means being truly present at the moment so that you can give your very best and derive enjoyment from your daily activities.
5. Develop a strong value system. Values often define what is truly important to you and clarify the direction of your life. They also make goal-setting, prioritising, and decision-making easier. Follow your passions and don’t forget to relax and unwind.
6. This is a tough one – get in touch with your feelings. Acknowledge them and deal with them in a way that is productive, not destructive. Open up and talk about them to someone if you are struggling to handle them.
“The real meaning of our life, which we all pursue … is to be happy.” -The Dalai Lama
Take his advice and enjoy each minute.
Live mindfully and blossom!
Images from metro.co.uk
Originally published in the 119th Ndeipi Magazine