You only get one body, so it’s vital to keep it in good condition at every stage of life. The good news is that you have the power to become happier and healthier. Though Men’s Health Month is ending soon, here are five tips you can use to protect your well-being all year long.
1. Schedule Regular Checkups
Men are notorious for trying to “tough it out” and avoid doctor’s visits. That’s especially unfortunate because many men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, are preventable with early detection. Routine wellness screenings for conditions like high blood pressure are one of the best ways you can keep yourself in good physical condition. Don’t forget your mental health, either. Without treatment, disorders such as anxiety and PTSD can get significantly worse.
2. Know Your Family History
If hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, or other chronic health conditions run in your family, you have a higher chance of developing those problems yourself. That’s another reason to start a relationship with a general practitioner who can help you understand and manage your risks.
3. Make Time for Self-Care
Though some stress is inevitable, there is a limit to how much your brain and body can handle. If you routinely push yourself over this edge without taking steps to manage or reduce your workload, you will eventually experience burnout. Living with chronic stress elevates your risk of developing men’s health conditions like high blood pressure, depression, and addiction. Self-care isn’t selfish, and giving yourself permission to relax doesn’t mean you’re lazy. Protect your well-being with healthy leisure activities like reading, gardening, or playing recreational sports.
4. Look for a More Flexible Job
One positive change to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic has been a shift in the conventional 9-to-5 workplace culture. Many people with traditional office-based jobs found they were more productive and fulfilled when their employers allowed them to work remotely on a flexible schedule. Eliminating a hectic commute and canceling non-essential meetings can give you more time back in your day to exercise, cook nutritious homemade meals, and unwind with your family.
5. Change How You Eat
If you eat most of your meals on the run or in front of the television, changing your eating habits will benefit your mental health. Try eating more slowly and mindfully, savoring each bite before taking the next. Developing mindful eating habits will help you appreciate your food more and be grateful for what you have.
Men’s Health and Addiction
This Men’s Health Month and beyond, take this advice to develop habits to manage your overall well-being, boost your mood, and reduce stress. If you find yourself worried about your ability to control your drinking or drug use, use these men’s health tips as inspiration to seek help.
At Lakeside-Milam Recovery Centers, we offer a CARF-accredited treatment program that is one of the nation’s best. To reclaim your life from a substance use disorder, start by taking our self-screenings for alcohol or drug addiction, then reach out to speak to someone who understands.