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Self-Care for Dads: Prioritizing Yourself is Important

By: Marcuss Russell

Let's start with a frequent misunderstanding: self-care is not the same as self-indulgence or being selfish. Self-care is looking after yourself so that you may be healthy, perform well at work, help, care for others, and do all of the tasks you need and desire to complete in a day.

What is Self-Care?

When it comes to defining self-care, some organizations and scholars adopt a health-oriented perspective. Self-care is defined as the capacity of people, families, and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and deal with sickness and disability with or without the help of a healthcare practitioner.

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Self-care comprises everything that has to do with being physically healthy, such as cleanliness, diet, and obtaining medical help when necessary. It refers to all of the actions a person may take to manage stress in their lives while also looking after their health and well-being.

What happens when dads don't reach out?

According to a widespread cultural convention, dads put their health and well-being at the bottom of their priority list. Dads presently live around five years less than women in the United States. One factor is that up to 65 percent of dads say they try to avoid going to the doctor as much as possible and only go when they are concerned about major diseases. When it comes to mental health, the situation is considerably worse. Dads are the least likely to seek help for depression and suicide. If you've ever flown, then you know the stewardess mentions that, in case of an emergency, you must first put on your oxygen mask before helping others. Securing your oxygen mask has a significant influence on your capacity to perform at work, enhance family and marital harmony, and considerably boost your ability to accomplish your objectives. There are a few realities to communicate with dads about self-care to shift this mindset.

Your intentions aren't as important as your actions:

Examine your list of desired and planned activities. It might involve going to the gym, taking a relaxing weekend getaway, or giving up an old habit that no longer serves you. It's amazing how many of us already know what we need to do to be healthy and feel better. Find an accountability partner, such as a dedicated gym companion or a friend who can encourage you. Then make a firm choice to take action.

Your anxiety is leaking out:

You may be able to cope with your current stress level, but take some time to consider how it affects people around you. You may even ask them for their views. A supportive community may provide you with helpful feedback on how you present yourself and affect others.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, one out of ten males suffers from depression or anxiety, yet only half seek treatment. Why? It might be challenging to discuss sentiments and emotions. It may appear as if there isn't enough time to seek treatment, or it may be simpler to ignore symptoms. Finding the correct therapy might be challenging. That's why it's crucial to check in with yourself and schedule self-care time.

Why should you make time for self-care?

You must recharge regularly for the purpose of your mental health. It can help you avoid significant burnout, anxiety, and depression. If you realize that stress or negative thoughts are affecting your everyday life, it's time to put yourself first.

Anxiety and sadness may have a negative influence on your physical health. Headaches, stomach problems, and discomfort are all common physical complaints among males.

Poor work/life balance can also have health consequences.

Self-care and getting treatment for mental health problems is a sign of strength, not weakness. If you're in pain, how can you assist others, be a supportive spouse, a role model, or a caregiver?

Few self-care tips:

Stress-relieving activities:

Find stress-relieving activities that work for you and schedule a time to participate in them on your calendar. This might include regular exercise, meditation, reading, taking a daily stroll around the block, or cooking a nutritious dinner. Much of our mental and physical health is determined by our diet; to aid your body from the inside out, include more heart-healthy foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and leafy greens.


Be present:

There are instances when the slogan "mind over matter" is appropriate. Grounding yourself and being in the now may be as simple as thinking happy thoughts and appreciating what you're grateful for.

What are you looking forward to seeing, doing, or eating now that the nation has reopened? What ideas will make you smile as you begin your day? Concentrate on it. Make a list of three positive things that happen to you every day, by journaling.

Avoid fatigue:

Being constantly connected via many modes of communication makes it challenging to take time to refresh. Take time to think about how you are feeling and be truthful with yourself. Take actions to manage burnout if you're feeling overworked or tired.

Talk to someone:

While chatting with friends may be beneficial, there are occasions when speaking with a certified expert can be more beneficial. Therapists are educated to listen and spot patterns, solve issues, and provide skills to help you deal with and manage stress, anxiety, and depression when they emerge.

Self-care is an intentional act. Taking the free time to reboot and rejuvenate yourself, so that you are showing up in your best way, not only for you, your career, but most importantly, for your family. Take the time today. Your body will thank you tomorrow.

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