Men: 5 Ways to Care for Yourself (And an Appointment Isn't One)

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What are you doing for Father’s Day?

Reminding the special father figures in your life how special they are?  Accepting gifts from those who depend on you for fatherly advice and wisdom?

Here’s our fatherly advice – take care of yourself!

If you don’t take care of yourself, how can you take care of those who depend on you?  Here’s a short list of ways you can take care of yourself with those you love:  

Exercise

Get on the local bike trail and take a walk or ride bikes (wear a helmet!).  Trails can be enjoyed by all ages, so you can do this with both the young and old in your circle of loved ones.  Walk, run or bike – trails are a great resource for quick, fun and cheap exercise.

Eat Seasonal

Grill out with friends and family instead of picking up fried food for dinner.  Fresh veggies are great straight off the grill, too!  Avoid too much ice cream and go for summer fruits like watermelon or strawberries.  Have a watermelon seed spitting contest!

Laugh

It’s true, laughing is good for you.  So go ahead, share a good joke with friends. The Mayo Clinic reports that laughing “enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.”  Laughter really is good medicine.

Chill

No reason to get your blood pressure up – it’s dangerous.  But time in the hammock isn’t (unless you fall out, of course).   All work and no play is not the answer.   After you get your chores done, take time for yourself.  Find the lawn chair and admire the lawn.  Take a nap.  The National Sleep Foundation reports that “a short nap of 20-30 minutes can help improve mood, alertness and performance."

Thank ‘em

Studies show that being thankful can benefit you emotionally, physically and mentally.  According to a 2012 study in Personality and Individual Differences, “grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and report feeling healthier than other people.”  And “grateful people are more likely to take care of their health.”   It’s so easy to do – two words – Thank You.  Say ‘em to yourself, say ‘em to your friends and family, say ‘em to a stranger.  Be thankful.

This Father’s Day, make plans to take care of yourself so you can take care of others.