5 ways to improve your well-being by participating in the “Can Do” challenge
From heart disease and type 2 diabetes to depression and suicide, research has shown that men can be at a significantly higher risk of many serious health problems than women. However, it is believed that they are much less likely to see a doctor, or even recognize the signs of illness.
From June 14-21, the wellness world turns its attention to Men’s Health Week, to raise awareness of the health challenges facing men everywhere.
Forum materials for Men’s Health Week June 14-21 are now online and available for free download. Check #CANDOchallenge and join our campaign for a #strategy Looking forward to a great #menshealthweek https://t.co/lVK0aUrFIC pic.twitter.com/7eQUl3SbIT
– Men’s Health Forum (@MensHealthForum) May 20, 2021
This year’s theme focuses on the ‘Can Do’ challenge, which asks men to take part in a different self-care effort every day, for five days, all of which are scientifically proven to help us feel better. .
Want to get involved? Here are the five ways the Men’s Health Forum, the charity behind Awareness Week, says we can effectively improve our health and well-being during the work week …
1. Log in on Monday
There’s a reason hanging out with your friends in a sunny pub garden is fun. Studies have shown that having social connections with others can help fight problems like anxiety and depression, as well as increase self-esteem and empathy.
Humans are inherently social creatures, and after more than a year of confinement, staying connected in an increasingly isolated world has arguably never been more important.
2. Be active on Tuesday
Walking to get tacos is always exercise
– Cory ‘Tomo’ Mason (@TheBestTomo) June 8, 2021
There are so many ways for busy people to make physical activity part of their lives, and you don’t have to lift an intimidating barbell in the gym to reap the rewards.
Walking is perhaps the easiest and cheapest way to increase your activity levels and a simple trick to increase your step count is to walk to the store next time, instead of jumping in. car.
3. Notice on Wednesday
The last time you went for a walk, did you really stop to engage with your surroundings? Or were you browsing social media, replying to a WhatsApp message, and listening to a podcast?
Putting your phone away and really taking a moment to notice the sights, sounds, and experiences around you can have major benefits for your well-being.
Known as a type of mindfulness on the move, it’s all about slowing down, disconnecting from the digital world, and clearing your mind.
4. To discover on Thursday
If your evenings usually revolve around Netflix and opening a cold beer, why not mix things up with a new hobby on Thursday night?
Whether it’s painting, creative writing, or gardening, immersing yourself in a new hobby can be very good for your mental health and reduce stress.
5. Offer on Friday
It’s a good day for a random act of kindness.
Let’s do this. ❤️
– Jennifer McCormick (@suptdrmccormick) June 10, 2021
Doing things for others may seem altruistic at the time, but it actually has a beneficial effect on the development of our own well-being.
According to the Mental Health Foundation, acts of kindness – like volunteering for a local community group, mentoring someone at work, or just stopping by a neighbor – can reduce stress and improve mood and esteem. self.
Good deeds don’t have to be time consuming or cost money, but sharing a little kindness and compassion can end your week on the right foot. If you’re stuck for ideas, the charity even has a “Random Acts of Kindness Generator” on their website, which can inspire you to do some very effective good deeds.