Men’s Health Week: Your daily tip for increased wellbeing – Vitality and Energy

Today we’re sharing tips on how you can enhance your Vitality and Energy.

This is probably one of the easiest areas for us to connect to, and by making some small changes we can see an enormous difference to our energy levels.

Let’s consider, when we’re running through flight safety on a plane we’re told to put on our own oxygen masks before tending to others. We need to understand that if we’re not in a good place ourselves, we’re of very little use to others.

We’ve talked about connecting to our self in other posts this week. Take a moment to reflect on the activities that you need to feel good. Recognise these activities and make a plan that will bring them into your life more regularly.

For men, in particular, it’s important to give ourselves the permission to do things that make us feel good. Exercise being high on that list of activities. How many of us find ourselves saying things like “I used to go to the gym before kids, but I can’t really justify the time now”. It doesn’t have to be the gym, it could be golf, tennis, cycling, running…. We need to remember that physical activity has a huge potential to enhance our wellbeing.

Pace yourself on activities and really consider how much you are committing to. If you are travelling with work or if you are going through an exceptionally busy period then give yourself the time to rest and recover afterwards.

Experiment with different activities and practices that will allow you to turn off. Try putting your phone on flight mode so that you can disconnect from technology for a few hours a day. Take a break from your desk without your phone. Go out for lunch. Introduce the new activities as habits that you feel add value to your wellbeing.

Getting enough sleep is probably the single best thing anyone can do to enhance their wellbeing, performance, and productivity. Most of us have become accustomed to ‘making do’ on a suboptimal amount of sleep. But we really do need around 7-9 hours each night, less than this will have a negative impact on our mental and physical health. So, what can you do? We’ve all heard that the worst thing we can do before going to sleep at night is be on our smartphones, but how many of us heed this warning? Try to manage your worries, if something is playing on your mind then try to manage your worries before going to bed and if you can’t, jot them down and deal with them in the morning. Also, consider what you’re putting into your body before bed. Unsurprisingly, caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol will negatively impact your sleep patterns.

 

You can find out more about Talking Talent’s Wellbeing Programme by contacting Rob Bravo at rob.bravo@talking-talent.com