Taking charge of your health is always important but for Men’s Health Week we’ve identified some handy tips to keep you physically and mentally well.
- Know your family history – even though you can’t change your genetic makeup, knowing your family’s health history can help to reduce you chance of developing health problems.
- Talk to your GP – find a good GP who you can trust and regularly check in to make sure you’re healthy. A yearly physical check is a good idea and helps you stay on top of things like your blood pressure or cholesterol.
- Get good sleep – maintaining good sleeping habits helps to protect your mental and physical health as well as your quality of life.
- Talk to your mates – regularly checking in with your friends helps to keep things in perspective and friendship is a crucial part of your overall wellbeing.
- Regular exercise – keeping physically fit not only boosts your mood but it also helps to reduce the risk of developing some cancers including; colon, breast and lung cancer.
- Know your body – if you notice any unusual signs or symptoms that are persistent, get them checked out.
- Take a break – give yourself permission to switch off and do something just for you. Whether that’s playing sport or watching it, catching up with mates or listening to a podcast, it’s good to make time for the things that interest you.
- Eat well – good nutrition has a huge impact on your health. A varied and healthy diet full of nutrients is key.
- Get tested – Australia has a National Bowel Cancer Screening Program for all people over 50 but you should also get regular skin checks and be screened for prostate cancer. Early detection saves lives. Speak to your GP for more information.
- Wear plenty of sun screen and don’t smoke. Skin cancer, melanoma and lung cancer are largely preventable diseases – taking action will reduce your risk.
At Chris O’Brien Lifehouse we offer evidence-based complementary therapies that can improve your physical and mental health. Activities like yoga and exercise are great for reducing stress and improving mood and sleep. Acupuncture, mindfulness and massage can help control pain or assist you to cope with feelings of depression and anxiety. Our dietitians can advise on the best approach to good nutritional health. Visit the Lifehouse LivingRoom for information on regular classes or 1-on-1 consultations.
Men’s health is something that often goes unspoken about. This week we encourage everyone in our Lifehouse community to proactively discuss the importance of men’s health and implement some of our top tips.