Dad-proof tip: Look after your wellbeing this festive season

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There has been a lot of talk lately about the term ‘Wellbeing’, especially post-COVID when our wellbeing was challenged in ways we may not have experienced before.  

Wellbeing is the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy. 

It’s a combination of a person’s physical, mental, emotional and social health factors – it is a mixture of feeling good and functioning well; the experience of positive emotions such as happiness and contentment and  having a sense of purpose and experiencing positive relationships. 

While focusing on a healthy lifestyle by exercising and eating right is great for your body, balanced living means protecting your mental and emotional health too. 

As we come into the festive season and look towards 2023, it’s a good time to remember to think about how you prioritise your own wellbeing. It can be a challenging time of the year, therefore it’s important to look after yourself, so you can show up as the best dad possible for your kids.

 Top Tips for general wellbeing

  • Planning and structure are key. Schedule in time for the different areas of your life to maintain balance. Plan for exercise, family time, relaxation and social time as well as work. 
  • Spend time with your loved ones. Make time to nurture and grow your relationships with your kids, your partner, your family and friends.  
  • Make time to eat right. The right diet will keep your body healthy, give you energy, and boost your spirits. 
  • Keep fit. Going for a walk, following an exercise video or just running up and down the stairs. Anything to get the endorphins and adrenaline going helps  your overall wellbeing. 
  • Keep connected. Being at home with family is great, but also stay connected with friends and extended family. 
  • Find time for yourself. Take time to have a bit of time out for yourself. 
  • Identify the positives in your life. Whilst you cannot control the circumstances, you can control how you react to them. Try to focus on the positives and reflect this attitude to your kids and partner. 

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