Looking after your physical health and recognising the signs you need rest is crucial in being the best dad you can be.
Being a dad can be tough on our bodies. Losing sleep, playing with kids, all whilst maintaining our regular commitments such as work and finding time to exercise, can take its toll. That is why it is vital that dads prioritise their own recovery from stress, and that you don’t ignore the signs that your body is beginning to feel the effects.
Without adequate recovery, we lose much of the functionality of our immune system, putting ourselves at a greater risk of developing long-term illness and disease. In addition, our cognitive function and ability to learn and absorb information declines, along with our physical performance.
Staying on top of your recovery and building physical awareness and honestly is vital in ensuring that you are always ready to be the best father you can be. Prioritise your own recovery to make sure you can be there for your children.
- Be aware of your own body. Listen to your body. Notice how much rest and recovery you are getting. Pay attention to your body and its signs – neglect can lead to injury.
- Don’t neglect going to the Doctor. Get to the GP for regular check-ups. Make sure you are on top of all the signs your body may be sending you.
- Maintain a balanced and healthy diet. Include fruits and vegetables in your diet and try to limit saturated fats and sugars.
- Sleep is our best source of recovery. Sufficient sleep boosts our immunity, muscular recovery, and cognitive function. Make sure to rest adequately after restless sleep