Bruce discusses this week the importance of exercise, paired with good nutrition as a key factor in maintaining mental wellbeing. It’s a new year and a good time to think about goal setting for mental wellness.
When we exercise, blood flows and nerve connections increase to our brain, and our brain stimulates positive chemicals like endorphins and serotonin. So this year make a decision to put in place your own Dads Wellbeing Plan to help you be the best dad you can be, reduce possible depression or anxiety symptoms, improve your mood, and bring clarity of thought and attention to your children, family and work.
One goal you could is to ride in our 3-day event –The Big Push from Sydney to Canberra to raise funds for special fathers- in–need programs launching across Australia. Learn more about this fantastic event, train with a mate, build your wellbeing through cycling and ride with a great group of fathers who all have one thing in common – children. Read more: https://thefatheringproject.org/event/the-big-push-charity-ride-2020
Maintain your motivation!
Being motivated to exercise regularly and form a good life habit can be hard to get started. But once you get the habit, it will start feeling strange not to exercise. Some ways to be motivated:
1. Exercise with a Friend
2. Be active in a group fitness environment
3. Exercise at the same time every day if possible
4. Set mini-goals to keep on track and reward yourself weekly
5. Keep a wellbeing diary and write in it what you have done each week
To register your individual or team place in the Big Push, visit Big Push 2021
If you feel you need more information or links to support for you and your family, you can find this in our new At Home section of The Fathering Project website thefatheringproject.org/at-home
If you or your children are struggling:
- Kids can call Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800 or Youth Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636 or you can contact your child’s GP.
- If you are struggling, call Lifeline on 131 114, or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636