Dads Need Self Care Too!

Self-care, the intentional practice of taking care of your own well-being, is often associated with women, most especially mothers. In fact, most ads for self-care found in magazines, television, and social media are almost entirely marketed to women. But what about men? Their needs are just as important.  In fact, according to research, men are more likely to be remiss in taking care of the physical and mental health needs; such as missing annual physicals, not getting regular teeth-cleanings, delaying medical attention when ill, and not using EAP services in the workplace.

In our organization, the fathers we support are significantly affected by their experiences with AFE and may be more at risk for falling behind in taking care of themselves. In many cases, they have witnessed the traumatic medical crisis firsthand and are immediately thrust into having to make very difficult and important decisions for their family and loved ones; leaving little time for them to address their own emotions or health needs.

Whether our dads have lost a spouse/partner, child(ren), or both, lost an adult daughter or grandchild(ren), or were faced with near loss(es), the experience can produce significant short-term and long-term emotional health issues, including post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). While treatments for PTSD vary, the Mayo Clinic, states, “most people who go through traumatic events may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping, but with time and good self-care, they usually get better.”

Our dads need and deserve some serious encouragement and motivation to help them take care of themselves. We have all heard time and again, we must put on our own oxygen masks before putting them on others.

Here are our 10 easy ways dads can take better care of themselves and links to more about that subject. And, because we love our dads so much, we threw in a bonus suggestion.

  1. Take all allotted breaks at work and arrive and leave at your scheduled time   
  2. Get more sleep
  3. Get outside
  4. Schedule a haircut/grooming
  5. Exercise
  6. Meditate
  7. Eat healthy and drink more water
  8. Read
  9. Catch up with a friend
  10. Volunteer

*BONUS (said in our best mom voice) Schedule your physical and dental cleaning today!