Dad’s face unique challenges because they have a lot riding on their shoulders. They are the provider, protector, handyman, and much more. Busy dads can struggle with getting a good night sleep, dealing with stress of work and family and finding time to stay physically fit.
A good night’s sleep is more important than you might think. Not only does it give you a time away from the worries and demands of the day but it also transitions your body from sympathetic dominance to parasympathetic dominance. That means that your body is actually able to heal and reset. If sleep doesn’t happen or is interrupted then your body and mind are not able to refresh and heal. Carrying yesterdays burdens to today is never a good idea and will cause damage to your brain and body. Adults need at least 8 hours of sleep to accomplish what your body needs to accomplish before starting a new day.
Dealing with the stress of work and family can be taxing on your health and well-being. A certain kind and amount of stress is good for you. Eustress is the motivational form of stress that gives you the drive to move to the next level, to overcome fears, and to obtain the things in life that you work for. Distress is the negative or damaging form of stress that goes beyond motivating and instead becomes limiting. When your stress causes more fear and/or anxiety than motivation then it’s become unhealthy and needs to be adjusted. If your stress level has become unhealthy it is important that you talk to your physician and find out the options available to transition out of the rut.
Staying physically fit gets more difficult as we get older because of time restraints, work demands and family obligations, however it also gets more important as we age. Our sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits are the overwhelming reasons why we are suffering such devastated diseases that in past generations were almost unheard of. Adults need a minimum of 1 hour 3 times a week of physical activity. That physical activity doesn’t have to be boring or extremely difficult. A brisk walk with the family, a bike ride, an hour at the pool, racquetball, basketball or any other fun activity will suffice.
Make sure that you take time for your health now, while you still can. Once you lose health, it’s much more difficult to get back!