The most important thing about being a good Support Worker is looking after you. Not just your physical health but your mental and social health as well. As Support Workers, we spend a lot of our time and energy thinking about and caring for those who need it most, however, we forget the most important person in this equation – you! The following are our top tips for looking after a healthier you.[read more=”Read More” less=”Read Less”]
This doesn’t have to mean joining a gym, this is doing something you love and enjoying the physical benefits – social tennis, touch rugby, a bike ride, a swim or parking further away from the office and walking to work. Exercise should be fun and enjoyable, not a chore. In and around Albany it is easy to find ways to improve your fitness with plenty of enjoyable walking and riding trails. Did you know HBF run free fitness CLAsses at Eyre Park on Wednesdays 5.30-6.30pm and Saturdays 7.30 – 8.30am for their members? Joining sporting clubs is not only great for your physical health it will also benefit your social health as well.
Get Social – It’s Good for your Health
There are many groups and social clubs in and around Albany. Staying connected to friends outside of the work environment is very important. Being able to talk to friends or debrief with colleagues socially, can be equally as important as your physical health. It’s the little things that contribute to our social health – spending time with family, our children, grandchildren, friends or our animals. Having hobbies we enjoy regularly, is also beneficial for our social health.
We hear it often but how much attention do we pay to what we’re eating? Starting the day with a good breakfast gets your metabolism going for the day, packing your own lunch is always beneficial but if you’re eating on the go, our local cafes all offer good alternatives to fast food. A variety of foods, fresh vegetables, fruit and of course plenty of water to transport the nutrients around our bodies, and to flush out the waste we don’t need, promotes a healthy mind and body. Avoid cans of soda as they have up to 12 teaspoons of sugar per can – imagine that for just a second! Limiting your alcohol intake is also going to improve both your physical and mental health. If you have a couple of beers after work, why not make it every other day? Even a few dry days will make a difference and have positive benefits.
Staying mentally healthy these days with the stressors of life is difficult but help is readily available. All the tips mentioned contribute to a healthier mind but if you find you need more help, here at the Men’s Resource Centre we’re always happy to have a chat and get you pointed in the right direction, if it all gets a little too much.
Our best advice to you guys out there is to have regular health checks with your G.P. Catching health issues early is key and let’s not forget, whilst we are eating healthier, exercising regularly and taking care of our mental and social health we’re also modelling good behaviours for those we care for!
By Grant Westthorp – CEO Albany Men’s Resource Centre
Men’s Resource Centre Office Hours
Monday – Thursday 9.30am – 4pm