Men’s Self-Worth | Men’s Health Month | June 2018

self-worth

Rethink Your ​Self-Worth

​Is your self-worth needing some upgrading? Have you been down and not feeling your greatest?

Self-worth is a tricky thing. Some would say either you have it or you don't.

I know in certain situations I am very confident, and in others, no so. Do you find yourself dealing with this as well?

If I am confident in some situations and not others, would that mean I am struggling with low self-worth? Or, does it just mean I need to gain confidence in the situations where I don't feel so confident?

I know as men we are very hard on ourselves. We leave very little room for compassion and understanding; however, I think there are times where we need to be honest with ourselves and do what needs to be done in order to be more confident.

​When it comes to your health and well-being, how are you doing? Is your health a priority? Are you lacking the skills, knowledge, and desire to making your health just as important as your career?

Often times men will put in more effort into their jobs than they will into their own health and well-being. What good is it to make it to the office on time when you might not be alive by time you get there?

What is keeping men from making their health a priority?​

Let's take a deeper look into this.

1. Being healthy takes time and work

We busy ourselves with so many commitments that it is very difficult to image adding another thing to the ever growing to-do list.

Have a look at your commitments. Which one's are more important than your health? Which one's would improve if your health was better?

2. So many diets, so many choices!

​The truth is there are a lot of different diets out there. Some are great and some are just a fad. How can you know which one is right for YOU? The truth is it can be difficult to determine which one is right for you.

What I can tell you is this. You can never go wrong in eliminating sugar from your diet. This is not saying to eliminate all sugar, but know this, sugar is addictive and it can be very difficult to stop consuming.

Start off small. I once had a client who was drinking soda two to three times a day, if not more on occasion. I had him keep a soda journal. After he did this he realized he was drinking a lot of sugar over a weeks time.

He eventually realized sugar was his main enemy that was keeping him from losing weight, specifically belly fat.

​Begin by taking an exam of how much sugar you consume and start here. Then move onto a more detailed exam of the foods you generally eat. As humans we like consistency, so it is likely you are consuming the same foods every week. Keep a food journal for a week and notice what foods are healthy and which are not.

3. Very little support

​It is difficult to maintain any healthy habit over a long period of time without support and accountability.

​You are bombarded with unhealthy food options on a daily basis. Your environment plays a huge role in your health. If you live around a lot of fast-food restaurants, you will be more inclined to eat fast-food than if you lived in an area with less unhealthy food options.

​With support, you can accomplish anything. However, often times men are reluctant to get the help they need, especially when it comes to their health and well-being.

I think it is more manly to get help before any issues that may cause you to large amounts of money on something that could have been prevented.

So what is more manly? Being able to use your money for family and fun things, or to pay for medication and doctor visits?

I would much rather have my money going towards healthy, fun, and exciting adventures, than to medications and having a broken unhealthy body.

What do you think?

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