Living With Purpose

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By Team Trilogy |

Men’s health is more than just physical exercise and a nutritious diet. In honor of Men’s Health Week and the upcoming Father’s Day holiday, we would like to share some important health tips to help all men better deal with the stress in their lives.

Protect the Health of Your Mind and Body
Mental and physical health are often linked for better or for worse. Prolonged stress or depression can create problems such as headaches or sleep deprivation, and even make some conditions worse, like cardiovascular disease or high blood pressure. Not only does exercise and a healthy diet make a great defense of one’s mental state, they can even be a solution when you are feeling down or anxious. Physical activity can give you more energy and make your brain work better. For an extra boost, load up on your leafy green vegetables and omega-three fatty acids from cold-water fish, nuts, and various oils to keep your mind in its best shape.

Another way to handle stress is to learn new ways to let go. Whenever you’re feeling irritated, angry, or worried, it is important to realize that you are the only one who is in control of how you feel. Take a few deep breaths and ask yourself if your emotions are helping or hurting you in the present. Try to make the conscious decision not to waste time and energy on negative thought patterns about yourself or others. If you do get angry with someone, make a point of forgiving them. We never know what another person’s personal life may be like and often their attitude is not a reflection of us.

Meditation can also be a useful tool for letting go, but if the idea or practice seems overwhelming, start with the concept of mindfulness. Learn to relax and be aware of the people around you, the greenness of the trees outside, and all the things in your life that you have to be thankful for. Find things to enjoy every day, even if they are simple. The present is a never-ending gift to treasure.

Ask for Help
Everyone needs help to maintain their health from time to time and there is nothing wrong with asking for it, even if it is just someone to talk to. Nobody benefits if you suffer in silence, which also includes avoiding a visit to a healthcare provider when you are feeling poorly. If you have been suffering from symptoms of anxiety, depression, or another illness for an extended period of time and are unable to enjoy life or maintain relationships, it is important to consider consulting a professional.

Have People You Can Depend On
The ups and downs of everyday life can affect anyone, and even a small change in your outlook can alter the way you feel long-term. For men of any age, a strong support network of family, friends, or social groups can have a positive impact on one’s health. When you have many responsibilities or are worrying about something, it can often make you feel better to be able to tell someone else about it, and sometimes another person may even be able to help you with your problems.

That’s why we’re here.

At Trilogy campuses, our residents find friendship around every corner. Whether it’s realizing a new neighbor also worked on the railroad or finding out that they both like the same sports team, there’s always something our residents find to bond over. Because we know the importance of socialization, we have many opportunities for residents to get together and form friendships. Our Just the Guys program is great for men who want to get together and have a great time, whether they are playing poker, going out to breakfast, catching a ballgame or sitting back with a fishing pole while they share stories from the past.

At Trilogy, our goal is to offer the same great care for fathers as they’ve shown their children all their lives. Happy Father’s Day to all of the amazing dads at our campuses and in our communities!

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