Fathers, taking care of yourself makes you better at everything else. Sounds crazy and a little selfish right?

You’re probably saying to yourself, “No, I put my kids and spouse first.”

Now you’re telling me to, “Focus on myself?”.

I don’t mean that you should be self-centered. I simply mean that in order to give freely and generously to your children and spouse, you need to take care of yourself.

Here are four essential health tips to not only be a better father but a better you.

GET MOVING

Exercising will help you to slow down, gain perspective, and be a more responsive person. Physical activity and weight training improves your metabolism, strength, and ability to handle challenges. Taking an hour two to three times a week will greatly affect your life with more confidence, more energy, and more positivity.

DESTRESS

A weak vessel holds little. Increase your capacity to be a good husband and an effective father by fortifying your mind and body. Take time to destress. If you’re constantly under pressure, impatient, or agitated, you’re not going to be a very good listener. Your ability to be in the moment will not be very strong. You will be quick to react in the wrong way, and your relationships will suffer.

MEDITATE

Meditating can be done at the same time you destress. Personally, I find the time to meditate in the car on my way to the gym. You can start by playing some good music or listening to your favorite podcast. Find time to be grateful for what you have!

FOOD

The body needs fuel. You are what you eat. Make sure your diet is supporting your ability to deal with the everyday challenges you face. The better the food you eat, the better your capacity for meeting all the needs of an active day. To all my fellow Fathers out there. Keep it up, it’s a tough gig with little praise. Remember to be yourself, but always your better self.