When men focus on their physical and mental health needs it also has a positive impact on their families. It takes strength to tend to your health, so inspiration from others is always helpful.
That’s why some of the male staff at HopeWay, Charlotte’s nonprofit mental health center, shared their healthy habits in a recent edition of HopeWay Matters monthly newsletter.
Here are some ideas for how to invest in your own well-being.
“I recently passed the test to become a certified bee keeper, so right now I am spending a chunk of my free time feeding and observing my collection of hives. I also like to hike to waterfalls. The most recent site I visited with my son was Ruby Falls, a 100 foot waterfall in a cave in Tennessee.”
Alan Bozman, PhD, Director of Clinical Services
“Self care is extremely important and can often be put on the back burner with all of the responsibilities that life brings. For me, I like to exercise, watch and play sports, play with my son and daughter, and watch true crime shows on TV. I also read every night before bed to help switch my brain off from the stressors of real life.”
Andrew Harris, MS, LPC, Primary Therapist
“Making people happy brings me balance. I want people to be part of a community - to share their experiences and stories of what it means to them to be happy. That's how Capture Happy, my photography business, came about. It allows me do something different and be part of a creative conversation.” Michael Hernandez, Digital Media Contractor
“My wife and I are always taking care of the house and maintaining our yard. But, we love to relax in our "man cave"! Some of our favorite games we play include pool or darts.”
Ross Hicks, Facilities Maintenance Manager
“One thing that really brings me joy is exercise. I work out every morning before work. It gives me stability and keeps me grounded. When exercising, I like to feel good about what I'm wearing. So one other thing I really enjoy is my collection of sneakers. Nike Air Max is a particular favorite of mine.
Milton Jones, MBA, Wellness Clinic Specialist
“You can often catch me reading a book or magazine, playing guitar, or taking my dog for a long walk. Regular exercise is crucial for me to feel organized and productive, so I try to run, practice yoga, or lift weights most days. On weekends I'm almost certain to be acting as the "funcle" (fun uncle) for my young nieces and nephews.”
Dan Oliver, MA, LPC, Admissions Specialist