Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Ways to Find Your ‘Kenergy’ for a Happier, Healthier Life

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Director Greta Gerwig’s ‘Barbie’ movie has generated extensive discussions, applauding its strong performances and positive messages for both women and men. Much like Ryan Gosling’s portrayal of Ken in the movie, experts have emphasised the importance of discovering your ‘kenergy’ for a happier and healthier life. The term ‘kenergy’ signifies the confidence, vitality and self-assurance that Ken embodies in the film. There are numerous ways to tap into your ‘kenergy,’ ranging from regular doctor checkups and improved sleep quality to adopting a healthier diet and nurturing your self-belief.

According to health professionals, discovering your inner ‘kenergy’ can lead to healthy habits across various facets of your life. Here are some ways to achieve this.

Going for regular check-ups with your doctor

When was the last time you went for a check-up? Many men underestimate their health status, making regular check-ups vital for early detection and prevention. Scheduling annual check-ups with reminders is crucial to break cultural norms and prioritise your own well being.

Prioritise good sleep

Research shows that many adults suffer from inadequate sleep, with one in five men experiencing insomnia. To enhance your sleep quality, it’s crucial to establish a consistent sleep schedule. Start by reducing your screen time before bedtime, managing your daily stressors and avoiding caffeine post 4pm. A few mindfulness practices like deep breathing and other relaxation methods can alleviate nighttime worries. Additionally, creating a tranquil sleep environment can contribute to better sleep. Prioritising your sleep improves your overall physical health, emotional well being.

Eat nourishing food and have an overall healthier diet

Did you know that women tend to report healthier eating habits than men? Maintaining a healthy diet is crucial for your overall well being. Unhealthy dietary choices like consuming excessive processed foods and sugars, can lead to weight gain and cardiovascular issues. Making gradual, sustainable changes in your diet can be effective and beneficial in the long run. Try replacing sugary, processed foods with whole alternatives, choosing lean protein sources, reducing your soda intake and adding fruits and vegetables to every meal. A balanced diet rich in diverse nutrients will support your overall health.

Look after your skin

Taking care of your skin, like Ken, is essential for good skin health and should not be a source of embarrassment. A simple skincare routine, including cleansing, moisturising and using SPF can help you maintain clear and healthy skin, preventing issues like dryness, acne, and skin cancer. Don’t hesitate to incorporate products like serums to address specific concerns, as good skincare is crucial for skin health and preventing premature ageing.

Avoid news overdose

Consuming news is a valuable way to stay informed, but in today’s day and age, news often features distressing stories that can leave you feeling disheartened. While you can’t entirely avoid such stories, it’s advisable to limit your exposure to distressing news, particularly during challenging periods, to maintain a more balanced perspective and focus on the positive aspects of the world around you.

Exercise regularly

If you often feel fatigued and struggle with everyday tasks, consider incorporating at least 150 minutes of physical activity into your weekly routine.  Contrary to common belief, exercise can increase your energy levels by reducing stress, building your muscle strength, enhancing your endurance and improving your overall physical efficiency. It’s time to work those biceps just like Ken!

Pay attention to your mental health

Many men struggle to address their mental health due to societal gender norms that discourage emotional expression. Prioritising your mental well being involves basic self-care of eating a healthy diet, exercising, sleeping enough and well and most importantly work-life balance. On top of that, engaging in activities and hobbies that rejuvenate you and bring joy to your life can improve mental health. If your mental health is suffering, consider seeking support and taking steps to feel better.

Keep company with good people.

Spend more time with positive, like-minded people who boost your energy and uplift you. Be selective when letting people into your life and set boundaries with those who drain your energy with negativity and poor choices.

Believe in yourself

To develop a strong sense of self-belief, it’s essential to take a page from Ken’s book. Ken is a character known for not taking himself too seriously while being confident and secure. Here are some key steps to follow to believe in yourself

  • Monitor your thoughts:Start by paying close attention to your thoughts. If you catch yourself putting yourself down, it’s time for a mindset shift. The goal is not arrogance but rather fostering a positive self-image.
  • Positive self-talk: Cultivate a habit of talking to yourself and about yourself positively.
  • Evaluate your social circle: The people you surround yourself with can significantly impact your self-belief. Choose to surround yourself with supportive and uplifting people who allow you to be your best self.

In summary, emulating Ken’s confidence and self-assuredness involves monitoring your thoughts; practising positive self-talk and carefully choosing the company you keep.

Kenergy is about knowing you are Kenough

Vinita Alvares Fernandes
Vinita Alvares Fernandes is an Economics graduate, a writer and a Trinity College certified public speaker and communicator

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