Well Man Q Mind
The world is a fast-changing environment, the modern man is bombarded with continual stimulation, an overload of information and needs to be switched on for much longer periods. This constant attack on your senses can cause major mental health issues, it is difficult to interpret what is a threat or is it a perception of the situation that is threating. Either way the mind is under pressure which makes it race towards a decision, you become impatient, frustrated, reactive and your inner turmoil becomes your master. Turmoil attracts turmoil, your reaction makes other people react with the end result being shared frustration, negativity and generally poor results.
The Well Man Q Mind is all about creating some Quiet or stillness so that your mind has time to recover and stops spinning like a top toy out of control. Start your day with a positive mantra, some quiet/stillness time and turbo deep breathing. What does that look like?
Mantra – Feed your mind positive thought seeds and they will grow into life changing characteristics. Your mind is a garden, what you put in grows and prospers if attended too, it is your decision whether it is positive. Keep all mantras short and to the point, what is it you really want? In times of pressure verbalise the mantra internally, this gives your mind time to check to see if any outside threats are real and what actions need to be taken. For me, I verbalise my mantra first thing in the morning and last thing at night and during the day if I am feeling under duress. My mantra is “I am healthy, happy, abundant and grateful”, this covers all that I want from life. Make yours relevant to what you want from life, it can change as circumstances change. Feeding in positive thoughts results in harvesting positive life behaviours. There is plenty temptation to swim the other way towards darkness however there is much more fun to be had in the light.
Quiet/Stillness – This should be a habit taught from birth, the mind requires some quiet/stillness to recalibrate and function at full capacity. Today’s pace is fast and getting quicker, global information is on hand 24/7, unless monitored your mind may never get some quiet time. Consciously you have to deal with what is happening in the now to survive, throw in work stress, general situational coping and what is happening externally and you have a full house of thought. Take 5, yes 5 minutes a day to sit quietly, preferably in a park or close to nature, shut down your conscious mind, reboot your senses, close your eyes, what can you hear, what can you smell and what does the ground feel like? Reawakening the senses slows the thought process and gets it back to neutral, you will feel balanced and in harmony. Commit doing this simple habit for the rest of your life, your mind will thank you.
Turbo Deep Breathing – Requires the mind to fully concentrate on the breath, no other thoughts required. I find that this action really oxygenates the blood, quietens the mind and leaves the participant feeling great. Sit up straight, close your eyes and gently place your hands on your belly button. Breathe in through the nose sharply and inflate the belly, hold for a count of 3 and exhale sharply through the nose and deflate the belly. Repeat the action 6 times. It will really get you going in the morning and mid afternoon when your body shouts out for a nap. In times of trouble turbo charge your breathing.
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Disclaimer: The information provided this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It is non clinical; it comes from living and lived experience of the author and the men that he has worked with and beside. Always seek the best advice of your qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read/seen/heard here.
Grant Westthorp Paul Harris Fellow (Author)
Grant Westthorp has for over fourteen years contributed significantly to the health and wellbeing of men in Australia and specifically regional Queensland.
His passion and drive to create meaningful, significant and appropriate resources were developed in response to the real-life questions that men raised during the performance of over 8000 Wellness Checks.
Grant authored, the first Men’s Survival Handbook in 2013 over 24,000 copies have been distributed. In 2018 the Handbook evolved into the free Well Man app. The app contains 40 topics about preventative physical, mental and social wellbeing strategies, information, practical tips and life skills for a better life. Also available is a 18 Day Challenge, 9 Tips for Staying Alive, Daily Journal and Crisis numbers.
Since the 10th August 2021 Grant now works part time for selectability as the Well Man Coordinator and oversees the Well Man App, www.wellman.org.au and the Men's Life Promotion Survival Handbook. Grant's 3 main focuses is to encourage men to download the free selectability Well Man app, join Mates Connect Clubhouse and to roll out the selectability Men’s Life Promotion Survival Handbook for regional Queensland. The purpose of the Handbook is to encourage men in regional Queensland to accept responsibility for their mental, physical and social wellbeing so that they live a longer, healthier and more fulfilling life. Men need to adopt positive wellbeing habits that are solution focused to get the most out of life.