November 19th marks International Men’s Day, a time set aside to focus on the health concerns affecting men around the UK, from stress through to mental health and general well being.
To raise awareness for this topic, we’ve put together a health guide for our readers, with all information sourced from Men’s Health Sites.
Just over 1 in 8 men in the UK have experienced or are currently experiencing a mental health problem, whilst of all suicides recorded in 2018, 75% were male.
With men’s mental health usually stigmatised and swept under the carpet, it is definitely a topic worth exploring, especially during a week dedicated to looking into male well being.
So, why is men’s mental health such a taboo?
In a society where men are usually depicted as strong, supportive and ‘macho’, it can be difficult for a man to open up to the possibility that he might be struggling, with mental health referral rates being low for males at around 35%.
Other societal pressures such as the expectation of the man being the head of the family and the reluctance of other male friends to also share their thoughts can have a detrimental affect as well.
So, what can men do to help themselves?
-reach out. Start by talking to a close family member, partner or friend in order to get the conversation going. From there it’s a call to your GP to start the process.
-look after yourself. Simple tips such as daily exercise, healthy eating and calming apps can all be brilliant for resting your mind.
-relax. Recognise that you can relax and take steps to calm your body and mind each day.
-do what makes you happy, opt for social events that boost your mood and ease your mind.
Take a look at more resources here.
Due to the manner in which our bodies store fat, men are much more likely to store fat around their stomachs, an occurrence which can lead to a multitude of health problems.
Excess fat can not only be tiring, it can also carry the risk of type two diabetes, stroke, cancer, depression and sleep apnea.
It’s super important to keep your body healthy and fit, for both your mental well being and your physical health.
Take a look at our tips here:
-daily exercise. Even if it’s just walking in the park, aiming for 10,000 steps each day be amazing for upping your cardio, boosting your mood and shedding some pounds.
-Head to the gym. A supportive environment within the gym can not only be great for fostering friendships it can also help to boost confidence and improve health along the way.
-eat the rainbow. Opt for focusing on a variety of colourful fruits and vegetables and cook from home when you can to avoid processed ingredients. Lean proteins and whole grains can also be brilliant.
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Did you know that men are twice as likely to die of COVID_19? Yes, you read that right.
Studies and statistics are now showing that men are twice as likely to die of COVID_19 than women, an astounding difference. Take a look at our tips here for keeping safe during the pandemic:
-wash your hands. In a study into public restroom behaviour, it was revealed that over 95% of women wash their hands whilst only around 35% of men do. Washing your hands is one of the best things you can do to curtail the spread, so opt for doing so for 30 seconds before drying with a clean, dry cloth.
-Ensure social distancing. Keeping up to 2 metres away from people can be one of the best ways to stop the spread of the virus.
-Only go out if necessary. A great tip for ensuring that you are not exposed to the virus is to keep your outings to a minimal, exercising where possible in public parks and ensuring social distance between yourself and others.
Take a look at more guidance here.
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