Let’s Talk Men’s Health. The Month, Not the Magazine.June marks the beginning of Men’s Health Month – a time of year dedicated to raising awareness around men’s health care and to encourage healthy habits that promote physical and mental well-being.
Be Kind to Your Body
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Men And Mental Health
Not everyone who suffers from depression or an anxiety disorder wears it on their face like Eeyore. This is especially true for men.
Men deal with societal pressures and stereotypes detrimental to their mental health. Expectations surrounding traditional gender roles, socioeconomic pressure, or even sexual performance can lead feelings of inadequacy and worthlessness. For others, trauma like a difficult home life or a history of substance abuse can be triggers. Fear of embarrassment and overwhelming expectations are often the reason why men are significantly less likely to discuss these issues than their female counterparts. These fears are often exacerbated when men feel the need to bottle up these emotions to avoid being labeled as soft. Or being told to Suck it up! Be a man! Ultimately, men should own and address these vulnerabilities. Put aside toxic pride; be honest with yourself and those closest to you. It’s important to be vocal about these issues and speak to someone, whether it is family, friends, or a professional. This shows other men that it’s not only ok, but normal. In recent years, celebrities and professional athletes have become more outspoken about their own struggles with mental illness. We look at these groups like superheroes, so it’s comforting to understand that they struggle and find help, too. NBA champion Kevin Love shared a vulnerable story with The Players’ Tribune about a panic attack he suffered in the middle of a game. “If you’re suffering silently like I was, then you know how it can feel like nobody really gets it. Partly, I want to do it for me, but mostly, I want to do it because people don’t talk about mental health enough. And men and boys are probably the farthest behind.” Love said Fellow NBA peer and San Antonio Spurs star, DeMar DeRozen, has also been vocal about his own issues with depression. “Even if it’s just somebody can look at it like, ‘He goes through it and he’s still out there being successful and I’m doing this.’ I’m OK with that.” These athletes put their biggest insecurities on display to show that anxiety and depression can come in all forms, no matter your level of success. If you don’t know what it’s like, then you don’t know what it’s like. So before judging, listen and learn from those brave enough to speak up about what they are dealing with. If you’re struggling with similar feelings, you’re not alone. People are willing to listen and help. Seek them out.
4 Ways Men Can Take Control Of Their Health TodayTalk to someone - This can come in the form of family, friends, or a professional - like a physician or a therapist Invest In Your Health - Purchase a fitness tracker or download an intuitive app that will help you get educated and motivated around your health and fitness. Exercise - Break a sweat. It's good for your body and your mind.
Be Honest - Everyone is going through something. You're not alone. So, speak up.