Men’s Mental Health: A Silent Struggle
By: Kirsti Randazzo
When it comes to mental health issues, there is a clear divide between genders.
From early childhood, men are told that they should not be too emotional, or they will be viewed as weak.
Men need to break the stigma around being vulnerable so they can support each other in times of need. Asking your friend if they are ok when you recognize signs of sadness, loneliness, and anxiety could help them to feel comfortable and talk about their problems.
Warning signs for mental health issues can range from weight loss or gain, angry outbursts, and addiction, to name a few.
Luckily, resources to support men are making huge leaps, thanks to technology.
Men can book appointments online, through apps, or do a combo of going to an office and doing virtual visits.
It is much easier to find help now than it ever has been before.
Make sure to read to the end for resources in your area! There are chat lines, text lines, and a phone line too.
If you are not ready to seek external help, there are things you can do to check in with yourself.
- If you are having muscle tension, headaches, or are feeling more tired than usual try to make the connection with your current pressures.
- Write down reasons for your stress in separate categories: those with a solution, those that need time to get better, and those you cannot do anything about.
- Try to come to terms that you cannot do much about the second and third column and remind yourself that this too shall pass. Next, start thinking of what you can do to drop your stressors in column one. Planning can do wonders for your mental state.
- Spend time thinking about what is going on in your life. If you are taking on too much, start thinking about handing things on to someone else.
- Make sure you are getting rest and relaxation, starting your day with exercise, and then working until it is time for bed can be too stressful.
- Checking in, reprioritizing your lifestyle, focusing on your most important goals, and lightening your load a bit can help to release some of the pressures you are feeling.
- Exercise is crucial to being healthy not only physically but also mentally, but it is important to take proper time to rest your body too.
- Make sure you are eating healthily and drinking enough water – food affects our moods, and it is important to pay attention to what you put in your body. Be aware of your alcohol, consumption, and smoking.
- Make sure you are getting enough sleep every night. If you are having trouble sleeping seek out methods to help that are not habit forming.
There are several apps or meditation videos to try out.
Men’s health is important, and it is time to stop suffering in silence.
Make sure to keep things in perspective and remember that everyone has bad days. Seeking help does not make you weak. Everyone needs a little help sometimes.
Check out the amazing support you can access below.