June 13th-19th 2022
International Men’s Health Week has been celebrated every year since 2002, and focuses on health issues which specifically affect men, and how the disparities seen between men’s and women’s health can be minimised.
Mental and physical health are equally important for achieving overall wellbeing. While discussions surrounding men’s health are becoming more common, there are still societal expectations and gender stereotypes damaging the accessibility of advice and services which may be critical to men’s health.
Sharing your thoughts, feelings, and concerns about your own health, whether this is with family, friends, or medical professionals, is a great step towards normalising conversations about men’s health.
Making changes can be tricky, but during this week, we want to encourage you to take charge of your well-being and make the first step toward prioritising your mental, physical, and emotional health.
Watch out for your mental health
Mental health in particular appears to be a difficult topic for men to tackle. Historically, men have been encouraged to hide their feelings, ‘man-up’, and deal with their emotions themselves without any external support. This can have an extremely detrimental effect on mental well-being and can affect every aspect of life.
It may feel daunting, but most people find that sharing their experiences and problems and getting help and support can make a big difference. Taking the first step to reach out and ask for help, whether it’s from a friend or your GP, can help to change the way you view your situation and may help you feel less overwhelmed.
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It’s time to get moving. Exercise is not only great for physical health but can also help to build a healthier mindset. Regular exercise reduces the risk of developing certain chronic conditions, and it can be a great way to release stress and build self-esteem. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate activity a week, and include a range of cardio and muscle-strengthening activities.
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Take a Break
Taking some time to rest and recuperate can be the key to keeping stress and anxiety at bay. Whether it’s heading out to play golf or simply spending some quality time with your family, taking time away from everyday stressors can do wonders for your mental and physical health.
Focus on nutrients rather than calories and eat a variety of healthy and balanced foods. A healthy diet can significantly reduce your risk of heart disease, type II diabetes, and other chronic conditions. Base your meals on high-fibre and wholegrain foods like wholegrain cereals, wholewheat pasta, wholemeal bread, brown rice, and include pulses (such as lentils and beans), unsalted nuts, and seeds in your diet.
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Get Checked Out
One of the best ways to promote your own good health is to regularly attend wellness checks, regardless of age or health status. Regular health checks are essential to ensure any potential health conditions can be detected early, reduce the likelihood of chronic conditions developing, and optimise your wellbeing in the short and long term.
There are so many external factors which may be affecting your health and wellbeing, and it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Remember to start small and try to make 1 simple change at a time. Small changes can make a big difference to your overall health.
For more information on factors surrounding Men’s Health, check out these great resources:
Men’s health forum: https://www.menshealthforum.org.uk/
Movember UK: https://uk.movember.com/mens-health/general