4 Ways Men Can Improve Their Mental Health
Updated: Jun 30, 2019
For my first blog post, I've decided to start with a topic that is especially close to my heart - male mental health. Let's start with 4 ways men can improve their mental health!
Firstly, hello! I'm Pete, a Scunthorpe based Integrative Counsellor with over 14 years experience. I'm passionate about mental health and it's my aim to make counselling affordable and accessible to all in need.
I'll be using this blog to share stories, events, tips and general information on all things mental health.
Did you know that men are three times more likely to commit suicide than women? Or that suicide is the most common cause of death for men aged 20-49 in England and Wales? - mentalhealth.org.uk
These statistics are incredibly alarming. Fortunately efforts are being made to change these statistics, but there is still so much more to be done.
We need to reduce the stigma and ensure men are taking care of their mental health. We need to ensure they have access to and are encouraged to use support networks.
1. Nip It In The Bud
Don't let a problem fester and become more than it needs to be, seek help as soon as you can. It's okay to ask for help. Seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness.
If you're feeling down or something is bothering you, talk to a mate or a family member or book a counselling session. If you don't want to talk about how you feel straight away, that's okay. Write your feelings down in the moment and address them when you feel ready.
Exercising is a great way to release the happy chemicals in your body. Whether it's taking your dog for a walk, going to the gym or joining Sport & Talk - get out there and get moving!
Sport & Talk promotes positive mental health through a united love for football. Come along for a social kick about, I will always be available for a chat after too.
Every Saturday 1pm at The Pods, Scunthorpe | £3.50 a session
3. Self Care
Take time to look after yourself, you matter. Simple things can make such a difference.
Eat healthy nutritious meals and drink plenty of water.
Avoid drugs, cigarettes and alcohol.
Make sure you're having enough sleep.
4. Give Your Time To Others
As mentioned above, self care is very important, but taking time to help others can also be really beneficial! Whether you're volunteering or simply helping a friend - It can boost your self esteem and make you feel great for making a difference!
Make changes today.
Make your mental health as much of a priority as your physical health. Forming new habits is easier when you're feeling strong, so don't wait until you are in a crisis. Pick something from the blog which resonates with you and implement it in your life.