Men’s Health Tips
Ten simple, but highly effective steps, to help restore balance and to apply to your day-to-day by David Bergin, Health Promotion Officer from Perennial’s Wellbeing Partner, Spectrum Life.
For more wellbeing support we offer a Health & Wellbeing app and 24/7 telephone support helpline, provided in partnership with Spectrum Life.
Low mood and feeling down are emotions we can all relate to. Putting things into perspective can help us get through a difficult time.
Volunteering is a great way to find meaning in our life. While many things such as family and work can provide satisfaction and meaning, giving up free time can add to this, boosting your mood and confidence. If you don’t already volunteer some of your time, make this your number 1 resolution!
3) Talk & listen
It’s not ground-breaking research to say men don’t talk about their emotions enough. Thankfully however, this has improved in recent times. As stigma of mental health is beginning to be addressed in society, men are finding it easier to speak about their feelings. If you have a male colleague or friend that you feel is going through a tough time, ask if everything is okay, listen to what they say and then empower them to take action of the situation.
4) Be active
Take stock of how physically active you are. Whether it’s wearable technology, the number of reps you hit in the gym or how many steps it takes you to climb before getting out of breath, find a way to measure how active, or inactive, you are. Set yourself a measurable goal and move. Regular physical activity has been shown to improve mood and help cure mild depression. Starting to move more can have the biggest impact to make positive changes to your health.
How do you cope with daily and weekly stressors? Is it a pack of cigarettes every day or several pints at the weekend? Stress is a normal biological response to difficult situations. How we deal with this stress can determine how harmful it will be to our body. Coping mechanisms like tobacco products and alcohol might seem like the best way to deal with stree but often, they only exacerbate the problems.
6) Slow down
As stress is often unavoidable, we can take steps such as practicing mindfulness, attending a gym class or going for a walk in the outdoors.
7) Eat more veg
Just 3 in 10 males say they eat 5 pieces of fruit and vegetables. Low in calories, high in fibre and packed with essential vitamins and minerals. Increasing our fruit and veg intake is an easily achievable goal to improve health and wellbeing.
8) Breaking norms
Strength, bravery, the breadwinner. These are some of the traits some men feel are necessary to ensure they provide for their family, friends and are performing to the highest standards in work. But sometimes these expectations can be damaging to men, specifically their mental health. Men take longer to report health issues to family and friends and less men will open up about struggling with their mental health. It’s ok to not be ok. If you’re struggling with your mental wellbeing, call your Employee Assistance Programme, available 24/7/365.
9) Look after your heart
Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in men. While taking steps discussed already such as being active and avoiding tobacco will protect your heart, there are additional steps to improve heart health. Reduce your salt intake. Find out your blood pressure. Measure your waist circumference.
10) Be a positive role model
By living a lifestyle as discussed above, you’re well on the way to being a positive role model for the next generation. Take an objective look at your approach to your health. Ask yourself, do you want the next generation to emulate your behaviours? If not, start by leading by example.
For more support for your wellbeing take a look at the Health & Wellbeing app and 24/7 telephone support helpline, provided in partnership with Spectrum Life.