In addition to eating well and getting enough exercise there are a number of things men can do to improve their overall health and wellbeing. We have also included tips that are particularly useful to improve men’s mental health.
Getting enough sleep is one of the best things you can do for your health. It is of no benefit to boast how little sleep you need, or how well you can still function on little sleep. Sleep not only boosts your general wellbeing and your ability to concentrate and be productive, it can also help with weight loss. While you sleep your body produces ghrelin and leptin which control your appetite. And without the right amount of these hormones your body has no way of controlling the amounts you eat.
It is important to note that insufficient sleep has also been linked to the development and management of a number of chronic diseases and conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression.
Learn how to deal with stress
Unfortunately, stress has become part of everyday life. It is the way we deal with it, that makes the difference to our health and wellbeing. Learn relaxation techniques such as mindfulness, have a Reiki session, go for a walk or run, exercise, journal, talk about stressful issues with friends and family – these are just some ideas.
Don’t just bottle things up and hope they’ll go away. That simply won’t happen.
Limit alcohol consumption in difficult situations
People sometimes self-medicate with alcohol which is quite counterproductive. In most cases, alcohol will only mask a problem you have and in the long run, make it worse.
Generally, limit your alcohol intake to two drinks per day. This way, you can reap the benefits of alcohol (protection against heart disease) without the devastating effects overconsumption will bring.
Seek professional help when you need it
If you start to experience any pains or your body changes in unusual ways, seek the help of a GP. The same is true for emotional issues. One of the reasons men have a lower life expectancy is their reluctance to seek medical help. This means they are often only seen by a doctor when it’s too late. Don’t add to this statistic, be smart and have that “thing” checked out sooner rather than later.
The same is true for mental issues; whether you’re constantly down, have anger issues or problems with addiction, get help. Start with talking to your GP who will happily refer you to appropriate professionals who can help. And you can get the assistance you need to get back to leading a full and rewarding life.
Enjoy yourself – do something you enjoy every day
Men often stay away from having too much fun, it’s not a manly thing to do. But doing something every day that you really enjoy will do wonders for your general wellbeing. And it doesn’t have to be anything big or expensive. Maybe you enjoy reading or listening to audio books, running, gardening, making models, etc. Do a little every day. Don’t leave fun for only the weekend, only the holidays or worst of all only once you’ve retired. Live now!
How the Live Well Practice can help
If the idea of mindfulness or a Reiki session sounded appealing to you, these are two of the therapies I offer to my clients. I am also a clinical hypnotherapist and have been helping people in Nottingham to stop smoking, lose weight, overcome phobias and reduce stress since 2010. If would like a complimentary session to try any of this out, please get in touch with me, Samantha Culshaw-Robinson. Tel 075 222 777 22 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to book in for a session, please fill in your contact details on my consultation page.
Disclaimer: As with most practices, mindfulness may not be suitable for everyone. If you have any existing mental health conditions or past trauma, you should discuss these with your GP or mental health professional and these should also be disclosed prior to enrolling in a class.