By Dr. Raymond Zakhari, NP
Mental Health Awareness : Tips for Men
Mental health is just as important as physical health, if not more so. You need your mental health in order to take care of your physical health. The pandemic, the economy, the new work environment, and now the wildfires. Suffice it to say, stress seems to be the only constant.
Many men are reluctant to go to therapy or speak to a psychiatrist. The problem is the things going on in their life may be causing a host of symptoms. I love the scene from the movie Analyze This. Check it out below.
Sure it may poke fun at a guy’s reluctance to seek help. But that’s good! Learning to laugh at yourself is one of the best things you can do to reduce your stress and anxiety!
Here are some tips for men on how to take care of their mental health:
- Stick to a routine: Even though things may be different and dare I say you are now living a new normal? It’s still important to try to keep a regular routine. This can help you feel more in control and reduce stress.
- Get regular exercise: Exercise is a great way to reduce stress, improve your mood, and boost your energy levels. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week.
- Get enough sleep: When you’re well-rested, you’re better able to cope with stress and make good decisions. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night and not more.
- Eat a healthy diet: Eating low carb, higher protein, and good fiber can help improve your mood and energy levels. Make sure to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
- Connect with others: Social support is important for your mental health. Make time to connect with friends and family, either in person or virtually. If you are on the latest Huberman bandwagon, then a sauna bath can offer exponential benefit
- Take some time for yourself: It’s important to make time for activities that you enjoy. This could be anything from reading to playing sports to spending time in nature, playing or listening to music, cooking a meal, soaking in a hot tub, steam room, basically somewhere you cannot be reached and no one expects anything of your for the moment.
- Seek help if you need it: If you’re struggling with your mental health, don’t be afraid to seek help. There are many resources available, including therapists, counselors, and support groups.
Taking care of your mental health is an important part of overall health and well-being. By following these tips, you can improve your mental health and reduce your risk of developing mental health problems.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please seek professional help:
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Changes in appetite
- Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed
- Thoughts of harming yourself or others
Don’t worry you won’t go fag. Even if that does happen a little, it is 2023 already and I won’t tell anyone. (If you found this statement offensive I’m charging you extra)
You are not alone. Request an appointment now.