Our health is vital to our wellbeing. We all get stressed, but what do you do about it?
Mental health with men is becoming a more concerning problem than ever before, nowadays one in four men are likely to discover some mental health problem.
Many things can be done to beat stress. The most popular options include playing sport, spending time with friends, singing and dancing (whether in your local or at home.) and playing NetBet blackjack.
Their message to men is to talk about how you beat stress, talk about what causes it. Talk to your mates and family. Additionally, if you would prefer to speak to a professional, try the Men’s Health Forum’s new Beat Stress Service, this is a free text chat with experts trained in beating stress, no personal information needed. This service will be launched during the week.
Many men also take to fundraising for this organisation as all funds raised will go towards the right causes helping those directly affected.
One in five men die before they are 65, with two in five by the age of 75. We need to learn to relax, guys.
Men’s Health Week is now celebrated in almost every country around Europe, along with also being observed in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. With each country having a different theme, the word on men’s health does spread around the world.
Along with the UK putting their efforts into raising awareness on mental health, there is also more support and information on various other health topics, such as; prostate cancer and healthy living and diets.
The week itself, supported by the NHS, has open clinics and specialists at local GP’s and hospitals, there’s no excuse not to pop down and have a quick check up to make sure you are healthy.
There are warning signs that your stress could be exceeding what they should be, they are noted below. The biggest strength is talking, without words, too much stress could kill.
- Bereavement and other endings including moving house, splitting up with a partner, changing job or children leaving home
- Family breakdowns
- Sex and sexuality
- Drink, drugs and other addictions
Short-term problems are considered normal, but when a problem exceeds into a long-term issue, then these are the times when the stress will begin to build up, and your mental health could be in danger.
A relentless build-up of pressure can lead to these signs, if these become too much then it’s a sign that the stress is getting to a dangerous stage. The important thing is to recognise these signs at an early point so you can do something about it.
- Eating more/less than normal
- Mood swings
- Low self-esteem
- Feeling tense or anxious
- Not sleeping properly
- Excessive drinking/alcohol use
- Withdrawing from family and friends
- Losing interest in things you normally enjoy
- There could be physical signs like headaches, irritable bowel syndrome or aches and pains
How to talk
We all know how important it is to talk to friends and family. For some of us, social media can only go so far, in fact, research suggests that it can even make some of us miserable. Be honest with yourself, especially if you’re often angry or feel disrespected. Then, if you can find someone else you can be honest with, it doesn’t have to be a mate or family member.
For more information about mental health issues and Men’s Health Week, visit their webpage: https://www.menshealthforum.org.uk/