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Men's Health Week: 7 Things You Should Know

Published June 16th, 2022 by Mfarin42

Whether you're a man or a woman, you should know that the US National Men's Health Week is approaching - get ready for the 13th-20th June 2022. 

If you're a man, it's time to prioritize your physical and mental health; if you're a woman, it's time to be extra lovely to all the boys and men in your life.

Historically, the strong 'hunter-gatherer' type, men often feel the need to suffer in silence. But it's 2022, and that shouldn't be the case anymore. That's why we're here to spread some tips about how men can prioritize their health and bring awareness to this vital aspect of wellbeing. 

So, whether you're a man, woman, boy, girl, or anything in-between, read on to find out more about Men's Health Week in 2022. 

1. Physical Health Is Paramount

Physical and mental health go hand-in-hand. It's very difficult to maintain one without the other. Therefore, it's time to think about your physical health. 

  • Are you eating right? 
  • Are you getting enough exercise? 
  • Are you drinking or smoking too much?
  • Do you need to visit the doctor/dentist/optician? 

If there are any issues with your physical health that you've been ignoring or putting off dealing with — it's time to address them!

Think about someone in your life that is in great physical health; chat to them about how they maintain optimal health and try to mimic their routine.

If your physical health is already fine, well done! 

2. Don't Neglect Your Mental Health

Men's mental health awareness week is so important; suicide is the leading killer of young men. It can be challenging to talk about how you're feeling; boys are socialized from a young age to be 'strong' and not show vulnerability. 

But, we're all human, and everyone has emotions. If you're struggling with your mental health, reach out to those around you and let them know how you're feeling. 

Remember, a problem shared is a problem halved. Don't bottle up your emotions!

3. Find Your Community

It's national men's health week. What better time to connect with other men?

Men's groups aren't well-publicized, but there are plenty of them out there. Find a community of other men you can meet with to talk to and have fun with.

Many men unintentionally find themselves relying on their romantic partners for all emotional connections. However, this is an unhealthy form of co-dependency. You need to find other guys to hang out with too. 

4. Take up a Hobby 

One of the best ways to improve men's mental health is to take up a hobby they love.

Ideally, you should have five hobbies: 

  • One that makes you money 
  • One that builds your knowledge 
  • One that keeps you active 
  • One that encourages creativity 
  • One that evolves your mindset 

Speak to other friends and family and find out what their hobbies are. Don't get too caught up in the responsibilities of life; prioritize doing things you love too. 

Additionally, you'll be able to forge new friendships, learn skills, and have fun along the way. 

5. Let People Know What's Going On

When was the last time you really talked to someone about what's going on for you in your personal life? Have you shared your deep thoughts and feelings with anyone recently? 

If so, well done. If not, you're probably in the majority. A large part of men's mental health week is encouraging men to speak about their trials and tribulations. 

Sit down and tell your friends, family, or a diary what's going on for you. The longer you ignore your issues, the larger they'll get.

Whether you're having an awesome time or a challenging period, let people know! 

6. Give Yourself a Break

It's 2022, and people (both men and women) are finding themselves chronically stressed and busy. It seems as if we wear burnout as a strange badge of honor. 

Think about it; usually, when you ask someone how they are, they respond with 'good,' shortly followed by the words 'busy,' 'stressed,' or 'tired.' 

Sometimes, you need to take a break from life and rest. If you've got a 'man cave' — take yourself there! 

However, if you like to wind down and relax, this is your chance. There's no better time to tell others that rely on you that you need some time off. It's men's week, after all. 

7. Seek Some Additional Support

Men are significantly less likely to seek psychiatric support than women. This does not mean their mental health is better. 

Unfortunately, there's a historical stigma around seeing therapists. Men often feel weak, vulnerable, and emasculated if they admit they need extra support.

It cannot be emphasized enough how untrue this thought process is. 

You are just as entitled to some additional support as anyone else. Additionally, don't forget there are several people you can speak to: 

  • Friends/family/spouse 
  • Life coaching (best for minor issues or decision making)
  • Counselor or therapist (best for emotional support)
  • Psychiatrist (best for mental health diagnosis and treatment)

Talking to someone impartial can provide significant relief. You can speak freely, knowing that what you say will remain confidential, and receive some helpful advice on solving your problems. 

Raise Awareness for Men's Health Week 2022 

Men's health week is fast approaching. What are you going to do to improve your health (or the men in your life's health)?

From getting more exercise to sharing emotions, keeping ahold of your health as a man is critical if you want to live your best life. 

However you're feeling, everyone needs some support sometimes. Why not contact us today to see how we can help you improve your mental health? 

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