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New Year, Stronger Me: 5 Ways to Improve Mental Health for Men

Getting back into our routines after the holidays can bring stress and anxiety, negatively impacting our mental health. The topic of mental health for men is still stigmatized within our society. As a result, men are less likely to seep help or treatment compared to women. Use the beginning of the New Year as your opportunity to start fresh and make simple changes to improve your mental health today. Here’s some starter tips!

Maintain healthy relationships

Practice mindfulness, or meditation

Exercise

  • Exercise can improve mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood. Also, it improves your self-esteem and cognitive function.
  • Build a workout schedule for yourself. If you haven’t found a form of exercise that you’re passionate about, try new ones! This could be crossfit, rock climbing, weights, or even training for a marathon.

Be mindful of media consumption

  • You don’t need to cut off all social media or networking apps completely. However, do consume consciously and know when you need to pause.
  • Ultimately, do recognize when social media is affecting your emotions or mental state — this is when you need a break.

Get extra help

  • Be mindful of how you feel day-to-day. If you feel down consistently, reach out. Asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.
  • Reach out to a trusted friend or family member who can support you.
  • Find a counselor, psychiatrist, psychologist that can help you.
  • If you experience situational anxiety, talk to your GP or a qualified expert. There are various ways your healthcare provider can help, including therapy or medication such as propranolol.

If your New Year’s resolution hasn’t included mental health, add this in! Mental health for men is just as important as physical health. Where the mind goes, the body follows. So, use the above tips as a starting point towards emotional health and resilience in 2020!