Have you read the headlines about stress?
Everyone from the American Psychological Association to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) points to the amount of stress women face and how it’s on the rise. The “do it all” pressure women face is real, and juggling a career, family, domestic duties, and caring for elderly parents can take its toll.
What no one is talking about, however, is the everyday stressors that men face, too. With June being Men’s Health Month, let’s take a moment to explore stress and mental health in the other gender.
Stereotypically, men don’t seek treatment or get any type of help for stress, anxiety, or depression. This can be problematic because it’s estimated that nearly 1 in 10 men experience depression and anxiety.
With the current state of world affairs, these numbers could be higher. Further, because men are less likely to get help for stress than women, the problems can fester, leaving men to take more drastic action.
Not convinced that you should be watching over your mental health if you’re not female? Keep reading, and we’ll hopefully enlighten you.
Benefits of Taking Care of Mental Health
As a man, taking care of your body is top of mind, but tuning in with your inner self might not seem like a top priority. Taking care of your mental health can lead to a host of benefits, including better physical health!
Here’s why you should prioritize mental health:
So, how does a guy stay mentally healthy? A clean diet, taking time to relax, and getting plenty of exercise are all important. So is having an outlet to discuss stress. Whether it’s a partner, friend, family member, or professional, make sure you have someone to talk to about what’s happening in your life.
How do you stay mentally healthy? Let us know in the comments!
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