It is important throughout life to always take care of your own physical and mental health. In order to function and be happy, we must ensure that we prioritize self-care and what we can do to improve our overall health. It is so important for men to look after their health and wellbeing, especially because many men do avoid going to see a doctor. A recent study on a group of men found that 65% of them avoid going to see the doctor for as long as possible and when they do go, a quarter of them withhold information. Going to the doctor is, of course, not the only thing men can do to take better care of their health, here are 5 other ways they can do so.
Reduce Alcohol Consumption
Alcohol is a known depressant, so if you are consuming excessive alcohol on a regular basis, you could be seriously damaging your mental health. Not only this, but excessive consumption of alcohol can lead to a number of physical health issues too. Your liver plays an important part in your body, and chronic alcohol abuse can lead to the destruction of liver cells. Once the liver cells are destroyed, scar tissue takes their place which can interrupt with the daily functions of the liver. If you are struggling with depressive periods or your body is starting to feel weaker, it could be a good idea to reduce your alcohol consumption. How much you reduce it to will be up to you, but you could start with no drinking during weekdays. If you find that reducing your alcohol consumption is an impossible task, or you start to become ill, you should absolutely seek medical help.
Go For Regular Check-ups
As mentioned in the introduction, going to see the doctor for regular check-ups is extremely important. Going to the doctor when you begin to feel pain or notice something different about your body can be potentially lifesaving, so it is crucial you are aware of your body and notice when something isn’t right. Your doctor will be able to give you a full check and they can look for things you may not think about like prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is curable if it is detected at an early stage, which is why it is so important to have regular check-ups or go and see a doctor if you notice any pain or changes. At the early stages of prostate cancer, the symptoms are usually not perceptible, which is why routine screenings are so important. However, if you do start to notice symptoms like blood in your urine, trouble urinating or sudden weight loss, you should get it checked as these are some symptoms of advanced prostate cancer. This article by Ezra gives an informative breakdown of the prostate cancer stages, and also gives important information about how to detect early prostate cancer.
Be Aware Of Your Mental Health
Poor mental health is, unfortunately, a common theme among men, which is likely due to the societal expectations of men to be ‘tough’ and ‘manly’. Toxic masculinity has had a huge impact on the way men deal with their mental health and has led to many men being afraid to ask for help. It is so important to remember to be aware of your mental health, so you can recognize when you start to feel down or anxious. Being open about your mental health can have a positive impact on other people too, as it can be encouraging for other men to see people having open and honest conversations about mental health issues. A great first step would be to talk to your friends about how you are feeling and encourage them to do the same. With the stigma around men and mental health, it may be difficult for men to open up to their family or partner, so try and create a safe space for you and friends to have honest conversations. Of course, if you feel like you need more than a conversation with friends, then seek the help of a professional. Therapy is nothing to be ashamed of and it can be extremely beneficial for your mental health.
Eat A Balanced Diet
Eating a balanced diet is an obvious way you can take better care of your health. Lack of nutrients can have a negative impact on both mental and physical help, so it is important you try your best to eat healthily. However, that’s not to say you can’t have some treats. The whole point of eating a balanced diet is being able to find a healthy balance between your favorite treats and nutritional foods. A great way to start eating healthier is to stop ordering food or eating out and instead start cooking at home. Cooking at home means you can know exactly what you are putting in your food and it gives you the freedom to create delicious meals. Cooking can be great for your mental health too as you can let your mind be creative while you come up with dishes. It can be extremely rewarding to eat food you have cooked yourself, so why not give it a try a few days a week and see if you feel better.
Create An Exercise Routine
Creating an exercise routine is another thing you can do to take better care of your health. Exercise is extremely beneficial for our physical health, and it also has a positive impact on our mental health too. Regularly exercising can reduce anxiety and depression as it releases chemicals like endorphins and serotonin which can improve your mood. The good thing about creating your own exercise routine is that it can be completely personal to you, so you can just build it around exercises that you enjoy. There is no pressure to go to the gym, you can do the exercises at home in your own space. However, if you did want a social aspect to exercising, why not find some gym classes and give them a try.
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