Ask for help - Break the stigma!
Sometimes we encounter stereotypes characterising men as unwilling to ask for help and giving the impression men are less likely to seek health care than women. Studies from the past decade have shown that men might indeed be less likely to ask for help for a health-related problem unlike women. It is difficult and sometimes impossible to make an early diagnosis of a health issue if you do not visit your doctor in time. In some cases, to prevent long term illness, an early detection is critical, and this situation is not always applicable by men, who in many cases tend to wait for as long as possible to see a specialist. Today, information can easily be accessed with a click, and every doubt, thought or matter has its own thread on the Internet.
Today, any conversation on health and wellbeing highlights the importance of ‘self-care’. What is ‘self-care’? When we talk about self-care, we mean a better control over your health, reach a goal that is meaningful to you, know how and when to seek support and not only that. You can make lifestyle changes with a new fitness program, eating healthier, focus spiritually on personal growth, making new connections, exploring, and re-evaluating your emotional wellbeing. For some men, their way of feeling better is adrenaline, while others will find pleasure in attending cultural events; waking up in the morning to meditate; discovering a new hobby; volunteering. The secret to living a balanced life is doing things that are fulfilling you, intellectually and emotionally. Activities that are not strictly productive, may be the real mark of successful self-care.
Focus on self-care and you will find yourself coming across this question: Why I didn’t do this sooner? Even the health of your friendships has an impact on your emotional and mental health and looking after yourself and your mate might not be hard as you initially thought.
Take care of your health with plenty of vegetables and fruits, moderate drinking, exercises, and a good night sleep.