In this day and age, we are no longer putting our mental health second!
Your mental health is as important as your physical health.
If you cannot expect yourself to give a hundred percent to your daily life when you are physically ill, you should not expect anything differently during times when you are feeling down on a mental level.
Conditions like depression and anxiety cause actual changes to occur in your brain and they need to be taken seriously. If left untreated, mental health conditions can seriously harm your life.
The harm comes in a myriad of ways so there isn’t restricted to one specific factor. If you feel like your mental health is deteriorating, it will inadvertently cause an impact on both your social and your professional life.
If you are someone that multitasks well, you might even get away with maintaining all aspects of your life as perfectly as before.
However, the toll that it takes on you on a personal level will be difficult enough to deal with on its own. Mental health problems look different on different people- doesn’t make them any less valid!
The society that we live in is unfortunately still a patriarchal society and if we take a closer look at it, we realize that it harms men just as much as it harms everyone else living in it.
Even though there has been a move towards removing the stigma that comes attached with mental health problems, it is still relatively more difficult for men to deal with.
There are societal pressures that expect men to be emotionally closed off and reserved. Keeping your emotions bottled up just means that they manifest themselves in much uglier ways later on.
Maintaining a tough exterior even when you are under duress reeks of toxic masculinity and in this day and age we really do know better.
Knowing how to process your emotions in a healthy manner is an extremely important thing for all men to know. Learn how to nurture your mental health and keep yourself mentally healthy with these tips.
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Develop Meaningful Relationships
As a man, most of our friendships and relationships are based on superficial interests and conversations.
Our discussion topics range from sports to politics and before it can get too personal, we quickly shut it down and make a quick joke about fifa and move on with our lives.
We are very unwilling to open up and the little emotional support we do get is primarily from the women in our lives.
It’s about time that we realize that there is nothing ‘uncool’ or ‘unmanly’ about having a conversation about your feelings. Your friendships need to have a deeper foundation than just making fun of each other.
Banter is an important part of any relationship, knowing that you can joke about any and everything is a great feeling for sure.
However, you also need to surround yourself with men that you can fall back on and openly talk about the things that trouble you.
Whether it is a job related problem or a bad break up, your friends should be available for you to talk to. They should offer meaningful perspectives that help you look at things differently and eventually reach a sound conclusion.
If you want to keep yourself mentally healthy, invest in meaningful relationships!
Not only will these relationships bring peace to your life, but people that are good for your mental health will generally support you in all aspects of your life. This will help you grow as a person and become the best possible version of yourself.
Hanging out with the wrong type of crowd will influence you negatively and cause you to become satiated with mediocrity.
Identify those people that add nothing to your life and only bring you down and cut them out immediately. Strive for greatness and make sure that you are surrounded by those that genuinely love and support you!
Always remember that no relationship is as important as your mental health!
You might think that you are young and that you can get away with eating whatever you want.
However, what we put in our bodies for sustenance actually affects our personality and mood in a number of different ways. This is often referred to as the “food –mood-connection”
Living off on junk might be a cost-effective way of living, however it will cost you later on in life – both physically and mentally!
It is better to invest in healthier eating patterns and eat fulfilling nutritious meals. This will help you deal with many mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.
A balanced diet should ideally include lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains such as brown rice, low fat dairy, lean protein such as chicken, fish or eggs and a limited amount of sugar.
Try to integrate each of these food groups in your daily routine and within no time you will notice a shift in how your body works.
Eating right has multiple benefits. Not only will you feel mentally refreshed but there will be a noticeable change in your physique as well. You will have more energy and you will feel physically better.
Cutting down on soda’s and onion rings might be difficult initially but trust us when we tell you that it will be the best decision that you make for yourself in the long run!
Your taste palette will improve and your body and your mind will thank you for giving it the right kinds of nutrients.
Start by taking small steps like restricting yourself to home cooked meals at least once a day if you frequently eat out or restricting how much coke you drink.
Baby steps are still steps and they go a long way in making sure that the changes you are making are permanent!
It is not enough that you eat right; you also need to add physical activity to your life. If you want tokeep yourself mentally healthy, you need to be engaged in some sort of a physical activity.
This is especially important if you work a 9-5 job and spend the majority of your day on a desk. Similarly, if you are a college student and you spend all your time inside of the library, it is essential that you introduce some form of exercise in your life!
Exercise helps you feel relaxed and at peace because it releases various chemicals in your body.
Chemicals like endorphins and serotonin and the chemicals that impact your mood and if you exercise on a regular basis, you will see a shift in your mood.
Exercise helps you keep physically fit as well as mentally at peace. The best part is that there a number of different ways in which you can add physical activity to your life.
It doesn’t always have to mean investing a large amount of money into a gym where you have to stick to a strict schedule. Physical activity is really flexible in nature.
You can choose to take up a sport such as basketball or football. A physically challenging sport if done right can provide your body with all the stimulation that it needs.
Play football four times a week with your buddies and you will spend quality time with them while making sure that all of you get the release you need!
It doesn’t even have to be a sport, it can be as simple as you walking the dog or taking a walk on your own for an hour every single day. This will help keep your heart and your head healthy.
Make sure to include some form of physical activity at least a few times a week. An active lifestyle is the key to making sure that you minimize risk of both mental and physical illnesses.
Get Proper Rest
We understand that you are probably busy throughout the day and that the nights are for the boys but what you need to understand is that a lack of proper rest is what leads to worsening several mental health conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder or ADHD.
Sleep problems such as insomnia or disturbed sleep are also extremely common amongst individuals suffering from these issues.
It is essential that your brain gets the time off that it deserves and that your body gets the required amount of rest it needs to rejuvenate itself and get you through a long day.
For most adults, doctors recommend that they get between 6 – 8 hours of sleep on a daily basis. This does not mean that you can sleep sporadically throughout the day.
Having a routine is important. For best results, we recommend that you sleep early and get up early as well. This way you have more hours to spend during the day and during the night you get the rest that you deserve!
You might have the time of your life at a party that goes on till four in the morning. However, you will regret it the very next day when you have to get up at 8 am for work or a class!
Sleeping early is the best way of maintaining a routine and making sure that you are refreshed and properly rested the next day.
Nights out are not as important as your mental health. Save the weekends for the boys and hit your bed at ten in the night so that you can take care of yourself!
Know When to Get Help
You could be doing each and every one of these things and you could still suffer from issues pertaining to your mental health.
It might be due to a number of factors such as stress or something major that happened in your childhood. It is extremely important to realize and understand that all of us work on a different pace.
We are all individuals and there is no one set standard of mental health that we can adhere to. Different things different emotions in different people.
It might be something as simple as an argument with a friend that could set you down a dark path.
However, it is important to remember that if it is affecting you in a noticeable way it is not insignificant no matter what the society or even your own brain is telling you!
Mental health conditions are serious and you should be well informed enough to know when you have a problem.
In all honesty, sometimes it doesn’t even matter how well informed you are. Sometimes admitting that you need help can be the most difficult thing on this planet.
This is partially because of the stigma that still surrounds mental health in today’s day and age and it is partially because of the pressure that there is present on men. The pressure that says that we always have to be at a hundred percent.
It is important to realize the simple fact that it is completely okay to not be okay. It doesn’t make you any less of a person. In fact, admitting that you are struggling only enhances your strength!
Know when it is time to seek professional help and when you need to start talking to your loved ones about it. Reach out; know that people care about you and your well being!
What Comes After?
Admitting that you might need help is a difficult step for sure. However, it is only the first step in a long process.
If you want to keep yourself mentally healthy, you have to keep on putting yourself first and prioritizing your mental peace above each and every thing in your life.
It’s not always the easiest to do but we assure you that the peace it brings is worth it!