Every June, we celebrate Men’s Health Month by encouraging the men in our lives to practice healthy habits, eat right, exercise, and take care of themselves, both physically and mentally.
In many cultures, including ours, men are strong, care for their families, and don’t show weakness. We’re here to break that mold. While those are great qualities, it’s time to stop hiding behind masculinity and instead start opening up and caring for yourself. Treating yourself with love and respect can do wonders for your health.
While there are many things to do to stay healthy, here are our five biggest tips to follow every month:
- Eat healthily. Your diet plays an enormous role in how your body functions and feels, both physically and mentally. Ensure you get the proper amounts of fruits, vegetables, and proteins, and limit your red meat and alcohol intake. These small changes can add years to your life.
- Exercise. A proper diet and exercise go hand in hand. You don’t need to spend two hours at the gym each day, but ensure that you’re getting your steps in and consciously making healthy choices. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, do an ab or leg workout at your desk, and use the dumbbells in your garage. Find the exercises that work best for you, your lifestyle, and your goals, and make plans to hit them every week.
- Go to the doctor. Everyone should go to the doctor at least once each year for their annual checkup. This ensures that your blood pressure, vitals, and lab results are all in a healthy range. If they are not, you’ll work with your doctor to fix anything amiss. If they are, you’ll continue as usual with the peace of mind that you are healthy and doing what you should take care of yourself.
- Talk it out. While depression and anxiety are more prevalent in women than men, these illnesses still affect men across the globe. Women are more likely than men to seek help for these issues, and we believe it’s time for that to change. Men, there is nothing wrong with needing help. If you’re struggling with mental illness, the right doctor and the proper medications can help. Don’t feel like you have to handle it yourself and keep it all to yourself. Confide in your spouse, sibling, or friend and seek medical attention if necessary. It’s time to put yourself first, and ensuring your mental health is in check is a great way to start.
- Do something for yourself every day. This tip ties in with the last. One way to better your mental health is by doing something you enjoy! Whether reading a book, firing up the grill, or having a spa day (yes, men can and should treat themselves this way!), doing something you love for a few minutes every day will help your mind and body feel its best.
This year, ahead of Father’s Day, encourage your husband, son, dad, grandfather, brother, and cousin to take care of themselves. Ensure they have the tools to do so, too, including access to the right food, the ability to exercise, and the means to go to the doctor every year, especially if something feels off. The best way to beat diseases and illnesses is to get ahead of them – catch them early and do all that you can to prevent them by leading a healthy lifestyle every day.