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June: Men’s Mental Health Month

June: Men’s Mental Health Month

Giving a Platform

In our fast paced and stress- filled modern world, taking care of our mental health is more Important than ever. Men often encounter specific obstacles when it comes to mental health due to societal expectations and cultural norms. There is often a prevailing notion that men should be strong and emotionless. This expectation can discourage men from seeking help and expressing their emotions. Many men silently battle mental health issues: depression, anxiety, stress, and substance abuse. As men we must accept the fact its okay to express ourselves. Men’s Mental Health Awareness month is an importance observance that takes place in June each year. The month serves as a platform to educate and raise awareness for men to prioritize their mental health. While therapy and medication can be valuable tools, there is another powerful tool that is overlooked: exercise.

Go Exercise

Encouraging physical health and well-being has a positive impact on mental health and can help men better manage their emotions and overall well-being. Regular exercise has been shown to be a natural mood booster. When we’re active our bodies release endorphins which are natural neurotransmitters that enhance our mood and create a sense of euphoria. Exercise also reduces the levels of stress hormones, such as cortisol, in our body, leading to a calmer and more relaxed state of mind. Whether it’s a brisk walk or a high-intensity workout, incorporating exercise into our daily routine can significantly reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Other techniques that could be incorporated are deep breathing and meditation to manage stress levels. 

Use your brain

As important as exercise for our bodies is, it also enhances our cognitive function. Research has shown that regular activity promotes neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to form new connections to reorganize itself. This leads to improved memory, enhanced focus, and a better overall cognitive performance. Another beneficial factor is an increase in blood flow to the brain. The blood delivers oxygen and nutrients which can enhance the mental clarity and creativity.  

Be confident but be yourself

Achieving fitness goals, developing physical strength, and witnessing progress can boost confidence, self-perception and increase our mental resiliency. As we quench our thirst for self-improvement, this newfound confidence extends beyond the gym. Healthy living decisions contribute to building resilience, which is the ability to bounce back from adversity. Taking care of your physical health by exercising, eating well, and getting enough rest can provide a solid foundation for coping with life’s challenges. It is essential to recognize that seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. It takes wisdom to know there is something wrong and the courage to reach out to helping hand. We are not alone, and if anything, it makes us of more of men. 

-Michael Tapia

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