MEN'S HEALTH - WHY IT MATTERS FOR MEN

Men have feelings too but often they don't like to show it for fear of burdening others or showing weakness. Unfortunately; bottling things up when you're feeling low increases the risk of depression or anxiety. On average, one in eight men will suffer from depression and one in five will experience anxiety at some point in their lives.

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF TALKING

 

Bottling up feelings can also lead to angry outbursts; which, can have a negative impact on relationships. Beginning the conversation with someone experienced, who has understanding of how tough it can be to talk about the hard stuff can act as a release valve so that the pressures that life can put us under don't become overwhelming. 

Common issues for men include:

·         Work pressure

·         Parenting

·         Retirement

·         Relationship problems

·         Intimacy

·         Adjustment to fatherhood

·         Anger management

·         Drinking too much

·         Divorce and separation

·         Loss or grief

 

If you are feeling any of the following, it is important to talk to someone who can help to improve your wellbeing:

·         Feelings of guilt or worthlessness

·         Feelings of helplessness
·         Low mood – sadness, numbness, detachment
·         Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities
·         Irritability or Anger
·         Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
·         Loss of hope for the future
·         Feelings of helplessness
·         Problems with concentration and memory
·         Disturbed sleep – difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, sleeping too much
·         Reduced energy
·         Thoughts of self-harm or suicide

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