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When it comes to men talking about mental health, there’s still a societal taboo. In fact, only 36% of referrals to NHS talking therapies are for men. We thought it would be useful to go through some ways to look after your mental health, especially if you’re having a tough time.
Reach out to your mates
When you’re down at the pub with your mates, it can sometimes be difficult to get into heavy, deep subjects. However, talking to the people you trust most when you’re struggling is one of the most cathartic ways to work through problems. Along with benefiting yourself, talking about deep subjects could also help the other person too. Ultimately, bottling your problems up and leaving yourself to deal with them alone is never a good idea. Reach out to your mates and start talking about mental health.
Reduce your screen time
In our hectic, modern world, screens play a big role in day to day life. Whether it’s your phone or a laptop screen, spending too much time on social media and the internet is a big contributor to poor mental health. We suggest unplugging and disconnecting every now and again, giving you more time to spend with yourself or friends. Digital detox weekends are a great way to unplug for a longer amount of time and can do wonders for your mental health, helping you refresh and reset. On a daily basis, setting limits on social apps also helps to reduce the time you’re spending on your phone.
It’s probably not a surprise to you that exercise can help with both physical and mental health. However, the UK government states that physical inactivity is still responsible for one in six UK deaths (which is the same as smoking). Whether you’re getting on your bike or joining the local gym, spending 30 minutes a day exercising can give your mental health a big boost and help reduce your stress levels. Remember - even a half-hour walk around the local park can make a big difference, but if you fancy something a little more adventurous check out Our Favourite Hiking Spots in the UK & Ireland.
Find a new passion
Finding a new passion or hobby can also help improve your mental health. Instruments and sports are great ways to focus your mind on learning something new and give you a break from the stresses of everyday life. We recommend having a search online and looking for lessons in something you’ve always been interested in. From wild swimming to dance classes, not only could you learn a new skill, but it’s also a great way to meet new people and engage with the community.
If you’re struggling with any mental health issues, it’s essential that you get in touch with a professional immediately. The sooner you sort your mind out, the happier you and those around you will be in the long run.