In June we celebrate Father’s Day, but did you know that it is also Men’s Health Month?

As we celebrate the important men in our lives, let’s acknowledge the impacts of COVID-19 on men’s overall wellbeing. Below are some common concerns many men may be struggling with:

  • Trouble adjusting to new and different roles including increased caregiving responsibilities while keeping up with work, household chores, and other tasks
  • Feeling like “the primary bread winner,” and worrying that if their health suffers, they won’t be able to fill that role within their family
  • Job loss and the economic complications that can arise from it
  • Cultural norms and gender stereotypes can make it difficult for men to be vulnerable and express their emotional needs
  • Lack of time for health screenings/ doctor visits and checkups
  • Unable to afford healthcare/lack of access to health insurance

Men are known to be more reluctant to discuss health issues. In fact, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, men are 24 percent less likely than women to visit a doctor within the span of a year. Below are a few ways to help men cope with some of the struggles mentioned above.

Identify your stressors…

When you have a better idea of what your triggers are, you have more of a chance to find ways to manage them such as implementing more exercise, meditation, and time management.

Focus on heart health…

Implement a routine to keep you physically active and maintain a healthy diet. According to the American Heart Association, to keep your heart healthy, 150 minutes of cardiovascular exercise a week is recommended.

Find space to be vulnerable…

Whether that’s leaning into your support system or a mental health professional, it’s important to have a space to be honest about your feelings. It can feel burdensome to carry all the weight on your shoulders. Allow yourself to open up about your emotions, accept them and feel them.

Get regular checkups and take part in screenings…

Reframe your mindset from “I don’t have the time to go to the doctors” to “I will have more time in life with my loved ones if I take care of my health needs.”

Reach out for help!…

Sometimes we may not have the financial means especially with the financial burdens COVID-19 has brought on, however, there are many organizations that made it their mission to help those in need.

Find therapeutic hobbies…

This can be anything from gardening to hiking. It’s important to have time and space for yourself!

One of the best gifts we can give the important men in our lives this month is validating and respecting their concerns while empowering them to take care of their health needs!

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