Tristan Lee, The Gorgeousness Coach, here discusses the importance – particularly among men – of talking about mental health
When we discuss health we think about lifestyle choices, nutrition and exercise. However, the power to address these topics comes from mental strength, an area that is often overlooked.
According to the National Office there were 5,821 suicides recorded in the UK in 2017, with three-quarters of them being male. It has been cited as the largest cause of death for men under the age of 50.
However, the statistics do show that suicide is at its lowest since recordings began in 1981, which demonstrates that men are getting better at discussing their emotions and asking for help.
It’s important for men to understand that it’s empowering to open up, and can help improve self-esteem, happiness and health through simple changes. One of the most important things is to find someone you can confide in. It might be a friend, a family member, your GP or even a qualified counsellor, but you must trust implicitly as without this you won’t be able to share freely.
Unlike an arm in a plaster cast, people won’t always realise someone is experiencing mental difficulties, so you have to speak out to be heard. Confiding in someone means you are addressing your problem and taking steps towards getting the help you need.
Diet and exercise are important when dealing with mental wellbeing. Try adding more raw foods to your diet, and reducing processed ones or those high in trans fatty acids. Bananas, oily fish, brazil nuts, chicken, water, dark chocolate and spinach are all known for being feel-good foods.
Physical activity has a positive impact on the body and mind. Increasing the resting heart rate for 20 minutes each day will release endorphins from the brain. These neurotransmitters are natural stress fighters, making people feel happy and reducing pain perception.
Remember, we are all in control of our futures, so never put the keys to your happiness in someone else’s pocket.