Movember is all about men’s health and it’s a sad fact but, across the world, men die an average six years younger than women. The worst part is that it’s for reasons that are largely preventable. That means that it doesn’t have to be that way: we can all take action to live healthier, happier and longer lives. Whether you’re a man yourself, or a friend, spouse, partner or family member, we can all play a role in men’s health. Whether physical, mental or emotional, there’s some form of support we can give.
The Top Five Things You Need To Know and Do Regarding Men’s Health
Spend time with people who make you feel good.
Stay connected. Your friends are important and spending time with them is good for you. Catch up regularly, check in and make time. When you spend time with people who make you feel good, you’ll find that it can really influence your mood. It also offers vital support to you when you need someone to rely on.
You don’t need to be an expert and you don’t have to be the sole solution, but being there for someone, listening and giving your time can be lifesaving. This is true for everyone, not just men.
70% of men say their friends can rely on them for support, but only 48% say that they rely on their friends. In other words: we’re here for our friends, but worried about asking for help for ourselves. Reaching out is crucial. It’s important to be able to speak to others about things that cause you stress, anxiety, or depression.
As a friend, partner, spouse or family member, you also have an important part to play. You need to be open and available to talk to the men in your life who need some support. It’s important to understand that it can be very difficult for men to open up about issues such as these. Why? Because we live in a society that says a man who talks about his problems is ‘weak’. The opposite is true. Men who have the courage to open up about their issues are taking a great leap of faith. We need to be there to catch them if they put that trust in us.
We need to talk, and we need to listen.
Know the numbers.
At 50, talk to your doctor about prostate cancer and whether it’s right for you to have a PSA test. If you are of African or Caribbean descent or have a father or brother with prostate cancer, you should be having this conversation at 45. Know your numbers, know your risk, talk to your doctor.
Know thy nuts.
Get to know what’s normal for your testicles. Give them a check regularly and go to the doctor if something doesn’t feel right. You can read our post about testicular cancer to learn more.
Add more activity to your day. Do more of what make you feel good. There are a great variety of activities that can improve your health and your mood:
- Take a walking meeting
- Park further away from the station
- Get off the bus a stop or two earlier
- Instead of the lift, take the stairs
- Cycle to work instead of driving
Make a Stand for Men’s Health this Movember
We care a lot about the men in our lives here at Organies Genoeg. Our male guests are welcome to join us during this month for a wonderful Ozone Steam Sauna Session – we even have discounts on all our services for the month! Our Ozone Steam Sauna (HOCATT) has a lot of health benefits, and we would love to share them with you.
It can seem like a small thing, but it can make a big impact. Show your support for Movember this month, and the men in your life.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call us to book your session today.