Father’s day is in June, which also happens to be Men’s Health Month. A man’s physical and emotional health impacts their ability to be involved fathers, supportive partners and engaged members of a community. Men have a responsibility to themselves and the ones who love them to care about and take care of their well-being. Here are a few things men can do to make their health a priority all year long:
- Get an annual physical. Providers can catch potentially dangerous conditions early, while they are still treatable.
- Utilize mental health services. Men are significantly less likely to use mental health services in response to a mental health issue in comparison to women.
- Practice stress management. Engaging in substance abuse in response to stressful life transitions can be a dysfunctional response to tough situations.
All humans are wired for emotions, regardless of gender. To have a balance of physical and emotional health, men can benefit from learning to process emotions appropriately.
“As I look back on what I’ve learned about shame, gender and worthiness, the greatest lesson is this: If we are going to find our way out of shame and back to each other, vulnerability is the path and courage is the light. To set down those lists of what we’re supposed to be is brave. To love ourselves and support each other in the process of becoming real perhaps the greatest single act of daring greatly.” Brene Brown