Mental Wellbeing For Men
A blog: A closer look at Mens mental wellbeing - for World Mental Health Day on10 October 2021
By Melody May
With World Mental Health Day approaching on 10th October, I thought this would be a good opportunity to take a closer look at men’s mental wellbeing...
There are all kinds of reasons why a man might be experiencing feelings such as stress, anxiety and low mood. It could be due to low self-esteem and/or a lack of confidence, a bereavement (even if it’s a loss they experienced years ago), relationship difficulties or feeling overwhelmed by their responsibilities.
The ongoing uncertainties and changes brought about by the pandemic can be a trigger for stress and anxiety, leaving many struggling to learn and adapt to new ways of working and interacting. Also, with support schemes such as the furlough initiative coming to an end, many will be feeling the added pressures this will put on their lives. A sudden change in health, for example due to an injury or long Covid, could also spark a change in emotional wellbeing..
Taking off the mask
Men are at greater risk of suffering in silence when it comes to mental health problems. Boys are often left to 'just get on with it’ and learn to try and push their feelings away as they are not taught the emotional resources to cope and work through negative feelings, which can lead to overwhelm in adult life. Outdated stereotypes about men and boys always being strong and stoic certainly don’t help.
Instead of seeking support, men often show a brave face to the world. I liken this to wearing a mask, where they might appear to be happy and confident, but inside they’re struggling with feelings such as stress, inadequacy, fear and shame.
If this is something you recognise in yourself (or in someone you’re close to), holistic hypnotherapy is a highly effective way to empower you to take control of your life and make powerful, lasting changes. For example, clients often come to me because they’re ready to update their operating system by breaking habits such as addictions, or to promote better health by improving their diet and nutritional intake or the quality and quantity of their sleep. Sometimes they might be struggling with commitment phobia or are seeking support in preparing for parenthood.
Whatever the reason for seeking help, hypnotherapy creates a safe, warm, relaxing space where you feel ready to welcome more calm, light and positivity into your life and really start to let go of anything you no longer need. By working with the subconscious mind through such a deep sense of relaxation, the results can be felt instantaneously, and the effects can be seen early on in a treatment plan.
I regularly see clients step away from the patterns of self-destruction they were previously caught up in and quickly experience a sense of deep relief and change of focus and direction. In turn, they become more reliable in their chosen priorities, more successful in their communication skills, better partners and better parents.
For more advice on how to look after your mental wellbeing – and how to support the men in your life who might be struggling with their mental health – read the guest blog I recently wrote on this theme for Wild Oats, which includes a range of useful resources: https://woats.co.uk/why-is-mental-health-important/
Why is Mental Health Important?
A blog on Mens mental health issues - published by Wild Oats for Mental health awareness week 2021.
Ahead of this month’s Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16th May), holistic hypnotherapist, Melody May, explores male mental health and what we can all do to look after ourselves.
Generations of men have been suffering in silence with their mental health and I’d like to take the opportunity of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week to explore this in more detail. You can use my advice for yourself or to support someone you care about and wish to help find a better space.
What Mental Health Means
While men may wear a mask to cover their feelings – appearing happy on the outside regardless of what they feel like inside – it’s now widely acknowledged that they’re at a greater risk of suffering in silence when it comes to mental health issues. The reasons behind their suffering can stem from..... Continue reading......
by Melody May.
Published by The Practice Rooms.
Parenting is a full-time job – and a wonderful one, especially when we are at our best.
In both my role as a holistic hypnotherapist and as a mother, I’ve found that to be the best parent you can be, you should treat yourself with the same kindness and care that you show your family. Nurturing yourself so that you’re at your best when supporting others.
One of the biggest ways we can better look after ourselves is through.... Continue reading...