November is Men’s Health Awareness Month and we are looking at proactive ways to help the men in our lives stay on top of their health.
We know that so many illnesses and conditions are completely impossible to prevent or predict but some of these tips can help with early detection and general men's health and wellbeing which can have a huge impact on recovery and in some cases prevention.
You may notice that the men in your life do not share the same enthusiasm as you when it comes to looking after themselves. They may need a gentle (or firm) push in the right direction and that is where you come in. As a friend, sister, brother, partner, colleague or parent you have their best interests at heart.
Here are eight ways to help the men in your life stay healthy.
Pay attention when they talk about aches and pains they might be having.
You could be the person to urge them to get it checked out and they might just thank you for it.
Have healthy food in the house.
If you are partly responsible for the food prep in the house, you can make a huge difference by putting a healthy emphasis on the food you serve. More fruit and vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats can lead to better health. Especially when they are replacing processed foods high in saturated fat.
Socialize without alcohol.
When it comes to socializing, try to mix things up so that it doesn’t always revolve around alcohol. Alcohol has a number of health risks and it might be refreshing to include some cinema trips, meals and outdoor activities in your suggestions.
Remember health is not always a physical matter.
Check in with the men in your life emotionally and encourage them to talk about their feelings. Remember that when someone is struggling, they may not be able to “reach out” and actually might need someone to reach in.
Remind them to check themselves.
Encourage the men in your life to do the necessary “self-checks” on their body as this is often the first sign of an issue or abnormality. This includes their skin and genitalia.
Talking about the future can be helpful.
A lot of people (men included) feel that time is a given. Shining a spotlight on the future can help put things in perspective. We love the phrase “do something that your future self will thank you for”.
Suggest a good doctor.
It’s important for a man (or anyone) to feel comfortable talking about sensitive health issues. You might even help them find a good one.
When it comes to your partner you could make all the difference. Suggest an earlier bedtime, change up the routine and make sleep a priority as it plays a huge role in general health.