Anxiety and depression have been on the rise for decades. However, diagnosis and treatment for men has continued to lag behind. There are several factors that impact men’s inability to gain access to mental health, but some of these continue to be based on the stigma that mental health issues make an individual weak.
In reality, this stigma couldn’t be further from the truth. Asking for help and seeking out the resources that you need are courageous and honorable actions to take. Today, we’re here to present some of the best actionable approaches that men can use to improve their mental health.
Facing The Facts About Men’s Mental Health
Before we dive into how you can help improve your mental health, it is essential to understand some of the underlying facts about mental health.
- 1 in 10 men experience anxiety or depression
- Less than half of men experiencing issues will seek treatment
- Nearly four times more men die by suicide every year
This simple illustration demonstrates the absolute importance of seeking help to maintain your mental health today. Understanding the underlying signs and symptoms of anxiety or depression can help you get back to your fullest life sooner.
Signs and Symptoms of Mental Health Issues
There are several early warning signs that you can look out for in yourself or a loved one. If you notice these signs, it can be a great time to begin a conversation or enlist professional help right away.
- Headaches and general fatigue
- Difficulty sleeping
- Withdrawal from normal activities
- Misuse or abuse of alcohol or drugs
- Engaging in reckless behavior
- Violent or abusive behavior
- Suicidal thoughts or morbid ideation
- Suicide attempts
Fortunately, once the signs are recognized, treatment can begin immediately.
5 Ways to Improve Mental Health
Mental health can be a tricky thing to identify, and there are a variety of causes that underlie the issues. First, it is crucial to personally evaluate yourself. Determine if you need to seek professional help in therapeutic services, whether that is talk therapy, medication, or medical treatment, or if you prefer alternative treatment options.
1. Seek Professional Help
You’re not alone when it comes to fighting mental health. Unfortunately, mental illness isn’t easy to detect, so it can feel like you’re alone because we don’t all wear a diagnosis on our sleeves. Instead, mental health can be tricky, but more people are struggling (and treating) their mental health than you might expect.
Doctors, therapists, and psychiatrists are all equipped to help deal with a variety of mental health conditions, and most insurance plans cover this type of care. Some therapy services can be fully covered.
Additionally, your doctor can help identify if your mental health symptoms are caused by low testosterone levels, thyroid issues, or other medical conditions. They can then prescribe treatment, such as testosterone replacement therapy, to specifically address the medical condition and tackle your symptoms at the root.
2. Build or Engage With Social Groups
Withdrawal from everyday activities and social circles is one of the first actions that people take when they are feeling anxious or depressed. Interestingly, forcing yourself to rejoin these groups and become active and social with those around you can be a significant step in helping to alleviate the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
3. Focus on the Food
A healthy diet can help improve your brain function and give your body the nutrients that it craves to function correctly. Sometimes, consuming foods that are high in fats or sugars can make you feel better for a moment but ultimately leads to more fatigue. In contrast, healthy foods can help you feel better for hours after you consume them, as your body has the proper nutrients. Eating a nutrient-rich diet can help support your mental health from within.
4. Move Your Body
While an intensive exercise routine might be too bold a statement to make for some people, just ensuring that you get outside and get your heart rate up every day is a significant factor in fighting mental illness. In addition to allowing your body to feel better, you’ll flood your body with happy chemicals that fight anxiety and depression.
5. Consider IV Therapies
You can also support your mental health by increasing your hydration and vitamin levels. IV Therapy can be conveniently delivered to your home, so simply making the phone call is all you need to do. Professional medical staff are trained to provide the IV and can work with you to ensure that the right mix of nutrients is delivered to maximize the impact for you.
Don’t Wait for Treatment
If you recognize the signs or symptoms of mental illness, waiting until tomorrow can be too long. If you’re in immediate need, SAMHSA’s national helpline is available 24/7. Remember, don’t hesitate to speak to your doctor if you need help fighting back against anxiety and depression. They can work with you to get you back to feeling your best!