The stigma around mental health can be a strong one, especially for men. Even with the growing awareness of mental health issues, many are still too ashamed to speak up and seek help when something goes wrong. I know this first-hand because I am a man who has had his own struggles with mental health.
I was always taught by society that my emotional state is something that I should “man up” about and that it doesn’t matter if I feel down or anxious from time to time. Eventually, these feelings became overwhelming, and it felt like there was no way out of them. After trying different strategies to cope on my own, nothing seemed to work - until a friend reached out and encouraged me to get help from a professional.
That's when I made the decision to join the gym and begin exercising regularly as part of a holistic approach towards self-care. Physically moving around helped me get out of my head and into action while providing a sense of accomplishment each day through completing exercise goals.
I eventually realized that if I wanted to be healthy and take care of myself, then exercise had to become part of my routine. Finally, after mustering up enough courage and strength, I started going regularly.
The results have been nothing short of extraordinary! Not only do I feel more confident in my own skin but also my overall health has improved immensely too. Exercise has become a form of self-care for me because it helps keep both my mental and physical wellbeing balanced.
I am now planning on using writing as an outlet for my thoughts, feelings and ideas so that they can be heard by others. This is my opportunity to express myself in a completely different way than before; It is both exciting and intimidating at the same time! I feel like this could be the start of something beautiful – or it could just be another flop of mine.