Updated: Mar 17
Mental wellness is crucial to overall health and well-being, yet it is often overlooked, particularly among men. In fact, men are less likely than women to seek help for mental health issues and are more likely to engage in risky behaviors that can negatively impact their mental wellness.
One of the main reasons for this disparity is the societal expectation that men should be firm and self-reliant, and not show vulnerability or weakness. This pressure to conform to traditional masculine stereotypes can lead to men bottling up their emotions and not seeking help when needed.
However, it's important to remember that mental wellness is not a sign of weakness but rather a sign of strength. Admitting that you need help and taking steps to improve your mental health is a courageous and responsible thing to do.
There are many things men can do to improve their mental wellness. For starters, it's important to prioritize self-care by getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising regularly, and managing stress. Additionally, connecting with others through social support networks, such as friends and family, can be a powerful way to improve mental wellness.
Therapy and counseling can also benefit men dealing with mental health issues. A therapist can provide a safe, non-judgmental space to explore and process emotions and help men develop coping mechanisms for dealing with stress and other challenges.
It's also essential for men to be aware of the signs of mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, and seek help if they notice any changes in their mood or behavior.
In conclusion, mental wellness is essential for overall health and well-being, and men need to prioritize it. By breaking down the stereotypes and taboos surrounding men's mental health and by taking steps to improve their mental wellness, men can lead happier, healthier lives.
Frankie E. Valle, LMHC, is the Owner and Chief Formulator of Esthete Beard Co., a men's grooming company that prioritizes mental and emotional wellness. With over a decade of experience as a Licensed Mental Counselor in Florida, Frankie is passionate about identifying real solutions to life issues and promoting healthy living through a faith-based approach. With a background as an Adjunct Professor and Consultant, he grew a small private practice into a treatment center before founding Esthete Beard Co. Check out Frankie's tips for achieving good mental, emotional, and spiritual balance in the Point Man Blost Post, where he emphasizes the importance of nurturing supportive fellowship, healthy living, and a meaningful relationship with God.