This year’s focus:
Everybody’s mental health has been challenged by the lockdowns and insecurities of the last year and it’s not over. As we emerge from what we hope will be the worst of the pandemic, questions, concerns and anxieties remain. Men’s Health Week 2021 (14-20 June) asks: how do we move forward?
Why not try the Can Do Challenge?
Every day, a different way
The five ways are:
- Connect – connect with other people (eg. call an old friend you haven’t since before lockdown) #connectmonday
- (Be) Active – move your body (eg. go for a run/walk/swim/dance/etc) #activetuesday
- Notice – take notice of the environment around you (eg. turn off your phone for an hour) #noticewednesday
- Discover – learn something new (eg. read a book you haven’t read before) #discoverthursday
- Offer (or give) – do something for someone else (eg. volunteer for a local community group) #offerfriday
Do you need some idea?
Tips to keeping healthy
- Contact your doctor when you are ill. Men are less to go then women. Book in for a regular check up to find out your weight, blood pressure and cholesterol. If you are between 40 – 74 years old, you can get this done through Healthy Sandwell. Please note, there may be changes to the service due to COVID 19.
- Eat a balanced diet, reducing salt, sugar and fats. See Change4Life for recipe ideas.
- Keep active. See NHS Move More and Healthy Sandwell (#movemoreSandwell section) for tips on keeping fit.
- Maintain a healthy waist. If more than 40 inches it can lead to type 2 diabetes, strokes and heart disease.
- Reduce or stop unhealthy habits such as smoking and drinking.
- Stress, try to reduce your stress levels. For advice see Every Mind Matters.
For useful resources please see Men’s Health Forum
For useful resources please see Blue Ribbon Foundation