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How’s Your Heart, Bro? A Veteran Shares Simple Strategies + Tips for Men’s Health and Wellness

Listen up, fellas. It’s time to get honest about our health and wellness. Sure, we all know we should hit the gym, eat our greens and see the doc for check-ups. But what about that mushy stuff inside our heads? You know, the place where we keep all our feelings and stuff?

When was the last time we actually checked in with ourselves and our buds about how we were doing emotionally?

Society may tell us to be tough and self-sufficient, to hide our emotions behind a tough guy act. But the truth is, we all need each other’s support and connection to balance men’s health and wellness properly.

In this article, we explore the importance of men’s health and wellness beyond traditional thinking and behaviors, by prioritizing self-care, mental health, strong relationships and physical health. Men, read on for valuable strategies and tips to achieve optimal well-being, so we can lead happier, healthier lives.
 

 
 

Optimal Men’s Health and Wellness Doesn’t Mean You Have to Sacrifice Your Manhood

As men, we’re often taught to be tough and independent, to hide our emotions and struggles behind a facade of strength. But the truth is, we all need support and connection, and one of the most powerful ways we can support each other is through our friendships and brotherhoods.

However, many of us may need help figuring out where to start or what steps to take to improve our overall well-being. Here are creative and important strategies for optimizing men’s health and wellness without the fear of giving up a part of your manhood in the process.

First and foremost, it’s important to prioritize self-care. This can mean relaxing and unwinding through activities like meditation or simply sitting silently for a few minutes each day. It can also involve taking care of our bodies through regular exercise and a healthy diet.

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In addition to self-care, it’s essential to prioritize our mental health above all things. This can involve seeking professional help, coping with stress and managing emotions. Journaling or talking to a trusted friend or family member can go a long way in maintaining good mental health. The bottom line is to repurpose negative self-talk into a better vehicle and headspace.
 
 

I Love You, Man. No, For Real: The Importance of Maintaining Solid Relationships

One of the most important – and possibly overlooked – aspects of men’s health and wellness is maintaining solid relationships. This can involve bonding with male friends and colleagues through group sports or hobbies. It can also foster strong, healthy relationships with our partners and loved ones.

Oh, the mystery of the infamous bromance.

For those who may not know, a bromance is often defined as a close, platonic bond between two men. While the term “bromance” may have a bit of a silly connotation, the truth is that these close friendships can be significant for our mental and emotional health.

According to research, men with close friendships are happier, healthier, and live longer than those without. They have lower rates of anxiety and depression and are more likely to seek help when they’re struggling.

In short, having supportive and caring friendships can be a powerful source of healing and resilience for men. Of course, it’s important to remember that bromances, like any close relationship, require boundaries. It’s important to respect each other’s space and independence and to recognize when it’s time to seek professional help.
 
 

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So how can men cultivate and nurture these close, platonic bonds with other men? Think along these lines:

  • Be vulnerable: One of the keys to a healthy bromance is being open and honest with each other. This means being willing to share your struggles, fears and vulnerabilities. It takes courage to be vulnerable, but it’s also the foundation of a solid and supportive friendship
  • Practice active listening: When your friend is talking to you, give them your full attention and listen to what they’re saying. Don’t try to fix their problems, be there to support and encourage them
  • Make time for each other: Bromances require effort and attention like any relationship. So make time for each other, whether hanging out or just checking in regularly
  • Be there for each other: When your friend is going through a tough time, make sure you’re there. This might mean offering a shoulder to cry on, helping with tasks or being there to listen and support them

 

 
 

First Impressions Are Lasting Impressions

Men’s health and wellness isn’t just about our mental or physical health, but our overall lifestyle. It’s not about achieving perfection but making small, consistent changes that improve our health and well-being. This is a lifelong journey.

Unfortunately, many men are often conditioned to prioritize physical strength and success over their emotional and mental health. We’re taught to “be a man” and “suck it up,” even when we’re struggling. But the truth is, our mental and emotional health is just as important as our physical health, and ignoring it can have serious consequences.

Men can reduce stress levels by incorporating regular physical activity into our routines or finding healthy outlets for our emotions. Men must lean into each other for support and wellness checks. As friends and loved ones, we can have a powerful impact on each other’s well-being by asking, “How’s your heart, bro?”
 

“How’s your heart, bro?”

 
Of course, it’s not always easy for men to talk about their feelings and struggles. We may feel ashamed or vulnerable or not know how to express what we’re going through. Research shows that most men size each other up within seconds of meeting.

And that’s precisely why it’s so important for us to have these conversations. By opening up to each other, we can create a brave and supportive environment where it’s okay to be vulnerable and honest about our struggles.
 
 

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So how can we start these conversations and check with each other about our mental and emotional health? Here are a few tips:

  • Be direct: Ask your friends and loved ones how they’re doing and if there’s anything they want to talk about. Be specific and tell them you’re there to listen and support them
  • Be non-judgmental: Listening to each other without judging or dismissing their feelings is essential. Remember, everyone’s experience is different, and it’s not up to us to fix their problems
  • Be patient: It may take time for your friends and loved ones to open up, and that’s okay. Be patient and let them know you’re there for them whenever they’re ready to talk
  • Be proactive: Don’t wait for someone to come to you with their struggles. Instead, Check-in with your friends and loved ones regularly and offer support and encouragement whenever you can
  • Practice self-care: Be available for activities that nourish your mind, body and soul, whether exercise, meditation or spending time with loved ones
  • Seek help when needed: Don’t be afraid to seek help if you’re struggling. Many resources are available, including therapists, support groups and hotlines
  • Set boundaries: It’s essential to set boundaries with your time and energy to ensure you’re taking care of yourself. This might mean saying no to social invitations or limiting your work hours
  • Take breaks: Make sure you’re taking breaks and giving yourself time to rest and recharge

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Boys Don’t Start Emotionally Disconnected; They Become Emotionally Disconnected

Implementing these wellness strategies can help you move from feeling disconnected to more deeply connected to yourself – physically, mentally and emotionally.

It is important to understand that emotional disconnection is not a natural or inherent trait in boys or men. Instead, it is a learned behavior that may develop due to various factors, such as cultural expectations, unhealthy relationships or past trauma.

Boys are socialized from a young age to suppress their emotions and to conform to societal norms that discourage emotional expression. They may be told to “tough it out” or “man up” when faced with difficult emotions, leading them to internalize their feelings rather than express them openly.

Over time, this can lead to a disconnection from their own emotions and difficulty in understanding and responding to the emotions of others.

Additionally, boys and men may become emotionally disconnected due to negative experiences in relationships. If they have not learned healthy communication and emotional expression skills, they may struggle to effectively navigate conflicts or express their needs, leading to a breakdown in their relationships.
 

Emotional disconnection is not a permanent state and individuals can learn new coping skills and reconnect with their emotions.

 
Past trauma, such as abuse or neglect, can also contribute to emotional disconnection, as individuals may struggle to cope healthily with their emotions.

It is important to recognize that emotional disconnection is not a permanent state and that it is possible for individuals to learn new coping skills and reconnect with their emotions. This may involve seeking therapy or other forms of support to address the root causes of emotional disconnection and to develop healthy emotional expression and communication skills.
 
 

Create Brave and Supportive Environments for Optimal Men’s Health and Wellness

Men’s health and wellness strategies are essential to our overall well-being and happiness. We can lead happier, healthier lives by prioritizing self-care, mental health, strong relationships and physical health. Whether through traditional or more innovative approaches, there are many ways to improve our health and wellness as men.

The focus is always to know you are not alone, and our mental and emotional health is just as important as our physical health. By checking in with each other and taking care of ourselves, we can create a supportive and healthy environment for all men.

So, next time you see your friend or loved one, don’t be afraid to ask, “How’s your heart, bro?” You never know how much your support and care may mean to them.

All included information is not intended to treat or diagnose. The views expressed are those of the author and should be attributed solely to the author. For medical questions, please consult your healthcare provider.

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Michael Davis

Michael Davis is the CEO and Founder of Merek Security Solutions, a data privacy and cybersecurity firm focused on cognitive behavior relative to mindfulness, self-awareness, and cyberpsychology. A 22-year United States Navy veteran, Michael has worked in cybersecurity and Information Security with IBM, Boeing, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) before starting his own technology mindfulness company in Santa Fe, NM.

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