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In recent years, the importance of men’s mental health has gained recognition, bringing much-needed attention to a subject that has long been overlooked. The journey towards mental regeneration is crucial for men to reclaim their wellbeing and thrive in all aspects of life.

Regeneration implies a process of renewal and restoration, and it’s an apt concept when discussing men’s mental health. Traditional notions of masculinity often discourage emotional expression, leading to a suppression of feelings. However, regeneration can only begin when men acknowledge the importance of their mental health and take steps towards healing.

A vital aspect of mental regeneration is fostering emotional intelligence; recognising and embracing emotions, and understanding that vulnerability can be a strength, not a weakness. Men should be encouraged to seek professional help when needed, as well as discuss issues with partners who can offer impartial, balanced advice.

Whenever a patient consults me about mental health issues, we start by considering certain lifestyle changes that would help.

“Traditional notions of masculinity often discourage emotional expression”

  • Move your body
    Regular exercise has hugely positive effects on mental wellbeing. Engaging in activities such as jogging, weightlifting, or yoga can reduce stress, boost mood, and improve mental clarity
  • Eat well
    Proper nutrition is crucial for mental regeneration. A balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins provides essential nutrients that support brain function and mood regulation. Avoiding excessive consumption of processed foods, refined sugars, and alcohol can also contribute to stable mental health
  • Sleep
    You can’t beat sleep! As well as reducing alcohol intake, optimising nutrition and exercising regularly, a consistent bedtime and pre-sleep routine will help. Avoiding caffeine after lunch and, in some cases, certain supplements can improve sleep quality
  • Reduce doom-scrolling
    Another aspect to consider is the impact of technology on mental wellbeing. Excessive screen time, particularly engaging in mindless scrolling through social media, can negatively affect your thought patterns. Prioritise setting boundaries, taking breaks from screens, and engaging in tech-free activities that foster connection with others and the natural world
  • Mindfulness
    Incorporating mindfulness and stress reduction techniques into daily life can contribute to mental regeneration. Mindfulness practices, such as meditation and deep breathing exercises can help manage stress, enhance focus, and cultivate a greater sense of self-awareness. Finding activities that bring joy and relaxation, such as hobbies, creative outlets, or spending time in nature can also contribute to mental wellbeing
  • Positive social connections
    Lastly, fostering healthy relationships and social connections is vital for men’s mental health. Building a support network of trusted mates who provide emotional support, encouragement, and understanding can be invaluable.Engaging in meaningful conversations and seeking social connection helps to combat feelings of isolation and promotes a sense of belonging
  • Let’s strive to create a society that encourages men to prioritise their mental health, ensuring a brighter and healthier future for all. I see many men for mental wellness – please seek support and don’t be afraid to come and talk about it.

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Dr Neil Forrest is based at Osler Health Star Vista. If you have never visited Osler Health before you are welcome to go to Google Business reviews to see what others think.