Helping Dads to Live Life Well

Father’s Day brings us the opportunity to reflect on the challenges facing men’s physical, mental and emotional health. 

Men’s bodies have unique and particular needs, which must be properly addressed so that they can live life to the fullest. We have curated some essential information and resources that deal with male health and the support and upliftment thereof, so that we can work together to ensure that our male loved-ones are living life well.

PHYSICAL HEALTH

Men and women have physical and biological differences, which means that we need to maintain our health in unique ways. There are a number of vitamins and minerals that men should supplement with in order to keep everything functioning as it should. Luckily Wellness Warehouse has a selection of specially formulated men's health products so that you can easily access the products and supplements that you or the men in your life may need.

SHOP MEN’S HEALTH PRODUCTS

There are also several tests and screenings that are essential for monitoring and maintaining a healthy male body. Below are some resources that list important health checks for men:

You can also check out our article on Men’s Wellbeing After 40 which discusses the importance of hormones and hormonal imbalance in men.

MENTAL HEALTH

Men are vulnerable to a number of serious mental health problems that need to be understood and spoken about so that seeking help can become destigmatised and normalised. Unconditional strength is too heavy of a burden for any human being. The more we open up the dialogue about male mental health, the more we are able to support and encourage the strong, brave and beautiful men in our lives to take care of themselves as they would take care of their loved ones.

Men’s Mental Health - Recommended Reading

Ever Heard of Perinatal Depression - in Men? 

Perinatal depression (this includes both prenatal and postpartum depression) is a very real condition that affects millions of mothers around the world. However, a little-known fact is that men are also vulnerable.

Perinatal depression is a type of mood disorder associated with childbirth. Symptoms can be emotional, behavioural and cognitive, and may include:

  • Low energy
  • Anxiety
  • Changes in sleeping or eating patterns 
  • Irritability
  • Periods of crying 
  • Extreme sadness and depression
  • Trouble bonding with the baby
  • Poor self-care

A parent that is suffering from perinatal depression may feel that they are not capable of caring for their child, and, in serious cases, psychosis may develop which could lead to parents experiencing thoughts of harming their child. Treatment includes psychotherapy, psychiatric medication, community support and talk therapy. This is a very serious issue, and it is essential that we look out for any worrying symptoms in soon-to-be and new parents.

Below are some resources which discuss perinatal depression in men:

TED TALKS

There are a number of brilliant and entertaining TED Talks that explore issues surrounding men and men’s health, as well as the societal expectations that are placed on men: 

This is a conversation that we need to be having as a society so that men can access the support, love and encouragement that they need to live life well.