As a black male growing up at home or the multiple schools I went to, no one taught us how valuable being in good health mentally, physically and spiritually is. I found this out the hard way after turning 18. As I struggled as an adult, I did not comprehend or was even aware that my mental and physical health was greatly diminishing year after year. Being a young parent, struggling with paying bills on my own, dealing with relationship issues and trying to find a job, my health was decreasing. I also didn’t understand how bad health could influence my depression and I simply made bad decisions. When everything seems too hard to do, I would give up and eat out of control, and constantly had a bad mindset about myself.
Two and half years ago something came over me. I was 318 pounds and demoralized. I finally started taking the necessary steps to get in shape physically. To my surprise I had no idea whatsoever that mentally I was starting to feel better, my decision making was getting better, I was able to think more clearly, control my emotions and be more assertive.
Prioritizing my health each day is something that means so much to me. Honestly, I feel I cannot function at a high level if my health is not in great shape. I still have a long road ahead of me, but I want to transform my life into a healthy lifestyle.
“We must change the mindset that men should have to tough it out.”
Prioritizing men’s health is very important especially nowadays when men are at a higher health risk. We must change the mindset that men should have to tough it out. Real men make their health a priority.
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“If we are at our lows, it is very important that we reach out for help, get advice and look out for each other…”
Prioritizing men’s health to me means being able to look out for each other at our highs and lows. Many of us are taught to be lone wolves and do stuff on our own, which I have no problem with! If we are at our lows, it is very important that we reach out for help, get advice and look out for each other because many of us could be on our last leg before giving up. And that’s something we don’t need. Too many of us see other men succeeding, and once they’re at their weak spot, we watch them drown. This needs to change!
“…men are not perfect and have problems too.”
To me, prioritizing men’s health means:
- Recognizing the problems that men face daily and the impact of those problems.
- Realizing that men are not perfect and have problems too.
- Learning how to adapt if not to fix the problems that men must deal with.