Men’s Health Week is a national awareness week held from the 10th-16th June to promote men’s health and wellbeing by encouraging men to take care of both, their physical and mental health. It is a reminder of the importance of proactively addressing and managing health issues by encouraging men to take charge of their wellbeing, make informed decisions about their lifestyle choices and seek appropriate medical support when needed.

Supporting Men’s Health: Mind, Body, Gym

Health and wellbeing are important to everybody, but unfortunately men tend to be in worse health than women due to not seeking the physical and mental health they need. According to the Mental Health Foundation, approximately 1-in-8 men have a common mental health problem such as anxiety, stress, or depression. This is sadly down to some men feeling uncomfortable in discussing their problems openly. According to recent statistics, 40% of men will not talk about their mental health with their friends or family. Therefore, many individuals suffer in silence. The important thing is to address is, you are not alone. Many other people are going through the same emotions and are struggling to find the best way to cope.

At Revival Health & Wellbeing Centre, we want to take a moment to highlight the importance of prioritising men’s health. We understand that men’s health issues often go unspoken and untreated, leading to more serious consequences. That is why we are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for men to address their physical and mental wellbeing. Our team of experts offers a range of services, including Psychology, Counselling, Mindfulness, Personal Training, Acupuncture, Physiotherapy, Kinesiology, Tai Chi, Holistic Therapy, Bowen Therapy and much more. We hold the utmost discretion and respect our patients’ privacy under a high duty of care, ensuring that every individual feels comfortable and supported on their journey towards better health.

In this special week, our Personal Trainer, Glen Smith and our Mindfulness Coach, Alan Muskett have joined forces to raise awareness about the importance of men’s health. Glen knows that exercise is just one part of the equation, and as a mindfulness coach, Alan understands the importance of mental health. Together, they’re sharing their top tips and advice to help you prioritise your overall health and wellbeing. Please take a few minutes to read their valuable insights and start making positive changes in your life today – your body and mind will thank you!

Physical Health by Glen Smith

It is no secret that men are at higher risk of many illnesses including, heart disease and lung disease, not to mention high blood pressure and joint immobility. Taking regular exercise will lower the risk of such diseases by 75%, so remember prevention is always better than the cure. This is why men’s health and wellness is something that should be taken seriously. We all know the best way to stay healthy is to exercise on a daily basis and eat a balanced diet, but this doesn’t mean you have to make huge lifestyle changes in order to achieve this. You can start by simply going for a brisk walk once a day and cutting down on sugary drinks and snacks. Replace fried foods with vegetables and drink plenty of water. Another positive step towards total health is to join a gym and work with resistance weights or in list the guidance of a personal trainer. Think of your body as a racing car, it has to be regularly maintained with the correct amount of fuel to produce peak performance.

Revival comments: “If you would like to discuss gym membership options or personal training with Glen, please get in touch today https://revival-health.co.uk/contact-us/

– Revival: Our Mental Health Team – 

At Revival Health and Wellbeing we provide a safe supporting environment where you can enter into open dialogue without fear of judgment or discrimination. Mental health conditions are common and seeking treatment is a sign of strength, not weakness. Ultimately, by investing in our mental health, we invest in a brighter future.

Philippa Capel – Psychologist

Hi I’m Philippa Capel. I am a qualified, chartered, HCPC registered psychologist with over 15 years of experience working in the NHS, offering therapy to support people to recover from life events that have left them struggling with their mental health. This has given me a wealth of experience and knowledge that I can draw on to support you to grow and recover, as well as considering the role of your family, the past, work and the environment. Growth and change can be both exciting and scary. Whether it’s personal or external changes, I pride myself in being able to walk along side you to foster the new knowledge, skills and courage needed to develop.

Alan Muskett – Mindfulness Coach & Hypnotherapist

My name is Alan Muskett. Unlocking limiting beliefs in the mind helps you achieve more and enjoy life to the full. Even if thoughts seem negative, we can change them to be more positive and you can be more like the person you want to be. The key point is that you have the resources already, but it’s about unlocking them. My job is to guide you to find your answers and put together a mental toolkit just for you! Right Mindfulness are all about helping you to expand your potential, whatever your goals, from coping with stress and anxiety, getting over fears and phobias, or simply building your confidence.

Sarah Smith – Integrative Counsellor
I’m Sarah Smith, an integrated therapist. I aim to create a safe and welcoming place where you can feel confident to talk about what is on your mind, and where we can work together to get you back to your best. There is no doubt that there will be times when you may find it difficult to talk about yourself and your experiences. This is normal. As we work together, we will explore this, and as you grow, we may even have moments when we smile and laugh. Having fun can play an important part in our recovery, and our future growth. This space will hopefully enable you to say the things you may not have said before, test new ideas out, and slowly enable you to reorganise your intrusive or uncomfortable thoughts. More importantly, we will aim to build you to be your own inner therapist, enabling you to control those thoughts and emotions that have impacted on your wellbeing.

Jenny Powell – NLP Therapy Coach
Hi I’m Jenny Powell. I specialise in assisting youngsters in overcoming obstacles, worrying thoughts, and low self-esteem. NLP, which stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming, can help an individual through its range of of practical techniques, skills and strategies that are easy to learn and that can lead to real excellence. It is also an art and a science for success based on proven techniques that show you how your mind thinks and how your behaviour can be positively modified and improved.

Trish Draper – Counsellor
Hi I’m Trish Draper. Through professional training and personal experience, I specialise in providing counselling for bereavement and loss, and self-harm, whilst also being able to provide support in other areas. Person-Centered therapy operates on the belief that the client is inherently driven toward and has the capacity for growth and self-actualisation, relying on this to guide therapeutic change, whilst also allowing you, the client, to lead the subject of the sessions.

Mental Health by Alan Muskett

Men’s Mental Health and Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a skill which helps relieve stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain and many other of life’s health issues. As a concept it is very simple but must takes practice. It can be defined as :- Paying attention to the present moment. It is that simple to understand, but very difficult to do as our human brains are so adept at reliving the past or thinking about the future and not being here now – for approximately half of our waking lives!

Mindfulness can be done by sitting down (meditation) and being present with your breath, your environment you are in right now or sound. Or you can use it whilst you are out and about, while you are at the football, or in the pub with your mates. So often, the best moments in life are missed by an overactive and anxious mind. Would you like to train yourself to focus better and enjoy these moments, so they don’t pass by?

Men are more likely to be put off mindfulness because many think it is all hippy nonsense. It is anything but. There are stacks of scientific research to show that practising mindfulness can for example, reduce the chances of a recurring depressive episode by half. It doesn’t have to be incense sticks and Tibetan flutes. (This also puts men off!) You can meditate anywhere, in silence or with a guide such as Alan Muskett from Rightmindfulness, our resident teacher – try his 8-minute meditation, The Breathing Break via this YouTube link below. All you need is a quiet, private space and somewhere to sit down. Just go with the instructions and notice what happens.

See how you feel afterwards, even if your mind wanders during the experience. Don’t worry, everyone’s does. It is the noticing that is the mindfulness, and as you repeat the practice, you are training your brain to :-

  1. focus better on what you are doing.
  2. see your own thoughts more calmly so they don’t dominate you.

Revival comments: “If you would like to know more, please contact Alan directly at alanmuskett@rightmindfulness.co.uk

Contact Revival on 01386 792126 or info@revival-health.co.uk to see how we can help you today.

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