As men, we want to appear strong, healthy and confident. Masculinity means a lot to us, no matter which way you look at it.
However, in order to really feel healthy, masculine and, well, confident, we have to take a few steps along the way. These primarily relate to our health.
It’s no surprise that many of us avoid visiting the doctors, even when we have an inkling that something might be amiss. In recent years, male health and mental health has gained momentum in the media, encouraging us to open up more.
So, why am I here? Well, I’m here to share some crucial men’s health facts, and of course, raise further awareness. Now, let’s jump right in.
1. It’s crucial that you cop a feel (of your balls)
Many of us are renowned for ignoring the GP, even when we think there might be cause for concern. But I’m here to tell you why giving your testicles a good feel in the shower could save your life.
But, just in case you don’t know how, here’s a step-by-guide for checking your balls:
- Stand in front of a mirror where possible, so you can see as well as feel what you’re doing
- Start with one testicle, gently rolling it between your fingers and thumbs
- Don’t forget to feel the underside of the scrotum
- Complete this self-examination on the other testicle
If you’re wondering why this is so important, allow me to explain. A quick check of your testicles takes just a couple of minutes, but can help you to quickly detect any abnormalities down below.
Remember, during this self-check, you shouldn’t feel any discomfort or pain. If you do, it’s time to head to the doctor. During this examination, here’s what you need to look out for:
- Any sort of lump or swelling in the testicles
- Change in size or shape
- Any changes in the consistency or feel of the testicles
2. Friendships are important
If the last 18 months have taught us anything, it’s that our relationships matter.
With many of us have been stuck indoors, technology has allowed us to remain close to friends and family. As things have lifted, this importance has remained. Not only have these friendships kept us sane in troubling times, but they also help to build strength and self-confidence.
There’s nothing quite like having a catch up with friends after a stressful week. Of course, we all have busy lives, but taking the time to have some ‘man time’ is much needed for our mental health.
Believe me, time with other men – whether friends or family members – is good for you. Spending time with friends is a great act of looking after yourself, and looking out for them, too. These plans don’t have to be elaborate or expensive either, it could just be a quick beer after work, a workout together at the gym or time chilling at home.
3. Opening up to friends/loved ones is key
As we touched upon above, meeting up with your friends is important – much like the opportunity to open up to them. Strong friendships play a key role in your overall wellbeing, helping to alleviate stress and put your mind at ease.
Whether you’re worried about work, home life, your family, or something in between, talking through your problems can help to tackle the issue head-on before it feels 10x worse.
As men, we often feel as though we can’t open up, or prefer to hide our problems. Let me tell you, even just a quick vent with a friend can work wonders!
4. Exercise for your mental health
Of course, regular exercise helps to keep your physical health in good working order, but your mental health also benefits. Whether you prefer to head outdoors for a run, do a home workout or go to the gym, exercising regularly can improve not only physical strength, but also your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
On top of that, regular exercise gets those all-important endorphins flowing (aka the happy hormone), which can make a considerable impact on your overall mood and wellbeing.
5. Getting your prostate examined is important
Right, guys. Now, I totally get that you don’t want to go to the GP at all, let alone to get your prostate checked. Unfortunately, few cases of prostate cancer are detected early, since so many guys avoid this quick visit to the doctors.
If anything, that makes getting checked out even more important! But when should you get your prostate checked? It is recommended that men have regular prostate check-ups from 50 years of age, with men of African or Caribbean ancestry should receive regular check-ups from 45.
A few minutes of awkwardness with your doctor can significantly improve your prostate or testicular cancer prognosis. Bite the bullet, guys.
6. Every guy’s junk is different
It’s easy to beat ourselves up about what our junk looks like, but I’m here to tell you, no man’s junk is exactly the same!
Whether you’re worrying yourself about the color, size, shape or even how it works, you won’t be alone in wondering ‘does everyone else’s look like mine?’ and the answer is: Nope!
If you find yourself feeling anxious about morning glory, or not being unable to get hard again right after sex – you’re not alone.
7. Increasing your sex drive naturally IS possible
Concerned about your performance in the bedroom? The truth is, there are a variety of factors that may be affecting your ability to get hard, stay hard and perform in the sack.
Whether it’s health-related – such as your weight – or performance anxiety, you’re not alone in your concerns. Thankfully, increasing your drive and fighting back against erectile dysfunction is 100% possible – and can be done 100% naturally. Enter Viasil.
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