On our podcast ‘Tales That Tethr’, tethr Founder & CEO Matt Zerker interviews entrepreneurs, experts, thought leaders, and regular people about what is means to be a man, the challenges that modern men face, and how to overcome challenges and live life in a more connected and authentic way.
The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
This week gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with hundreds of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe. For a partial list of activities, click here.
In addition to this partial list, tethr has developed our own list of seven commitments you can make for mental health during #MensHealthWeek….
1. FitOps Movement for Mental Health
In honour of National PTSD Awareness Day, Saturday June 26th and Sunday June 27th, FitOps challenges you to move for mental health and participate in 22 miles together. This day will symbolize and honour the 22 Veterans we lose to suicide every day. This challenge is extended to everyone, no commute is necessary, all you need to do is to register here, show up and commit to the 22 miles. You can walk, run, bike, or do whatever movement you FEEL you want to do! Don’t only commit to yourself this men’s health week, commit to the Veterans.
2. Pods Program
We all know physical and mental health contribute to our overall wellbeing. That being said, another commitment you can make during Men’s Health Week is enrolling in the next cohort of Pods, which starts June 21st. Making this commitment to yourself and honouring both your mental and emotional needs will allow you to experience real connection, accountability, and community with men who get it.
3. Commit to Clubhouse
Another commitment tethr is throwing your way is to join us Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 12pm EST for mental health hour in the Too Broke For Therapy room. Every session is an hour of connection, community, and conversations that foster growth, reflection, and vulnerability. All of which contribute to your health. Commit to taking an hour of your day to spend on your personal health and growth with people who support you, encourage you, and believe in you.
4. Testicular Cancer Physical
Men’s health week is a great reminder to yourself to prioritize proper check-ups, testicular cancer physicals being one of them. Taking the preventative measures where we can is the upmost important factor to giving our bodies a fighting chance against disease. Taking care of your body physically, mentally, and emotionally all play a factor. Paying a visit to your doctor isn’t a time consuming commitment, but it is a commitment that is essential for your health.
5. Full Week Meal Prep
It’s no secret that food and nutrition play a significant role in your overall health. Are you fuelling your body with the right nutrients it needs? If you struggle with this, here’s a suggestion for you. In honour of Men’s Health Week, tethr challenges you to meal prep for a week and notice how it changes your food choices. We often choose what is convenient when pressed for time, so setting ourselves up to make good choices regarding food mitigates the excuse of not having the time to prepare a meal. Eating properly can have many benefits on our emotional, physical, and mental state yet it's a factor of health that isn’t prioritized given our busy schedules that we are responsible to maintain. However, we can choose to set ourselves up for success by being proactive and preparing healthy and nutritious meals beforehand.
6. Daily 15 Minute Meditation
The benefits of meditation are endless, not only does it have benefits to your mental health, but to your physical health as well. The main physical benefit is that it reduces stress in the body, which can cause a lot of inflammation that leads to a domino effect on your health. Stress in the body can manifest in many different ways, it can cause anxiety, loss of appetite, even increase in appetite, poor sleep, and overall affects your health and longevity as a whole. Prioritizing 15 minutes every day to focus in on how YOU are feeling and acknowledging yourself, which is really what mediation is all about, can do wonders for both your physical and mental health. Tethr challenges you to commit to doing a 15-minute meditation every day this week, wherever your schedule allows it.
7. Join the Movement
Lastly, tethr encourages men to talk about their feelings with other men and to connect on an emotional level. So, for Men's Health Week, let people know you're a man who isn't afraid to talk about your feelings with other men. Send us a picture of yourself to our email firstname.lastname@example.org for a personalized graphic to be featured on our Instagram sharing that you are a part of the tethr movement!