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Physical Health

You have responsibilities now, so it’s probably best if you put down that can of beer and bag of crisps and start looking after yourself. Yes, Man, you can do this!

Being a Dad can be exhausting work. You need to get or stay in shape for that kick around in the garden or last-minute dash down the road before the supermarket shuts. Your children and your missus will thank you for it, so take action. Let’s go!

Wellness myths

Prevention is better than cure, right? So getting into some good habits should increase the chances of you staying fit and healthy. We’re not talking about a personal revolution, just making little changes to your lifestyle that could have a big impact.  

The trouble is, wellness is big business, and Men are under constant bombardment from promotions offering various products, anything from and cures for hair loss to erectile dysfunction. Don’t believe the hype; there are plenty of things you can do without pulling out the credit card.

Nutrition and exercise

Eating better and exercising more sounds simple, but it can be hard to adopt a new regime. Make little changes every day, and you’ll soon feel better.

To help you, here are some top tips:

  • Watch what you eat, choose healthier options and reduce portion sizes
  • Exercise every day, either by walking or working out
  • Get away from the laptop and head outdoors once a day
  • Why not try more vegetarian or vegan options?

Don’t rush out and spend money on expensive supplements; focus on achieving a balanced diet with more healthy food and less sugar, alcohol and processed products. You can then take it to the next level by consulting a nutritionist to see if your body lacks any vitamins or minerals.

Health checks

Many men don’t like going to the doctor. Still, you owe it to your family to get any issues looked at by a medical professional. Heart disease and prostate and testicular cancer are common killers, so get yourself checked out!

What is ManDad doing about Physical Health?

Over the coming months, you will see more information here.  

We’re going to dive deep into physical health, covering topics including aspects of health, what ‘wellness’ looks like and how we can prevent disease.  

We’ll have information here regarding medical conditions and advice on what to do and where to go to get yourself checked out. We’ll look at medical and holistic offerings, as well as NHS and private settings.  

Nutrition is more important that exercise. You what? – yes, what you put in your mouth impacts you in so many ways and so we’ll drill down on nutritional information. Macro and micronutrients, vitamins, minerals, meat v plant-based, and supplementation.

Trigger warning

We’re also going to cover smoking, alcohol, drugs (prescription and recreational), sex, and elsewhere in the site, other addictive behaviours such as gambling, pornography, spending, stealing, internet/tech, gaming, plastic surgery, eating disorders, and risky behaviour.

Connect with us

If you have a success story concerning physical health, get in touch. Whether it’s kicking a habit, losing weight, fixing a health problem, overcoming illness – whatever it is, we’d love to hear from you.

If you are an expert or professional in the field of physical health and wellness and would like to contribute to the website or write for the magazine, then click ‘connect’ and send us a message!

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Why is this?

I Well, although we don’t like to admit it, Dads have hormones too. Our testosterone levels and oestrogen, cortisol, vasopressin, and prolactin can all change after a new baby arrives.

What should I look for?

Postnatal depression can come in many forms, so you need to look for signs in the behaviour of both you and your partner. Common symptoms can include:

  • Feelings of fear, confusion or helplessness
  • Withdrawal from family life, work or social situations
  • Indecisiveness and frustration leading to irritability and anger
  • Marital conflict and potential violence
  • Negative parenting behaviours
  • Finding it difficult to leave the house
  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Sleep problems including Insomnia
  • Feeling down and teary
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Low sex drive
  • Overeating
  • Feeling worthless
  • Inability to feel happiness
  • Problems bonding with your baby
  • Suicidal thoughts.

If you or your partner are in immediate danger, call 999 or 112.
If you or your partner need to speak with someone about how you are feeling, call your GP, or the Samaritans on 116 123 (free of charge),
Or visit www.samaritans.org
You can also email them – [email protected] (responses can take 24hrs).
Mental health concerns can also cause physical problems such as indigestion, weight loss, diarrhoea, constipation, headaches, toothaches and sickness.

How can I get help?

Whether you are Mum or Dad, the critical thing is to look for warning signs about your partner’s mental health. Remember, if your partner is suffering from a mental health issue, it's more likely that you are too.   Visit the mental health section of the NHS website — https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/ — and use the self-assessment quiz. If you have concerns, do seek help from your GP or call NHS 111 so you can access professional support.

What is ManDad doing about Mental Health?

Over the coming months, you will see more here.  

We will be providing information regarding mental health and ill-health, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, medical and holistic treatment, and we’ll be featuring personal stories in ManDad Magazine.  

Dads and Men in general need to know that it’s ok to open-up, to discuss what they’re thinking and feeling, and to ask or say, “Are you ok?”, “How are you feeling?”, “Tell me what’s going on” – a  simple question, comment, observation, or brief conversation could save a life!  

We’ll have information here regarding mental health conditions and advice on what to do and where to go to get help. We’ll look at medical and holistic offerings, as well as NHS and private settings.  

Like physical health, we’ll be looking at the role nutrition plays in mood, hormone balance and function, and mental wellness. We’ll examine the benefits of exercise and other activities such as meditation, mindfulness and yoga. And we’ll signpost you to relevant services.

Trigger warning:

We’re also going to cover smoking, alcohol, drugs (prescription and recreational), sex, and elsewhere in the site, other addictive behaviours such as gambling, pornography, spending, stealing, internet/tech, gaming, plastic surgery, eating disorders, and risky behaviour.    

Connect with us:

If you have a personal story concerning mental health, get in touch. Whether it’s identifying a concern, seeking help, saving a life, overcoming or learning to live with mental illness, or supporting a partner with mental ill-health – whatever it is, we’d love to hear from you.   Regrettably, we cannot provide 1-2-1 peer support or advise on individual cases.   If you are an expert or professional in the field of mental health and wellbeing and would like to contribute to the website or write for the magazine, then click ‘connect’ and send us a message!