For men, mindfulness is about performance

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Tech tool helps men manage emotional health.

Men tend to have a more difficult time opening up, seeking help and coping with their mental health than women. That is no less true in the pandemic and the resulting recession.

A study released last month commissioned by Movember and carried out by the Social Research Centre revealed that 49 per cent of men sought help with COVID-19 life changes compared to 58 per cent of women. 27 per cent of men reported a worsening of mental health under the pandemic. As well, 40 per cent say no one has asked how they’re coping during this crisis.

The study was comprised of 1,430 Canadians, including 794 men aged 18 or older. It formed part of a larger study comprised of 5,700 respondents from the U.K., U.S. and Australia.

“None of this is necessarily new data, I think it’s just exacerbated what we know about men in terms of their health behaviours,” says Geoff Soloway, the creator of the mindfulness service Mindwell-U.

In Canada, this week is national Men’s Health Week, so it’s worth taking a look specifically at how they might be coping now.

Naturally, Soloway believes that practicing mindfulness can help with some of the issues men, and everyone else, are facing in the pandemic. His core technique is known as ‘Take5,’ and it essentially boils down to taking ten minutes to take stock of the emotions running through our heads, destress and refocus.

Soloway has had men come to the site because they were truly suffering and wanted help, and he’s also had men take part simply out of a desire to improve at their workplace or in their family life. Whatever the case, Soloway is very specific in how he reaches out towards men.

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Source: Nicholas Sokic | Healthing

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