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Addressing men's mental health

Depression is an emotional disturbance that affects a person's whole body and overall health. Poor mental health is listed among the leading causes of death in men. Here are five essentials to keep a man's health in check.
Jenniffer Michaelson, KSL Modified: June 17, 2014 at 2:30 pm •  Published: June 18, 2014
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Depression is an emotional disturbance that affects the whole body and overall health. Poor mental health is listed among the leading causes of death in men.

Dr. Matt Wenner said there's a simple way to examine how you're feeling: “The five essentials are a good place to start; diet, sleep, exercise, mindfulness and sociability," he said.

Wenner said physical and mental health is integrated and if a person takes care of one, the other will follow: “If you’re lacking in any of those areas, at least it’s something you can put your energies towards, it’s something you can do," he said.

Depression proves the mind and body are connected. Chemicals in the brain and stress hormones become out of balance. Finding that balance in one's life and keeping a positive attitude, are just a few of the necessities of good mental health practices: “You have to make a mental shift to be physically healthy,” he said.

Wenner advises to take a closer look at what you eat: “If we’re sitting and we’re eating processed foods, sugar, fat, and we’re not eating enough plants, fruits and vegetables, you’re going to feel horrible," he said.

And, make sure to get plenty of sleep and exercise, he said.

“Our bodies were built to move ," he said. "We weren’t built to stare at computer screens all day.”

Also, he said, live in the moment.

“One way to be mindful is to simply go out and see what your community has to offer and the experiences you can have," Wenner said. "There’s adventures all around us every day.”

Taking time to connect with your kids, he suggests.

“Don’t just parent through fear, consequences, punishments and dangling rewards in front of them," Wenner said. "Use your relationship to connect. Talk with them, guide them. Every misbehavior is an opportunity to teach and connect with your kids.”

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