Movember: Make time for those that need it05.11.21
November is an incredibly important month for mental health as it’s when men across the world grow their facial hair for Movember. Globally 1 man dies every minute as a result of suicide. With men accounting for 75% of suicides, it’s time to take action.
On days like these, sometimes the last thing you want to do is trudge out to a supermarket and spend your afternoon cooking. Our meal prep service takes away the hassle of shopping, prepping, and cooking and leaves you with more time for both yourself and others. We want you to get the most out of life as possible, so here’s what you can do with your newfound time to make sure those you love are getting on okay in the Winter months.
How to help a close friend
Check-in with yourself
You can’t pour from a cup that’s empty. Before you try and help those closest to you, you need to make sure that you’re in a position to do so yourself and your mental health is in check.
If you’ve already got a lot going on, it will be more difficult taking on someone else’s problems and you might end up causing even more trouble for both of you. Likewise, you won’t be able to offer someone sound advice if you’re not in a healthy mental state yourself.
Make sure they know that what is said in private stays in private. If you’re going to them as a friend you are also going as a confidant and that person is discussing these issues because there is a level of trust between you. Make sure that trust is not in vain and unless you think that person is endangered if you do not tell someone else, you keep it hush.
Ask non-judgemental questions
That last thing that person wants is to feel judged, especially if they are coming to you feeling vulnerable. Allow the person to talk without interrupting them with invasive questions. Some ways that you can listen in a non-judgemental way include:
- Asking follow up questions to deepen your understanding of the situation and show that you’re listening
- Summarising what they’ve told you
- Don’t interrupt
- Keep your arms unfolded
You don’t have to solve the problem
Remember, you aren’t a trained counselor and you aren’t there to offer any therapy or professional advice. More often than not, people just want to get things off their chest and have a non-judgemental person to listen to them.
If you’re worrying that you don’t know what to say, or you don’t know how to fix their problem then don’t worry, because you don’t have to do any of these things. Make sure that you are there to listen and the person knows that you are there for support.
Things to do
If you want to get in touch with a friend or someone you know that might be suffering from mental health issues, here are some things that you can do to make contact with them:
- Send a text or make a phone call
- Get outdoors with them
- Suggest a 1-2-1 activity
- Offer to do something in an environment they feel comfortable in
Need to make a little spare time for those you care about? Sign up for our meal prep service and you’ll cut out hours of necessary tasks from your day. You’ll be enjoying healthy meal prep and have time to share with those that need your help.
by Eryn Barber
Eryn is a content writer who specialises in health and fitness articles. When she’s not writing, Eryn is helping people improve their strength and overall health as a Personal Trainer and is currently undertaking her Msc in Strength & Conditioning. You’ll usually find Eryn out on the trails running when she isn’t working.