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How to support a man with Anxiety and Depression

Updated: Jun 30

We all know someone who seems to have the weight of the world on their shoulders. If that someone is a man in your life - whether he's your partner, brother, father, or friend—understanding how to support him through anxiety and depression can feel like a daunting task. But it’s important to remember that you don’t have to have all the answers; just being there can make a world of difference.

Recognizing the Struggles

Men often struggle silently with their mental health. Throughout generations men have been taught to be strong and keep emotions in check, which makes it harder for them to open up about anxiety or depression. Here are some signs to look out for:

  • Restlessness and Irritability: He seems on edge or gets annoyed easily.

  • Constant Fatigue: No matter how much he sleeps, he always looks tired.

  • Loss of Interest: Activities he once enjoyed now seem like a chore.

  • Changes in Appetite: Noticeable weight loss or gain.

  • Negative Self-Talk: Frequent self-criticism or expressions of worthlessness.

Opening Up the Conversation

Starting a conversation about mental health can be tricky. Here are some tips to help you navigate it:

  • Create a Safe Space: Let him know it’s okay to talk and that you're there to listen without judgment.

  • Be Patient: He might not open up right away, and that’s okay. Give him time.

  • Express Concern: Gently let him know you’ve noticed changes and that you care about his wellbeing.

Encouraging Professional Help

Getting professional help can be a game-changer. Here’s how to encourage him:

  • Normalise Seeking Support : Let him know that seeking support is no different from seeing a doctor for physical health.

  • Provide Resources: Share information about programs like Men's Circles and Support Groups, Men's Retreats, Alternative Therapies like Kinesiology, Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy.

  • Offer Support: Help him find a program he is interested in and even accompany him to appointments if he’s comfortable with it.

Exploring Alternative Health Therapies

Beyond traditional therapy, there are other ways to support mental health. Alternative therapies can offer additional support:

Therapies that work with the subconscious are great for men. Kinesiology works with the subconscious to identify and clear core patterns that are triggering the anxiety and depression. Often this can stem from suppressed emotions or a traumatic event. Kinesiology is great for men as there is less talking and more learning new techniques to move forward to change how you feel and respond.

Mindfulness and Meditation

Encourage him to try mindfulness practices. Simple techniques like deep breathing or guided meditations can help calm the mind and reduce anxiety. Guided meditations are great for men who have not explored meditation before.

Physical Activity

Exercise is a natural mood booster. Even a short daily walk can help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Other physical activity that is helpful to shift how you feel is boxing or martial arts.

Diet and Nutrition

Encourage a balanced diet rich in whole foods. Reducing caffeine and sugar can also make a big difference in mood stability. The same is important to reduce alcohol intake or any other mood altering substances.

Joining a Men's Mental Health Retreat

Sometimes, a change of scenery and a break from daily stresses can work wonders. This is where a retreat can be incredibly beneficial. At Alchemy of Men, we offer retreats designed specifically for men to address mental health in a supportive, understanding environment.

What to Expect at an Alchemy of Men Retreat

  • Learning and Growth : Led by qualified facilitators who specialise in anxiety depression and trauma our program focus is on mental health, self-care, and practical strategies for managing anxiety and depression. You will learn new tools to change how you feel each day.

  • Group Support: Being with others who understand what he’s going through can create a sense of camaraderie and reduce feelings of isolation.

  • Holistic Approach : Our retreats incorporate a range of activities including but not limited to rites of passage, breathwork, drum meditation, fire circle and more...

Being There for the Long Haul

Supporting someone with anxiety and depression isn’t a one-time thing. Here’s how you can keep being there:

  • Regular Check-Ins: Keep the conversation going. Ask how he’s doing and listen.

  • Celebrate Progress: Even small steps forward are worth celebrating.

  • Understand the Ups and Downs: There will be good days and bad days. Your ongoing support is crucial.

  • Get Involved: Many programs include partners and friends to get involved.

  • Looking After Yourself: The old saying you must help yourself before helping someone else. Often when supporting a man with anxiety and depression you can be activated into your emotions of feeling unsupported. Kinesiology at Heart Connection offers individual and couples sessions so that you are learning and growing together.

Conclusion (How to Support a Man with Anxiety and Depression)

Helping a man with anxiety and depression takes patience, understanding, and a willingness to explore different avenues of support. Whether it's through open conversations, professional help, alternative therapies, or attending a retreat like the Alchemy of Men Retreat, your support can make a significant difference.

Call to Action: Ready to help your loved one take the next step? Learn more about our transformative retreats and online programs at Alchemy of Men. Reach out today to find out how we can support the men in your life on their journey to better mental health.

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How to Support a Man with Anxiety and Depression

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