If you weren’t already aware, June is Men’s Health Awareness Month, a period dedicated to drawing attention to health issues affecting men such as prostate and testicular cancers, suicide prevention, and mental health.
Here at FITLIGHT we are dedicated to shining the light on the men in our incredible community.
According to Mental Health America, six million men suffer from depression each year, and/but many of them often go undiagnosed. Men are more likely to report fatigue and irritability than feelings of sadness and worthlessness.
Suicide is a leading cause of death for men and the rate of suicide amongst men is four times higher than women. Men are also three times more likely to be alcohol dependent and have a substance use disorder. Eating disorders are another issue men suffer with in silence. About 10% of patients with anorexia and bulimia are men and about 35% of those with binge-eating disorder.
How can we bind together to help this statistic? The first step is education. It is critical to recognize that conditions such as mental illness and aging contribute to mental decay.
Here’s the good news
Losing control over your cognitive functions can be hard, but it doesn’t need to happen. There is a way to avoid cognitive decline, and all it involves is training your mind. Modern neuroscience has managed to prove beyond any shred of doubt that our brains are malleable like plastic and we, in fact, all have to ability to modify the structure and functions of our brains.
In order to remain in a constant state of connectedness regardless of whether you’re 30, 50 or 80 years old, you need to push your mind to learn something new each day. There is nothing more stimulating for your synapses than being put at work.
This is easily achievable with two lights which you can pull out at any time point in your day, connect them to your app and give your brain a workout. All it takes is two and you can be increasing your peripheral vision, decreasing your reaction time and improving your cognitive skills to have a better performing brain throughout your life.
If you or someone you love are slipping down the slope of mental illness, take action now. Explore the possibilities given by brain training and build a better tomorrow.