As someone inflexible and injured, I went to yoga hoping it would provide physical benefits. Over the course of several months it completely transformed my body – it became lighter, adaptable, pain free, more grounded – yet the real surprise came with how profoundly my mental wellbeing changed, along with my approach to mental health issues.
Mental health concerns have recently become a worldwide epidemic. A new report by McKinsey indicates this trend: nearly half of jobless Americans say health issues are the main reason they cannot find employment, according to an overview that polled 5,000 Americans. Of these respondents, 37% had either been diagnosed with or sought treatment for mental health conditions.
Dr. Margot O’Donnell, a therapist in Philadelphia, noted that men were half as likely to be diagnosed with depression but twice as likely with alcohol addiction than female patients. Additionally, young males are twice more likely to exhibit chemical imbalance range confusion ADHD behavioral addictions like betting gaming and sexual addictions when compared with female counterparts. Men also tend to commit self-destruction more easily and act out aggressively towards others; recent patterns seem to show this change possibly as a result of less social stigma surrounding seeking help along with shifting social norms regarding orientation assumptions for all populations.
O’Donnell notes the rise of men of all ages seeking help for symptoms related to distress, unhappiness and addictions. According to new reports, more men experience stress as single workers than similarly-situated female workers do; moreover they’re experiencing more exhaustion after becoming fathers as well as increased rates of despair and tension as a result.
O’Donnell asserts that men can benefit greatly from practicing yoga for mental health purposes, including drive control, increased awareness of their interior lives and distress resistance as well as thought dissemination (removing thoughts from one’s considerations). Even for those without mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or bipolarity a yoga practice can prove useful.
My yoga practice helped me first understand my need to focus on my mental wellbeing. Once I observed its balance, yoga helped take it one step further to bring about increased mental wellness.
Here is how yoga can assist men in maintaining good mental health:
One of the best ways for men to manage their mental health is taking full ownership for it. Although it may be tempting to blame external influences for our struggles, taking full responsibility gives a sense of ownership for your own wellbeing – you can use challenges as opportunities and strength your resolve with each success or setback you encounter along the way.
Yoga helps us maintain responsibility by following within safe limits. At the beginning of a class, you begin by setting out an intentional breathing method: deep inhalations and exhalation through your nose for up to 100 breaths every minute or so for one full practice. If you find yourself breathing heavily again too soon after getting winded, just wait a bit before restarting; otherwise you could end up pushing beyond what’s healthy!
Poses provide tangible landmarks to track your own progression safely. By engaging in physical practice, men can gain greater mental stability.
Vulnerability Men remain constrained by an outdated sense of trust in our culture that dictates they keep their emotions and troubles to themselves.
Yoga allows us to find meaning in being Helpless by openning ourselves both physically and mentally. It encourages us to be vulnerable, to open ourselves up to others when needed and be honest when needed – especially during moments when we need closure or quiet. Backbends are poses that promote greater malleability in areas of the spine that tend to be rigid.
People tend to take longer in getting serious about their mental health and how it impacts them when it is troubling, which in turn trains men on how to take action when things become challenging. Over time, this cycle unravels off the mat – training men to recognize when something bothers them mentally or emotionally and make steps to address these concerns directly.
Confidence And Positivity
Men tend to push themselves harder with their work ethic in every aspect of their life: careers, sports or personal relationships – from pushing through work deadlines to reaching goals more ambitiously than other people do – which is an admirable trait when used positively; however it often results in feelings of scarcity or inadequacy, leading them to perceive the world with pessimism instead.
A great yoga instructor builds your confidence by acknowledging even small successes on your mat and supporting you through difficulties and disappointments as you advance in practice. Yoga creates strength, tones the body in ways that build self-esteem and fosters hopefulness over time – ultimately leading men toward being physically stronger but mentally strong as well.
Self-Awareness And Delayed Gratification
Men can quickly fall prey to our culture of instant gratification. Instead of confronting their issues head-on, it may be easier for them to find distraction through various stimuli which quickly lead to despondency and feeling under-accomplished.
Simply attending a yoga class is one step toward investing in your future health. In yoga, you learn to control your breathing and observe thoughts without judgment – these techniques also help control physical exertion; if you feel as if you’ve gone too far on an activity or journey, your breath may even help manage this aspect of it all! When winded, therapeutic versions of poses may provide relief; such exercises help men stop and respond more appropriately, rather than acting reactively.
Men can often make light of themselves when speaking about mental health issues, yet many experience deeper, more painful emotions when managing them.
Adjusting to your breath and focusing on your arrangement while practicing yoga requires that you acknowledge yourself at every stage of development at that moment in time, including both assets and deficiencies. Yoga philosophy helps us see imperfections as signs of beauty; considering them to be part of what makes us unique individuals. Yoga also reminds us that intense moments are inevitable and training helps bring these intense emotions out onto the mat so they can be addressed through practice and managed more easily.
For men, decisiveness is ultimately important for moving from point A to B. They require goals and clear limits that demonstrate they’re on the correct path; similarly mental health impairment often makes this task challenging and debilitating.
An effective yoga practice means finding an instructor that helps ensure their efforts on the mat bear fruit. By practicing poses, you’re called upon to make decisions based on clear benchmarks; yoga allows men to experimentation while helping them recognize when to push forward or back off.
Men tend to strive for self-adequacy and this can become problematic when taken to extremes, leading them down paths of isolation and discontentment with society and relationships.
Yoga teaches men that there’s tremendous power in practicing together in a group, especially if that group consists of encouraging, accepting and supportive individuals. You gain from each other, form fellowships that deepen familiarity of yoga standards both on and off the mat. By working on yourself together in this manner you may discover greater vigilance towards improving yourself individually.
Men must create and work towards developing an ongoing mental health routine in order to enjoy a fulfilling life. Yoga provides an ideal means of self-care that can contribute significantly to mental wellbeing.