November is Men's Health Month, not only in South Africa but in many countries across the globe. Because of this, over the next few weeks, you may notice more facial hair sprouting up than usual.
These individuals are likely participating in Movember - a global campaign encouraging people to grow a moustache during this time. The aim is to prompt conversation and foster necessary discussion about men's mental and physical health.
Why is this so important? According to the 2019 National Cancer Registry, approximately one in 1578 South African men are diagnosed with testicular cancer annually. It also revealed that one in 15 men are at risk of developing prostate cancer. For both conditions, regular checks and early detection are crucial. This month also emphasizes the significance of mental health awareness in males.
Find out more about this rapidly growing global movement and the self-checks you can – and should – perform at home here.
Optimal health, however, isn't achieved solely by preventing disease. It's about leading a lifestyle conducive to both physical and psychological well-being. Here's what you can do to strive to become the healthiest version of yourself this Movember and beyond...
Let’s get physical
Two of the main cornerstones of good health are maintaining a nutritious diet and engaging in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week. Both of these factors have a holistic effect, influencing how you feel and perform physically and mentally. It is crucial for early cancer detection to regularly examine your testicles by gently gliding your thumb and fingers along both sides, from top to bottom, while feeling for any lumps or bumps.
Sex can play a role in your physical health, too. A passionate romping session can help lower blood pressure, boost your immune system, and burn calories. Furthermore, your partner may also detect any changes in your balls or prostate during sex, which is even more incentive to get between the sheets!
In order to preserve your physical wellbeing, it is essential to engage in safe sex to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). As a result, always ensure you're using quality protection.
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All in your head
Psychological well-being also plays a significant role in your overall health. Aside from mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety, stress is one of the biggest contributors to poor psychological health. To combat this, it’s important to have healthy coping mechanisms, such as being able to have an open dialogue about your emotional landscape, practicing mindfulness, and engaging in some self-love.
While self-love can be as simple as taking a break or washing your face, it could also refer to self-pleasure. The link between sexual satisfaction and lowered stress levels, better sleep, and an improved mood is well-documented, and the myth about developing hairy palms is just that—a myth. Basically, there’s no reason not to give yourself a regular tug!
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Physical and psychological health cannot exist in isolation; both must be addressed to achieve balance. A deficiency in one aspect will most likely impact the other. They both encompass sexual health and, by incorporating more self pleasure and satisfaction into your life, you can expect benefits for your mind and body.
In other words, bursts of exercise + self-checks + grilled over fried + explosive
orgasms = the key to a healthy life.