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Statistics about men's health that might surprise you

In the UK, 1 man in 5 dies before the age of 65.

Just let that sink in. 

According to the Men's Health Forum, 19% of men will die before they retire. Shocking, right? Especially as life expectancy increases across the board, you would think that more men would at least reach retirement. 

So if you're sat at your desk right now, thinking that life hasn't panned out the way you'd expected it to, perhaps now is the time to do something about it.

This week (Thursday 19th November) we celebrate International Men's Day, an annual celebration of the achievements and contributions of the men in our community, and rightly so. While a lot of conversations I hear argue that historically, men have had their fair share of the limelight, it is doing a huge disservice to the men and boys of today - overlooking the valued contributions they make to our lives. 

The theme of this year's Men's Day is "Better Health for Men and Boys", so we want to look at exactly why there's a disparity between the health of men and women, and what we can do about it.

One of the issues that many of our clients face is finding themselves with a life that doesn't match up to expectations after doing all of the things that they thought they should be doing; working your way up in your company, settling down and buying the house and family car and so on.

Traditionally, men were seen as the providers, and while that's not necessarily the norm anymore, it doesn't mean that the pressure to provide isn't internalised. Other societal pressures, such as 'being strong' also come into play, and are part of the reason why men often don't ask for help, but suffer quietly under the burden of their responsibilities. 

Prostate cancer, the most common cancer for men in the UK, is so prevalent due to the fact that men are often hesitant to consult a doctor when something doesn't feel right. In fact, in 2016, Orlando Health found the number one reason why men put off a trip to the doctors was that they were too busy.

But what can we do about it?

At The Work Life Revolution, we believe that everyone deserves to live a life that they love, and we want to help people to find theirs. Part of that work is about connecting with yourself and understanding what that life looks like. What's truly important to you. And part of it is about respecting yourself enough to give yourself that life. A life where you are inspired and passionate, healthy and active and have a work life balance that means you're never 'too busy'.

If we can change the way that you see your life, and your role within it, we can change the way that you experience life so that you can get much, much more out of it! To find out more about how our programmes can help you, read about them here.

 

 

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