15 tips for men: how to pick yourself up when things get tough

We asked men on Instagram ‘what do you do to reach out when you are having a hard time?’ Here is what they had to say...

Tips for men

**Coronavirus outbreak: please follow the tips below in line with the latest government advice. This will differ depending on where you live. Read the up to date guidance here.

  1. Reach out - chat to a mate when you start to hide yourself away
  2. Be listened to - have a chat and get it off your chest 
  3. Follow social media accounts that you can relate to 
  4. Have a chat with someone who will listen and not ‘fix’ – a mate, colleague, family or a helpline
  5. Keep up with your routine - or add new structure to your day 
  6. Get outside for a short walk  
  7. Make a motivational playlist 
  8. Read a motivational or inspirational quote - to get perspective 
  9. Do something new like volunteering
  10. Take up a new hobby 
  11. Get out of your comfort zone - feel a sense of achievement from this 
  12. Stop and pause – take time to check in with your head by using mindfulness, writing or meditation 
  13. Focus on breathing – breathe in and out slowly for 3 minutes 
  14. Switch off – in a way that works for you, with a book, film, video game etc. 
  15. Ask a mate how they are – doing something for a mate can make you feel better  

Are there any tips that aren’t on the list that help you? If yes, get in touch and tell us about them. 

If you are feeling overwhelmed and want to be listened to then The Calm Zone are specifically here for men. They are available on 0800 58 58 58 from 5pm to midnight 365 days a year. They also have a webchat. You can find out more about what they do for men’s mental health at thecalmzone.net