It can be difficult for men to get the support they need in a culture where talking about one’s problems is often seen as a sign of weakness. This is especially true for men who have been conditioned to believe they should be strong, self-sufficient, and emotionally resilient.
However, it’s important for men to recognize that seeking support is a sign of strength, not weakness, and it’s okay to ask for help when you need it. While it’s true that it can be difficult to find a welcoming space to share your issues, more opportunities are cropping up every day for men to find solace in their struggles.
This post outlines ways men can get support to tackle life’s challenges when it feels impossible to connect. Keep reading to learn ways you can take steps to find the right support for you.
Seek Out Supportive Relationships
One way for men to get the support they need is to seek out supportive relationships with other men. The best way to do this is to join a supportive men’s membership group like EVRYMAN. Men’s groups can provide an important outlet for men to receive support and find community.
Many men struggle with feelings of isolation, loneliness, and disconnection, and a men’s group like EVRYMAN can help alleviate these feelings by providing a sense of belonging and connection with others.
Learn more about the benefits of joining a men’s membership group here.
And, if you’re not ready to fully commit to a group membership program, you can also seek time to spend with a close friend or family member who is willing to listen and provide emotional support.
In either case, it’s important to find a group or support person who is non-judgmental, empathetic, and understanding. Someone who can provide a safe and supportive space for you to open up and talk about your problems can be transformative.
Get Expert Guidance
Therapy can be an effective way for men to work through their emotions and problems in a safe and confidential setting, and it can provide a space for men to explore their thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment.
But we understand that there are many ways to find supportive spaces where like-minded men can turn to each other for support. Joining a men’s membership, such as EVRYMAN, not only comes with a tested and science-backed method to develop coping strategies to deal with life’s many challenges but also gives you opportunities to connect with others.
For example, in November of this year, we facilitated a workshop at Amy Chan’s Renew Breakup Bootcamp. Group events, like Amy’s and EVRYMAN’s MELT retreat, offer the guided break you need to disconnect from outside pressure and connect with supportive peers and mentors who can help you work through difficult situations. In fact, our co-founder, Owen Marcus, was recently featured in a LA Times article about the benefits men can reap by attending group boot camps and retreats.
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In a group setting like a retreat, you can openly and honestly discuss your thoughts and feelings with other like-minded men, which can be therapeutic and help reduce feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression. Men’s groups also serve as a source of guidance with experts guiding you through different science-backed topics that can help you navigate the demands of work, and family, or cope with personal struggles.
While men are often excluded from the marketing of these types of group programs, the good news is these groups and retreats for men are gaining popularity, making it easier to find an event near you.
Build Emotional Intelligence
One of the foundational aspects of the EVRYMAN membership is our emotional intelligence training. Finding ways to reduce stress and manage your emotions through exercise, meditation, and other forms of self-care can help you build your emotional intelligence and capacity to handle tough moments.
Finding healthy ways to cope with challenges, whether through writing, art therapy, or other creative outlets can make a dramatic difference in your life.
It’s important for men to recognize that it’s okay to ask for help and seek out the support they need. This can be challenging in a culture that often stigmatizes men who talk about their problems or seek out help, but it’s a sign of tremendous courage.
By seeking out supporting relationships, men’s membership groups, and healthy coping strategies, and by working to create a more understanding culture, you can get the support you need to navigate your biggest challenges.
You don’t have to go through life’s problems alone. We know this is often easier said than done, especially if you’ve been taught to believe you should be self-sufficient and handle your problems on your own.
But after years of helping men find community and empowerment through our membership program and life-changing events, we know you can step into the person you’re meant to be. A person who is full of hope, excitement, and positivity for the future.
If you’re ready to stop holding back, you can join our community here.
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