4 Positive Ways to Mark Movember
Movember is more than a month, it’s a movement, for some years now we have all been aware that November is the month for men to forego shaving and grow impressive ‘taches and beards, but why?
The Movember movement started back in 2003 by a couple of friends based in Melbourne Australia. Travis Garone and Luke Slattery came up with the idea one evening, after jokingly suggesting they “bring back the moustache”
Its start was low key, just Travis and Luke and around 30 mates in Australia who agreed to pay $10 each to raise awareness of men’s health, from those humble beginnings the Movember Foundation was formed and is now one of the top 50 NGO’s (Non-Governmental Organisations) and by 2017 (most recent records) there were 5,542,507 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas and 23 countries getting involved.
So what should you do in Movember?
Grow that ‘tashe
Or, grow a Mo to save a Bro - that’s right no shaving your ‘tashe for a whole month.
- Sign up to the Movember movement
- Stop shaving and start to grow, Let your Mo take the spotlight, and start conversations.
- Make it count, ask friends, family and colleagues to support your Mo. Together, we can stop men dying too young.
- If you can’t grow then donate to someone who’s giving it a go.
Get a health check up
Men die on average 6 years younger than women, and for reasons that are often preventable, which means if men take action they can live longer, healthier and happier lives
The first step is to get a NHS Health Check, these are offered free by your GP and will check for
If you are aged between 40-74 with no history of stroke, heart disease, diabetes etc then the NHS recommends you get a health check every 5 years, so don’t delay book yours today.
Also it’s a good idea to have your eyes checked 2 yearly - or yearly check ups if you are a contact lens wearer. Optician check more than just your eye health and vision, they can detect early signs of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis, alzheimer's and tumours!
Don’t forget your mental well-being
It can be tough for men to ask for help but if you don’t ask when you need it, things generally only get worse.
- 76% of suicides are by men and is the biggest cause of death for under 35 (ONS)
- 12.5% of men in the UK are suffering from one of the common mental health disorders
- On average, 191,000 men suffer stress, anxiety or depression caused or made worse by work
You don’t have to be a statistic, take control, reach out, talk to someone, find a support group, there is plenty of help out there
- Talk to someone you trust, a close friend or family member, your doctor
- Find a support group, there are many around the country that are free and open to anyone
- Be informed - check out online sources.
Increase your daily activity, it doesn’t have to be hours at the gym, find something that fits in with your daily routine and makes you feel good and do it
- Take walk
- Park a little further away from work
- Take the stairs for a floor or two
- Get off the bus a stop or two early
- Cycle to work or for pleasure
Have a great Movember and remember if you can’t grow a Mo then support someone who can.
Why not show off your Mo we’d love to see your pic
Author: John Dreyer Optometrist Bsc(Hons), MCOPTOM, DipCLP
Created: 2 Nov 2018, Last modified: 11 Sep 2020