Life Coaching for Men

Feb 26, 2024 | Men

LIFE COACHING CAN BE THE HELP MEN WANT

Coming to see a life coach could be just what you need.

The sessions I offer are guided by you and your needs. Whether you need someone to listen, or you need someone to listen and then to bounce ideas around. Either way, we will be working towards your own self-discovery and solutions.

My aim is to help more men this year following my success in 2023. Remember, whatever issues you are going through, there is nothing wrong with you, you just need to learn something new.

How are you really?

Is everyday life more difficult?  Are others noticing that you are different and perhaps not as happy once was? Please don’t bury your ‘head in the sand’ and hope things will be ok. This is the time to act and take control of the situation. Unfortunately, men tend to feel shame more intensely than women, mainly out of fear, failure, or rejection, which can instigate feelings of low mood etc.

Symptoms

*Men appear to have different symptoms from women when they are feeling low, whereas women can be more emotional, showing signs of sadness and tearfulness. Men tend to exhibit more physical symptoms, such as fatigue and irritability,

*Testosterone levels can be affected by stress. Low testosterone levels have been linked to depression, anxiety, and irritability.

 *Men who experienced Childhood trauma, such as physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, may be at a higher risk for developing mental health issues later in life.

 *Traditional masculine norms, such as the belief that men should be tough and not show vulnerability, may contribute to mental health issues in men.

 *Men who have experienced military combat may be at a higher risk for developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues.

 *You may be more likely to turn to substance abuse as a coping mechanism for mental health issues, which can lead to further problems.

 *You may be less likely to take time off work for mental health reasons, which can lead to increased stress and worsening of symptoms.

* Or, just like many others, you may be dealing with a difficult period in your life due to work, relationships, ageing, loss, or feeling like you don’t have a purpose or don’t fit in.

Is someone around you is affecting your overall well-being. Or you are finding your anger hard to suppress or having difficulty communicating your thoughts and feelings.   The list goes on. If anything aligns with you, please try coaching as a step to a happier life.

STRESS

Stress can lead to a decrease in testosterone levels and an increase in cortisol, the stress hormone.

If hormones are imbalanced in men, it can lead to conditions such as gynecomastia (enlarged breast tissue) and erectile dysfunction, as well as anxiety and depression.

Stress can also significantly impact energy levels, affecting your mood; you may also notice aches and pains from the tension you hold in your body. These signs are your body telling you to act.

Body image.

While body image problems are often associated with women, a high portion of men also experience body dissatisfaction and negative body image.  

Men are more likely to feel dissatisfied with their muscularity than their overall weight or body fat percentage.

Identity Crisis

While the concept of identity is complex and multifaceted, some interesting scientific facts can help us better understand how men find their identity:

Hormones play a role in shaping male identity: Testosterone, the male sex hormone, has been linked to behaviours such as aggression, dominance, and risk-taking, which are often associated with traditional masculine identities.

Socialisation also influences male identity: From a young age, boys are often encouraged to conform to gender norms and expectations, which can shape their sense of self and identity.

Men may have more difficulty finding their identity, partly because they are often socialised to suppress emotions and prioritise achievement and success over personal growth and self-discovery.

While many think of identity as a fixed and unchanging aspect of themselves, research has shown that identity can be fluid and change over time as people experience new things and grow. Finding your identity is a lifelong process: While some people may feel like they have a clear sense of their identity from a young age, for many others, finding their identity is a lifelong process that involves ongoing self-reflection, growth, and exploration.

 Midlife

‘Midlife crisis’ is a phenomenon that is commonly associated with men, and it refers to a period of emotional turmoil and self-doubt that can occur in middle-aged individuals. Here are some interesting science facts related to men and midlife crisis:

*Hormonal changes may play a role: Some researchers believe that hormonal changes may contribute to the midlife crisis in men. Testosterone levels, for example, tend to decline gradually in men as they age, which may lead to feelings of reduced vitality and energy.

A midlife crisis can take many forms, from buying a sports car, having an affair, quitting a job, and starting a new career. The common thread is a sense of restlessness, dissatisfaction, and a desire for change. You may experience depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues during midlife. Seeking support will help you navigate this.  It may also be a time when you start to get health issues, which impact you negatively.

The positive

It can be a time of growth and self-discovery: While a midlife crisis can be a challenging and difficult period, it can also be an opportunity for growth and self-discovery. Many people emerge from the midlife crisis with a renewed sense of purpose and direction and a deeper understanding of who they are and what they want out of life.

To Contact me – Please text 07702 850882 or hit the link on my website.

www.jacquelinecook.co.uk

 

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