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22nd Nov 2023

Five tips to mind your mental health this Movember

Sarah McKenna Barry

Brought to you by FREENOW

From starting a conversation to making time for relaxation, here are some ways to look after yourself this month and beyond.

If you couldn’t tell by the shorter days, cooler weather and sudden uptake in moustache growing, November is well and truly upon us, bringing with it the return of Movember.

This year marks Movember’s 20th year in operation, and over the years we’ve seen some Mo Bros and Mo Sisters raising some much-needed dough for charities supporting men’s health, from mental health and suicide prevention to testicular and prostate cancer research, prevention and awareness.

This year, the fundraising continues and FREENOW, Ireland’s leading mobility app has just announced a year-long partnership with Movember. As one of Movember’s chief concerns is men’s mental health and suicide prevention, FREENOW passengers will be able to show their support for Movember by rounding up in-app.

The partnership follows research carried out by FREENOW which highlighted some very thought-provoking insights about men’s mental health. For instance, 15% of drivers say they regularly come across passengers who are struggling with their mental health. 46% of drivers always talk to passengers in the car but only 12% of drivers say mental health and wellbeing is discussed. 68% of drivers, meanwhile, say that having a chat with a passenger has a positive impact on their own mental health and wellbeing, while 46% of drivers say they never talk to anyone about their mental health.

What’s evident from this research is that talking about mental health remains a barrier for a lot of people.

In the meantime, we’ve teamed up with FREENOW and Movember to highlight five ways you can support your own mental health this November.

1. Start a conversation

Reach out to a friend or family member you trust, and let them know what’s getting you down. If you’d prefer to speak with a trained volunteer, you can access a number of free supports right here. Your GP can also help refer you for therapy or other treatments. In an emergency, always call 999 or go directly to the emergency services.

2. Get active

Exercise can bring about a lot of great changes. It can help you relax, get better sleep and improve your energy levels. Even a brisk walk can help lift your mood a bit.

3. Try something creative

When you’re feeling anxious and low, doing something creative can be a good distraction. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate either, something as simple as cooking a meal from scratch can give your mental health a boost.

4. Try to be more mindful

It may sound like a cliché, but mindfulness can help you enjoy the world around you a bit more. There are heaps of meditations for mindfulness on YouTube, but you can practice being more mindful by yourself. Find time in your day to notice your surroundings and notice your thoughts, particularly when they’re negative. For instance, when you feel anxiety, say to yourself “This is anxiety”, and be mindful of how it feels instead of being consumed by it.

5. Make time for relaxation

Rest and relaxation are vital elements of your mental health, so make sure you prioritise them throughout November and beyond. Set some time aside to do something that relaxes you, whether that’s soaking in a hot bath, reading on the couch or listening to your favourite podcast in bed. As you do so, focus on your breathing, your feelings and try to be present.

Download the FREENOW app today to round up your fare during your next trip to support Movember.

Not feeling the Mo this year? No problem. There are still plenty of ways to get involved with Movember. You can Move for Movember Host a MO-ment, or MO Your Own Way, check out Movember’s official website right here to get started

You can get involved in Movember through a number of ways (moustache growing not required!) by checking out Movember’s official website right here. 

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