The #MeToo movement caught fire nation-wide with stories of high-profile men accused of violent crimes. Harvey Weinstein quickly became the poster villain, with big names in the entertainment industry to follow. The revolution then spread through every industry as stories unearthed about abusers in organizations of all sizes, in all corners of the country. Now, with increased exposure, the conversation has shifted from household names tied to violent offenses towards the everyday woman and her experiences in the workplace. These conversations have opened even more doors to shed light on abuse women face in every aspect of life, from work to dating.
There’s a reason why the term “Bromance” popped up in the past few years. While it’s a humorous word, friendships with other men are seriously significant throughout our lives. True friends know us well, support us through life’s ups and downs, and often shape who we are today.
But sometimes, as our lives progress, we can find ourselves growing apart from certain friends made in previous chapters. Maybe it’s the college buddies you lived with for years bonding over beers and game days, or the high school bandmates you jammed with on school nights, or the childhood friends you chased in the streets of your hometown.
Our priorities, responsibilities, hopes, dreams and desires evolve with each stage of life. And ultimately, we ourselves evolve, too.
The next series of blog posts will focus on the concept of mindfulness and the practice of mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness has received a lot of attention lately and for good reason. According to the American Psychological Association, mindfulness meditation has been proven to reduce stress, increase focus and memory, and boost both relationship satisfaction and immune functioning.
Does it make you uncomfortable to say “no” to others? Do you avoid telling them how you feel in hopes that the problem will just go away? Do you feel like you are constantly trying to please other people, but at the end of the day they still seem displeased with you? Maybe there is a boss or coworker who completely overwhelms your ability to act; leaving you feeling miserable and resentful long after the workday is over.
The men in my practice often think of therapy for couples as a last resort for a relationship that’s on life support. While that is certainly a time to explore treatment as a couple, I also advise checking out this option well before you’re considering pulling the plug. I treated couples for years and have since stopped to focus solely on men’s health. Nevertheless, I’d like to share some thoughts...
The number of men living under severe stress has remained at epidemic proportions despite advances in self care over the last generation. It is estimated that 43% of all adults are suffering the adverse health effects of stress including increased risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems and asthma.