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Mid-Mental Health Month

#NOTALONE

Our merry month of May is known for Derby races, flowers blooming, a Wall Street arguable adage about “invest in May and go away”, plus Mental Health Month. Please don’t go…

I’ll bet a nickel that most boomers hope that equities will continue to climb a wall of worry. And another nickel that most of us “Encore aged” folks in America had some darker than “normal” days in our lockdown year.  Are there any takers on my wagers?

But wait, even in the best of times – mental health problems stagger most casual observers and professionals! Three statistics follow for your consideration;

Our  National Alliance on Mental Illness offers a sad summary of mental health statistics for 2020 which makes                                  “Mental health is UNFAIR” an understatement in my opinion.

You might [correctly] imagine that Military Veterans, folks in the Criminal Justice System, and minorities are well past tipping points as outliers for UNhealthy mental states. We know more, too!

SCIENTIA IMPERIUM

Now, today’s entry is a layman’s Public Service Announcement (PSA), and hope that readers can know enough about possible symptoms to say something IF they see something. That “something” could be a red flag in a family member, friend, or community member. It could be depression, suicide risk, major sleep problems or PTSD. Knowledge is indeed POWER – in ancient tongues or in modern English.

Like:

  1. Feeling very sad or withdrawn for more than two weeks
  2. Trying to harm or end one’s life or making plans to do so
  3. Severe, out-of-control, risk-taking behavior that causes harm to self or others
  4. Sudden overwhelming fear for no reason, sometimes with a racing heart, physical discomfort, or difficulty breathing
  5. Significant weight loss or gain
  6. Seeing, hearing, or believing unreal things
  7. Excessive use of alcohol or drugs
  8. Drastic changes in mood, behavior, personality, or sleeping habits
  9. Extreme difficulty in concentrating or staying still
  10. Intense worries or fears get in the way of daily activities.

And, most certainly  EXERCISE can help one’s mental health in good times or bad.  This British site summarizes the positive role of exercise to improve mental health better than I…And, this infographic about older people and mental health strikes home!

ref: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/

#NOTALONE.

 

Mister T

As Tolkien wrote, “The OAK that is Strong does not Wither…”

Testosterone is a long word for a reasonably short chemical compound that spawns many direct and indirect outcomes for KABOOMER hardwoods.

Mister T

Credit.

Right – – – just 4 hydrocarbon rings with a few oxygen molecules and presTo Change-o for oaken hardwood…maybe.

Tim Ferris offers a simple and hopefully hard equation in his compiled Tools of Titans,

“To Increase TDECREASE C(ortisol).” We’ll save that letter “C” for another post.

I commend to you this very credible article about NATURAL ways to improve bodily Testosterone (aka “T“) levels over time. I like this science-backed article by Simon Slavvsen for several reasons.  A prominent one is that KABOOMER: Thriving and Striving into your 90s objectively addresses the benefits of “normal” Testosterone levels for folks like me in our encore years. So, Simon and I are like-minded…

KABOOMER also addresses MANOPAUSE condition with the acronym A D A M for an unhealthy condition that too many gents in my boomer generation suffer.

As I wrote on page 98 of KABOOMER:

“Wither not on your uber-important strength journey to party past 90 years young.”

And then on page 251,

“all of us should produce “T” until we stop breathing, though in diminished levels as we age…”

We want all KABOOMERS to be normal or better PRODUCERS!

I share my KABOOMER bad-boy list about ADAM so that you can readily compare that to Simon’s natural BIGBOY checklist @ Testosteronerd.com.

  • Here are 16 danger signs and possible ADAM symptoms:

    Adverse changes in physical appearance
    Body fat gain, particularly abdominal weight gain
    Loss of lean muscle tissue
    Bone deterioration
    Loss of hair
    Wrinkling and drying of the skin
    Fatigue
    Poor sleep quality or insomnia
    Decreased libido, possible erectile dysfunction (ED)
    Hot flashes (yup), blushing, and sweating
    Aches and pains
    Mental functions decline
    Reduced motivation/apathy
    Nervousness, anxiety, and irritability
    Memory lapses
    Depression.

You undoubtedly grasp how ADAM (aka Andropause or Manopause) can adversely impact one’s quality of life. If one lets it DROP.

Circling back to Simon’s counterpunches – Go Natural, as far and fast as you can, IF your regular LAB readings for Testosterone at your age are “low.”

Or, to be a bit profane yet true for Guys between regular blood draws; consider Tim Ferris’ interview with Dr. Kelly Starrett in The Tools of Titans,

“if you wake up and you don’t have a boner, there’s a problem.  Yes or No?”

Don’t become a “T”-dropper! KABOOM.

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Or Text WP-40 to Text #41259 to OPT-IN for regular tips and tricks to stay hard past forty.

 

 

And, remember that Testosterone is very important for KABOOMER ladies to thrive and strive as well!