today marks the start of men’s health week 2020: a time to focus on health issues affecting men across the globe. this year’s theme is take action on covid-19, a topic that is undoubtedly affecting us all right now, but did you know twice as many men die from covid-19 as women?
as a wellbeing platform, we want to do everything we can to provide resources to help men’s health during this difficult time – from simple tips and tricks for managing mental health, e.g. daily journaling and meditation, we provide ways to take action on covid-19
we want men to know they’re not alone in dealing with this pandemic, so, in support of men’s health week 2020, we wanted to share stories from a handful of guys from the sidekick community. kicking off with matt – one of our fantastic founding co-creators who brought sidekick to life
i’ve found lockdown pretty hard.
my wife and I have a 1 year old daughter who, due to covid, had no nursery to go to. we agreed that as I’m self employed, I would take on the childcare 4 days a week. the first few weeks were really hard, I haven’t really looked after my daughter on my own before and had pretty low confidence in my ability!
matt, sidekick co-creator
I learnt pretty quickly that I could do everything needed to keep my daughter alive, and slowly my confidence built. it made me truly appreciate how much my wife had done during maternity leave and I am in awe of that
I now feel so grateful that I was able to spend such a long time with my daughter, getting to know her and really work on building a strong relationship
the lockdown experience makes everything doubly intense. you try and work in the same place as looking after a child and are together 24/7. this experience placed the most strain on our relationship since we met, but we’ve learnt a lot more about each other and worked together as a family to make things work
this lockdown experience placed the most strain on our relationship since we met. I found that communicating how you feel ensures you can adapt when one of you is struggling; reminding yourself that everyone is struggling in this chaos makes being kind the first priority
it was also really important to find the right tools to cope – for me it has been running (which luckily the government encouraged!), reading (fiction to escape!) and eating vast quantities of crisps and dip… oh and of course having awesome home-cooked dinners at the end of a hard day, with a glass of wine and a giggle, to remind ourselves that things will be ok
I certainly don’t ever want to go through lockdown again, however, if it does come round again, I feel more resilient which gives me hope and confidence!