The Impact of Pakistan’s Hot Weather on Men’s Mental Health

In Pakistan, summer is a challenging season, especially in cities like Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Hyderabad, and villages in interior Sindh. While everyone feels the strain, some are hit harder. Let’s explore in this blog how this impacts…

July 1, 2024

In Pakistan, summer is a challenging season, especially in cities like Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Hyderabad, and villages in interior Sindh. While everyone feels the strain, some are hit harder. Let's explore in this blog how this impacts men's mental health with Savaira.

If you've lived in Karachi, you must have heard the constant complaints about the heat. "Garmi bohat hai'' (It's very hot) is a common phrase around here. Before greetings, people often ask how heat is treating you.

Power Outages - Constant Struggle

In our country, every individual faces adverse mental and physical effects due to worsening power outages. They go through immense stress from the lack of electricity and gas availability.

Men, who often work long hours outdoors or in non-air-conditioned environments, bear the brunt of the heat, leading to increased fatigue and irritability. After a long day, they return home hoping for relief, only to find no electricity, making it impossible to relax or sleep comfortably. This lack of rest further deteriorates their mental health.

Coping with these struggles means shouldering additional financial burdens. In the face of power outages, many families resort to using generators and other ways to lessen their miseries. However, running a generator is costly, whether it uses gas or petrol.

In Karachi, residents struggle not only with electricity outages but gas shortages as well, spending entire days waiting for power and gas. Managing these challenges leads to increased expenses like higher electricity bills from air conditioning use, generator fuel and maintenance costs, gas bills, and other rising expenditures. This places a heavy financial strain on the household's primary provider, often the men, worsening their stress and anxiety levels, self-doubt, low confidence due to the constant pressure of ensuring basic utilities for their families.

Despite these hardships, men's efforts and sacrifices often go unrecognised. Acknowledging their daily struggles is crucial because men rarely discuss their challenges.

Recent increases in electricity rates have further compounded the situation, intensifying the mental strain on men in our community. Men are left to juggle various financial responsibilities. The pressure to make ends meet while ensuring the family’s comfort and well-being can be very stressful, especially during this challenging time. This constant worry and stress can lead to mental health issues such as anxiety disorders, depression, and chronic stress.

For example, a middle-class employee, upon knowing about a 20-unit rate increase, finds himself increasingly worried about covering his monthly expenses. The hike in electricity rates means he has to cut back on other essentials, which adds to his anxiety and elevates stress.

Recognizing and appreciating the silent struggles men face daily is essential. Such acknowledgement can serve as a significant step toward addressing their mental health challenges.

Toll on Mental Health

The combination of physical exhaustion due to high temperatures and financial stress takes a severe toll on men's mental health. Their silence contributes significantly to these issues, as they wake up tired, work tired, and sleep tired, with their mental well-being continually overlooked and damaged. Anxiety, depression, and irritability become common as men struggle to cope with these compounding stressors. The lack of a peaceful environment and continuous financial worries can lead to burnout.

Men should not face these challenges alone; seeking help is vital for improving mental well-being. There is an urgent need to provide support and professional help.

Conclusion

If you or someone you know is struggling with the mental health challenges brought on by the extreme hot temperature coupled with additional financial expenses, it's time to take these matters seriously.

Contact Savaira to seek professional help and support. Don’t wait until the stress becomes unmanageable. Reach out today and take the first step towards better mental health.