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Stress management tips for men

Stress management tips for men
Stress management tips for men
Stress affects people of all ages for a number of reasons, such as day to day life, family, work, children, paying bills, the loss of a loved one, and the list goes on. In some cases, stress can be useful. In stressful situations, the body releases stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol), increasing your heart rate, breathing, and preparing your muscles.
When the perceived threat or problem has subsided, your hormone levels, blood pressure, and heart rate return to normal. On the other hand, if your body's fight-or-flight system is always on, it can lead to chronic stress and severe health issues.
According to Healthline, large amounts of cortisol can disrupt the functionality of other systems within the body. Overexposure of cortisol and other related hormones can lead to anxiety, depression, digestive problems, headaches, sleep problems, weight gain, and memory or concentration impairment.
Stress and gender
Stress management tips for men
Men and women react to stress differently, both mentally and physically. They have their way of handling it as well. The American Psychological Association found that while women are most likely to experience symptoms, they manage stress better than men because they connect with others, which helps decrease stress.
Men, however, are less likely to experience emotional and physical symptoms related to stress. Unlike women, who remain connected to others, men are more likely to withdraw socially. According to Everyday Health, men with high levels of stress may experience anxiety, depression, insomnia, and may turn to unhealthy habits like smoking and heavy drinking.
Six ways men can better manage stress 
1. Regular exercise is proven to reduce stress levels because it allows you to release aggression and built up energy.
2. Get plenty of rest. The Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get seven to nine hours of sleep each night. While you're sleeping, your body repairs itself from the day and prepares for the next day. Lack of sleep can increase irritation, anxiety, and moodiness.
3. Do something for you. Not having time to engage in the activities you enjoy can also increase stress. So, take some time for you. Setting aside time in your busy schedule to read, watch a movie, shop, or see your friends can decrease stress levels and take your mind off things.
4. Look on the bright side. It's easier said than done to change your perspective of the problem. However, doing so will give you a new outlook on your situation. Continually looking at the negative will magnify your problems.
5. Take it one task at a time. Many people are stressed because they overload their schedules with more than they can handle. Tackling more than one task at once not only increases stress but decreases productivity. Instead, take on the most important task first and then deal with the less demanding one.
6. Connect with others. Studies have shown that some men isolate themselves in times of stress, but this connecting with others—family, friends, doctor, or counselor—can be helpful. Talking about your problems lightens the weight of the load you're carrying.
This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any condition. Please speak with your doctor before starting any treatment plans.
Sinclair Broadcast Group is committed to our viewers' health and well-being, which is why we initiated Sinclair Cares. Every month we will provide you with information about the "Cause of the month", which includes thematic information, education, awareness, and prevention. June is Men's Health Education and Awareness Month.

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