11 Ways For Men To Reduce Stress

Stress has become a big problem that affects men’s health. Stress has been linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, migraines, back pain, diabetes, cancer, and weakened immune system. You may also experience anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, and depression. In order to protect your health and help your family to get the best of you, you need to learn to manage your stress levels. Here are some ideas.

Stress has become a big problem that affects men’s health. Stress has been linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, migraines, back pain, diabetes, cancer, and weakened immune system. You may also experience anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, and depression. In order to protect your health and help your family to get the best of you, you need to learn to manage your stress levels. Here are some ideas.

  1. Exercise regularly. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to manage stress. Physical activity releases endorphins, which make you feel better. It will also help you to burn off pent-up energy and tension. The other obvious bonus is that exercise will improve your overall health too. 
  2. Eat and sleep well. By caring for your physical health, you’ll be better equipped to cope with stress. Good nutrition and a good night’s sleep can help your body to recover from stress. Stay away from caffeine and other stimulants that might make you more stressed out and unable to sleep. Limit your alcohol intake, as alcohol can make feelings of depression worse. 
  3. Find a relaxing hobby. What makes you feel relaxed? Find an activity or several activities, that will help you to better be able to unwind. Whether you love to play video games, take up a sport, indulge in naps, watch movies, or find a trip to the hookah store soothing, find a foolproof way to relax. 
  4. Meditate. Spend at last fifteen to twenty minutes a day in quiet contemplation. Classic meditation isn’t for everyone, so you could try an alternative, such as prayer. Yoga, tai chi, or just practicing breathing exercises. The key is to find time to breathe deeply and clear your mind, however you find best to do this. 
  5. Solve the cause of your stress. Dealing with the problems that cause tension can relieve you of your stress. Doing nothing just lets the stress build. For example, talk to your boss to resolve problems at work. Ask for help if you can’t meet all the demands on your time. Talk to your spouse if the mess at home is stressing you out. If you’re being kept awake by your neighbor’s dog barking all night, speak to your neighbor and try to find a solution. 
  6. Avoid stressful situations. This isn’t always possible, but when you can, avoid situations that make you stressed. For example, if traffic sends your stress levels soaring, try to time your journeys to avoid rush hour. Go shopping when you know the stores will be quieter. Cut down on the amount of time you spend with people you find frustrating to be around. 
  7. Accept the things you cannot change. There will be things in life that you can’t control no matter how hard you try. For example, there’s little point in allowing rain to annoy you, as you can’t change the weather. Instead, look at the things you can control. Take an umbrella, or spend the day inside doing something relaxing. 
  8. Don’t take on more than you can handle. Many of us are guilty of creating our own stress by over-scheduling and not saying no when we’re being asked to do too much. No matter who is asking you, learn to say no when you already have enough on your plate. Don’t overpromise, and give yourself time to finish the things that you have agreed to take on. 
  9. Try to have a glass half full attitude. It sounds like a cliche to always look on the brighter side of life, but it can actually make a lot of difference to the way you feel. If your outlook is negative, even very minor annoyances can turn into much bigger problems in your mind. By staying positive, you can overcome small annoyances with ease.
  10. Tackle first things first. Determine which of the task on your to-do list is most important and prioritize those. Complete your important tasks first, and then move onto your less critical jobs. Resist the urge to take on multiple things at once, as you will do a worse job on all of them, and just end up stressed and annoyed. 
  11. Savor your victories. When you achieve a personal goal, a work goal, or finish a major project, reward yourself by doing something nice to yourself. This could be something simple like treating yourself to a massage, or a more elaborate reward like a weekend away. Celebrate your achievements and take a moment to enjoy your success before you move onto the next goal or project.

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