Stress has become a major health concern amongst men today. How we react to stress, physically and mentally, makes all the difference. In today’s fast-paced environment, men often find themselves feeling fatigued and simply burnt-out. Negligence and excessive stress have long been linked to high blood pressure, headaches, migraines, back pain and diabetes. To make matters worse, according to the American Psychological Association, men are less likely to report symptoms of stress. So, what are the best ways to manage stress? Here are 5 relatively easy ways you can beat the stress, as long as you stay consistent.
1. Regular exercise
While not everyone enjoys spending time at the gym, we do recommend burning that bottled-up energy at least twice a week. Be it an outdoor run or a weightlifting session – you have to make your body move to reduce stress levels and give your cardio-vascular system a kick. This particularly applies to men who spend most of their day sitting behind a desk or a steering wheel. A quick workout can elevate and stabilize your mood, improve sleep and self-esteem. Physical activity helps bump up production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. As little as five minutes of exercise is sufficient enough to begin to bring on anti-anxiety effects.
2. Massage therapy
Regular visits to the Spa for men do not only bring down stress levels, they promote better blood circulation that, in turn, alleviates tension. We particularly recommend a classic Hot Stone Massage or our therapeutic Serene Candle Massage, which use heated tools to calm the nervous system and rebalance the mind. Regular massage sessions have been found to decrease depression, anxiety levels and improve sleep quality; perhaps because they trigger the release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps you feel calm.
3. Sleep well
Good sleep is the key to a healthy body and mind. The American National Sleep Foundation recommends keeping a regular sleeping schedule of about 7-9 hours a day. This is just about the perfect amount of time the body needs to replenish and recharge. Sleeping less than 6 hours may lead to health-related issues in the future. Your body will thank you for a stable regime in the long run. Try not to keep your mind busy by using your phone right before sleeping; the blue light is a well-known irritant that stimulates the nervous system and delays the natural sleep process. Additionally, stay off drinking too much water before bed, as you wouldn’t want to disrupt your sleep with trips to the bathroom.
4. Create a routine
One of the best ways to avoid unnecessary stress is to stick to a schedule, and sometimes that means pushing yourself to do what is good for you even when not in the mood. Tackle the most difficult tasks when you are most productive and energized. Some men have the highest levels of concentration and energy in the mornings, while others prefer to take on a challenge after lunch. Figure out what works the best for you and stick to it.
5. Learn to say « NO »
Yes, this may seem easier said than done, but it is imperative for you to be able to say NO whenever you feel overwhelmed. Families, job and friends often require a compromise, but in order to give, you have to be able to do just that. And to keep yourself refreshed and able, a firm NO is necessary every now and then. So, the next time you find yourself stressed about being somewhere you don’t want to be, remember these two magical and simple letters.
Remember, your body and mind are one. Incorporating these 5 pillars of building stress-free lifestyle could be beneficial for many years to come.
by: Anton Rodionov