We live in a world where stress is part of everyday life. This rings true for about 99% of people. But is it okay just to cope with the stress or would life be more enjoyable if you were to eliminate it completely? The truth is a lot of us have good stress in our life and not just bad stress. For instance, planning a wedding or a surprise party. The bad stress normally arises out of work or expectations we put on ourselves. Men and women in many ways deal and communicate their stress differently and set different expectations for themselves. This article is focused on men’s health and helping to relieve and deal with the day to day stress of life. I had the chance to connect with Dr. Michael Hanna at Kaiser Permanente Orange County to get some tips to help men manage stress and I’m excited to share them with you. Check out a few tips below to help deal with the good and the bad. The truth is life can be difficult and stressful but it can be wonderful and beautiful at the same time.
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Prioritization is key. On a daily basis we are bombarded with choices and decisions. Although it is very difficult sometimes as a lot of us like to just roll with the punches and take what comes, it is best to take a deep breathe and decide what is pressing and what can wait.
It’s ok to say “No.” Don’t commit to things that don’t matter to you. We tend to feel guilty when we say no and this is a habit that once you break is very freeing.
The brain operates on a principal of efficiency. When you try to do more than one thing at a time it actually ends up taking longer. So pick one thing and finish it, and then move on to the next.
Make a list. If you don’t like writing things down, find an app that can help you stay organized. A big part of organization in a family home is scheduling. Work sports, errands, etc. If this is not communicated or organized well it can cause lots of stress in the home. This goes for work as well. Get organized as this will lead to a higher level of productivity.
Don’t put things off. If there is something you want to do, DO IT! Set a deadline! When you start to check things off your list that translates in to a higher level of self-esteem and will carry momentum in to completing the rest of your list.
Although roles in many households are different a lot men feel an added weight on their shoulders when it comes to creating a certain life for their family. This can a lot of times lead to putting one-self second. At times if you are able to take a little “me time” you are better for it and it shows in your work, home, relationships, etc.
Put the phone down! Take time to enjoy life and all its little pleasures. Time flies and you don’t want to miss out on something beautiful because you are so consumed by something else.
Get some! It’s important. Good sleep leads to a better life. Lack of sleep and stress when combined is a nasty combo and can only hinder you from doing what you want in the manner you want.
Food is fuel. A balanced diet and healthy snacks truly help how your body and mind copes with stress. What we put in our body is very important and a big key to our health and happiness. A poor diet, and high stress do not work well together. But … its never a bad idea to treat yourself. A nice glass of wine and steak won’t hurt to relieve a bit of stress either.
Water. Water. Water. Hydration is key. When you aren’t hydrated, your brain shrinks, muscles tense up, and back pain and discomfort can sneak up on you. It is recommended to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day to help prevent these issues and be a more productive you.
In discussion with Dr. Hanna about Mens Health and dealing with stress he made it a point to remind husband’s to create a hedge between work and home. Carrying your stress home from work can only lead to additional stress in your home life.
To cap it off Dr Hanna stated,”when dealing with stress, just remember, this will pass, there is good in most all situations, and remember what is important to you.”
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