It is no secret that stress affects everyone. However, what the effect of that stress has on men is much different than it is in women.
Men are more likely to respond with stress by becoming depressed.
During stress, men are more likely to lose empathy and respond with fight-or-flight emotions.
This can increase blood pressure and heart rate, which, if stress becomes a way of life, can lead to health problems later in life.
So, what’s a guy to do? Finding some way of relieving stress is a start. However, what works best for one man might not be the best for another.
The key is to try different things and decide which helps to relieve your particular kind of stress best.
Read on to find some suggestions to destress and relax.
Get Some Zs
Did you know that people who get less sleep are more likely to feel stressed, anxious, and worried? Pulling the occasional all-nighter to meet a work deadline is fine, but try and get adequate – most adults need 6-9 hours a night – sleep most of the time.
Yoga practitioners are encouraged to meditate and to practice mindfulness. Practicing it can also teach you both breathing and relaxation techniques. Yoga also encourages focusing on the moment rather than letting your thoughts wander and allow those stressful worries in.
Stress immediately causes our breathing to become more frequent and shallower. Taking a moment to take a few deep breaths – try breathing in for a few counts, holding your breath for a few counts, and then exhaling slowly for a few counts. After two or three deep breaths, you should feel yourself calming down.
If you live in a recreational state, or feel that your stress is at levels that a doctor would recommend cannabis in a medical state, try it. You might want to try an indica strain because indicas are known for promoting relaxation. If you need the relief at work, keep some flower or concentrate in your portable vaporizer. For at home relief, choose an indica flower and use your desktop vaporizer.
Yuk it Up
Laughter helps to open your lungs and stimulates your heart and muscles. It also releases those stress-busting endorphins in your brain. Watch some funny cats on YouTube or chat up that coworker you think missed a calling as a stand-up comedian.
Aromatherapy can help to reduce stress. Whether you light up a scented candle or use some essential oils in a diffuser, scents like rose and lavender have been shown to promote relaxation.
Hit the Gym
Research shows that getting at least 30 minutes of exercise a day releases the endorphins that not only help to deal with stress but also help to make you more resilient the next time it strikes. Pick an exercise class you like and stick to it or get to the gym at least 5-6 days a week.
Spend Time with Fido
Research at the State University of New York at Buffalo indicates that a four-legged companion can be more stress reducing than two-legged ones. So, get out that leash and take Fido to the dog park. Or, if you don’t have your own canine companion, spend some time with a friend’s dog or spend some time at the local dog park – you might just make some new friends.
Play Some Muzak
Who knew that elevator music actually had a purpose other than to be mostly ignored while people read emails and post to social media? A study at Pennsylvania Wilkes University showed that bland music lowered stress while people worked. And bonus! It also lowered susceptibility to the common cold.
Take the Scenic Route
Even if it might take you out of your way, taking the long way to work – making sure that there are plenty of trees on the way – can help to reduce stress, according to Ohio State University. So, skip the urban jungle and take the long route.
Orgasm releases those feel-good endorphins, and while they are increased when you have a partner, they still get released even when you don’t. In fact, one study suggests that safe casual sex with no strings attached may be an even better stress reliever.
Write it Down
Keeping a journal can not only help you get the stressful thoughts out of your head, later you can go back and read it. This can help you to pinpoint stress triggers, and help you to eliminate them. Sometimes just the act of writing down how you feel can be a huge relief.
Just Say No!
Stress has a way of kicking in when we’ve taken on too much. Sometimes, the biggest way to relieve stress is to prevent it from even happening by telling someone, “No, I can’t do that.”
Sometimes, just writing down the many things that you have to be grateful for can help to reduce stress. Keep a list of the things that you’re happy about and occasionally bring it out to read it or even better, add to it.
Take a Vacation
People who take annual vacations feel less stress, have more energy, are more productive, and are happier overall, according to a Nielsen survey. People who take vacations also have a higher sex drive. Hint: Look at stress relief tip #11.
Stress is a very real part of today’s fast-paced, need-it-now world. Thankfully, there are a number of things that you can do to help relieve that stress and increase wellness. So if you’re a guy and you’re feeling burned out, try some of these!
Author Bio: Michael is a marketing and creative content specialist at GotVape.com with a primary focus on customer satisfaction. Technology and fitness combined with healthy lifestyle obsession are his main talking points.