Men are less likely than women to talk about their feelings or be concerned about the effect stress is having on their health. While that may not seem like news to many, recent research has confirmed that stress at work is contributing to higher death rates among men with cardiometabolic disease—a group of conditions that includes heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
These findings emphasize the fact that men must address the stress in their work and their lives. Start reducing stress today with these steps.
Notice what’s stressing you out. Take a week and jot down situations you perceive as stressful, including the setting, people and your reaction. This can help you see where change is needed.
Accept that you can’t control it all. Instead of aiming for perfection, just do your best. When put in perspective, is the situation that is causing you stress as bad as you think?
Develop healthier responses. After that meeting that went south, did you hit the vending machine or tank up at happy hour? While substances may offer immediate relief, they create additional stress long-term. Making healthy food choices, getting enough sleep, exercising and taking the time for activities you enjoy are better bets for stress management.
Stay connected. Talking with friends and family, and planning pleasurable activities, can help reduce stress. Physicians, therapists or clergypersons are confidential resources who can offer stress-reduction suggestions, too.
Do you think you or a loved one might benefit from professional support? Access resources from Let's Talk Colorado at letstalkco.org