Two weeks ago, I’d written on how to beat the blues with special emphasis on women. This time, my column is dedicated to men. Frustration, unresolved issues at home or at work… these are just as tough for men as for women. But men react differently. These are some of their coping mechanisms.
* Excessive smoking and / or drinking
* Excessive time in front of the TV or on some device
* Frequent outbursts of anger and aggression, including breaking personal items
* Becoming accident prone (including car accidents) and increased risky behaviour
* Avoiding family and friends, except for a couple of drinking buddies
Running: Stress is psychological, but it’s also experienced in the body, especially with men. Running is one of the best ways to beat it. It synergises with the subconscious fight or flight response, and also generates endorphins that lift your mood. When you run, the blocked energy that has locked into your muscles as stress is physically vented in a positive way.
Music: Music therapy is one of the top five relaxation therapies. You can listen to music everywhere.
Adequate sleep: Sleep deprivation is a leading cause of stress. To get enough sleep, manage your time well and learn to prioritise your work.
Personal pleasure: Spare time to do things that give you joy. Take your beloved dog for a run, write poetry, cook a meal, spend time outdoors… doing something you like is very de-stressing.
Community work: Working with like-minded people can work wonders.
Stress in itself is not a bad thing.
It is created when your usual way of thinking hits a mental block. Which means stress is the signal that the time has come to learn a new life skill or improve an area of your mental conditioning or critical thinking. It is actually one of life’s greatest opportunities.
From HT Brunch, February 19
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