Men’s Health Part 2: 6 Ways Stress Affects Men’s Health

I am on a mens health kick this month.  I want to get men thinking more about their wellness and doing something to improve their health.  If you are reading this article, please consider coming to us at the WBHC to let us help you get your health back on track.

Stress the unimaginable foe, the unseen, uninvited guest, some kind of a wrathful divinity. Stress significantly impacts men’s health. Luckily, more research is being done on the nature of stress and anxiety and presently better diagnosis is being done and we are gaining a better understanding of it. Stress indeed can be downright strange.

In this article, we are going to delve deeper into the mysteries of stress and why it is of great concern. Here, are some reasons why stress needs to be managed and kept a tight lid.

Stress can change your taste in women

Do you find that your taste in women has changed? Stress can influence a man’s decision as well. It has also been noticed that men self-medicate with poor decisions that further mess up their judgment, e.g. taking drugs, binging on alcohol and risky sexual behaviors.

Men take stress harder than women

According to the common notion, men are viewed as “rocks,” impervious to feelings and most importantly stress. However, recent studies have determined that women indeed, do fair better in dealing with stress than men. In addition, in relation to gender differences, the effects of stress manifest themselves negatively on men’s health. In fact, men under stress or dealing with depression have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease or suffered a heart attack, according to these studies.

High anxiety levels can be life-threatening

Increased anxiety levels emanating from stressful events like the loss of a loved one, or loss of a job, marital separation or divorce can have serious physical and mental consequences. Heart disease in men has also been linked to these major stress triggers. Major depression soon follows, leading to substance abuse and poor dieting. Suicidal tendencies also follow.

Stress makes men eat their feelings

Similar to women, increased stress in men, negatively affects their lifestyle and behavior choices as well. Irregular eating habits are also a cause, skipping meals and eating more consuming extra calories.

There is increased risk of obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and even stroke all at ones!

Stress is bad for your heart

There is no denying it now, stress doesn’t equal a healthy heart. From intensive research done, high stress increases the risk for coronary heart disease. Moreover, stress actually manifest themselves physically in your body. Stress triggers inflammation, which traps cholesterol particles and they get deposited in blood vessels.

Stress can lead to belly fat and diabetes type 2

Aside from poor eating habits, stress also results in belly fat deposition, a side effect of consuming calories and also due to increased cortisol levels (the stress hormone). In addition, elevated stress levels can also cause a spike in insulin levels, which is a major risk factor for metabolic disorders and type 2 diabetes.

Stress and Muscle Mass

Stress affects the regular uptake of protein to muscle tissues, leading to loss of muscle mass.

Final thoughts, if you are experiencing stressful situations or diagnosed with stress, take the opportunity to explore relaxation and other meditation techniques to protect yourself, body and mind together.

Stress is #1 cause of all disease

We all have stress, but managing stress is the issue.  How one person manages it versus another person can be the biggest difference.  Stress can manifest in many ways, being dehydrated, not getting good sleep, driving in traffic, your kids, your work schedule, not eating a good diet, computers and technology etc etc.  So think about that.  Nobody will have zero stress even if they say they do.  Its impossible.  So find ways to reduce stress.  Deep breathing often throughout the day, yoga, exercise, prayer, meditation are a few good ways you can reduce stress.  So find something that works for you.

 

Stress…something we all face

Here is what i am burning on today… STRESS!!!! and no, its not because i am feeling stressed out or anything.  Really, im not…Haha… Ok now back to the story.  We all deal with stress each day with everything you do, from waking up, to driving in traffic, dealing with all your task that you have throughout the day, dealing with your family, making dinner, and on and on and on.  We have mental stress, physical stress and spiritual stress all day, every day.  Stress effects each and every one of us.  Stress is ultimately the #1 cause of all disease.  It all depends on how you manage your stress levels, being that we are all exposed to similar levels of stress each day.  I see clients all day long, some will admit to being under a lot of stress while others say they have low to no stress in their daily lives.  I like to hear what a client has to say about their level of stress and its good to get their point of view.  Because basically, the important factor is how one interprets their stress levels.  I do find that people do often misinterpret how stressed they really are, and my body scan will tell me different and if somebody is over stressed.  Its good for us to figure this out together and to get the client to understand that they aren’t stress free and that they need to manage their stress levels differently.  My body scan does a biological age on people and usually that age is based on how stressed they are overall.  Its not uncommon for me to see somebody that is 2x their real age.  My clients don’t like to hear this age, because its almost never their actual age.   If your body is dehydrated, lacking vitamins/minerals, hormones out of balance, digestive disorders, constipation, joint pain, adrenals exhausted, not sleeping well, sweating or too cold, pH imbalance, nervous system imbalance of even if you body is lacking oxygen…. all of these are different stressors that can affect your overall stress levels.  Many of these are hidden factors that you may not think of when thinking about stress.  Anything that causes your body not to function properly will count as a stress factor.

Bottom Line, when thinking about health you need to take your stress levels into account.  You won’t ever eliminate stress, but you can always manage stress much better.

Ways to manage stress:
1. Avoiding is the best way
2.  Do one thing at a time
3.  Deep breathing/Meditation
4. Exercise
5. Good sleep
6. Quite and peace break during the day.

There are plenty of other strategies for avoiding or mitigating stress, including eat whole, real foods, lift heavy things, move around a lot, sprint now and then, get sun, take a break from the madness.   I’m sure I’ve missed a ton of viable options, so, please, leave your strategies in the comment section. Reducing stress, or at least improving my response to it, is a huge focus of mine going forward. It’s probably my biggest weakness, and I want to change that. Any suggestions would be welcome!