Fighting stress could be the hardest thing a modern man is facing at the moment, but it seems that, no matter how hard you try, you can never completely minimize it. Focusing on yourself, trying to forget about your environment, finding new hobbies and being open to new relationships all seem like fine and effective ideas, yet nobody guarantees some of these will work for you as well. That’s why you need to reevaluate your life, identify the things that cause you stress and eliminate them from your immediate surroundings. Only then will you be able to relax and truly become stress-free. Here are five tips to follow on that path.
Forget about aging
By definition, a stressed-out man is a man with a million things on his mind, but don’t forget that some of these issues don’t necessarily have to occupy you on a daily basis. Getting older, for instance, is a process you can’t stop or reverse – unless you’re a superhero! – and there’s basically no reason to get stressed about it. What you can, however, do is figure out what might be endangering your body in the years to come and address most common health issues. You need to look after your heart, lungs, liver and other organs if you want to avoid potential problems that might cause even more stress.
Learn how to breathe properly
This isn’t something a lot of people take seriously because it sounds too obvious for them to even think about it, yet focusing on this problem can bring amazing results in just a couple of days. While we all can breathe good enough to stay alive, can you do so in a way to help yourself relax? Breathing exercises can do wonders for your stress and if you develop a proper method of breathing slowly and patiently, you’ll start feeling better in no time. These exercises can relax your body and your mind, take away all your tension, allow you to focus on yourself and help you stay calm in the future as well.
Leave your work behind
Preventing your problem instead of having to cure it is probably an even better idea and something you need to explore as soon as possible. And the easiest way to do so is by forgetting about the difficulties in your office the moment you step out of it – just leave it all behind and try not to think about it. Keep in mind that work-induced stress will not only make you nervous, aggravated and even depressed, but it can also lead to other serious problems and ultimately result in suicide, as a recent study concludes. Being focused on your work and determined to do your best is great, but learn when to stop and try to lower the pressure before it’s too late.
Dedicating time to yourself might be the best idea out there, and it’s certainly one of the cheapest ones as well! Just ignore everyone and everything around you for a couple of hours, turn off your phone, TV and laptop, and focus on yourself. Another idea to consider are weekly massages that can relax your body and your mind at the same time – this is something that will definitely make you feel better instantly, especially if it’s done at your own home. That’s the reason why more and more Australian men begin looking for a quality and relaxing home massage in Melbourne the minute they feel stressed out and use this method to prevent further problems.
Take care of your health
Eating properly, drinking enough water, working out, not smoking, avoiding alcohol and banishing fast food from our life isn’t just a way to lose some weight and get a better body, but also to reduce your level of stress. Taking care of your health every single day is a task everyone should take quite seriously, and you too need to address all aspects of your physical and mental health – from taking care of your skin and teeth to eating only healthy food and getting more sleep.
Some of the other ways to reduce your level of stress include practicing yoga, meditating, starting hypnotherapy, establishing and following a certain daily routine and taking a break from time to time.
Peter is a men's grooming and health writer at The Beard Mag & High Style Life magazines, living between UK and Australia. Beside writing he worked as a grooming consultant for many fashion events around UK & Australia too! Follow Peter on Twitter for more men’s grooming tips.