Stress is often cited as the silent killer in men due to it’s damning effect on mental and physical health. If left untreated, stress can cause much bigger and more serious health problems including an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, anxiety and depression.
Male health – how does stress affect it?
It shows on your face
Stress doesn’t just have an internal effect on your body. A recent study found that men with higher levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, were deemed less attractive than those with lower levels of cortisol. There’s also a suggestion that higher cortisol levels can have a negative impact on your body’s natural testosterone levels.
It stops things from working down south
Research has found that in up to 20% of cases of reported erectile dysfunction, stress can be pinpointed as one of the main causes. Stress can cause a number of psychological problems such as anxiety and depression. These feelings can prevent your body from activating it’s ability to relax and renew itself, which has been found to be essential in arousal.
It puts too much strain on your heart
Too much stress causes your body work overtime which in turn puts pressure on your cardiovascular system, with high blood pressure being a primary concern. Stress can also prevent you from maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise which may also have a negative effect on your heart’s health.
It prevents you from enjoying life
Stress, if left untreated, can end up creating a vicious cycle which can be hard to escape. You get stressed, your mood dips, you withdraw from your social circles, you don’t seek help and end up feeling worse thus perpetuating the cycle even further. If you feel like this and don’t push yourself to try and address your problems or get help, the stress will get the better of you and could lead to more serious psychological problems such as depression.
What can be done to prevent stress and improve male health?
Everyone is different and will react to stress in different ways, however it’s important to be able to spot the signs and know the steps to take before it becomes too much to handle. If your stress is being caused at work, try to reduce your workload or speak to someone about your concerns. Remember, there is never any shame in asking for help. You can also make positive changes in your lifestyle to help control stress. A health diet and regular exercise are great places to start, as this will help regulate your mood and energy levels. Exercise is also a great way to increase endorphin production and improve your mood. Also, learn to recognise when you need to take a break. Give yourself some time off to relax and recoup in whatever way suits you best – we’d personally recommend a spa visit as a great way to unwind!
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