Men in India do face stress /stressful situations in their daily life, as they take on responsibilities as the head of the family, supporters of the entire family along with many other roles and duties at workplace and in society.
Stress adversely effects both mental and physical health, leading to reduced performance and starting a downward spiraling viscous cycle. There are many ways to get over the stress. These methods are known as stress busters, and help relax the body and mind, bringing out the best in you.
Read on to know more about 9 stress-busters that can relieve you of stress and give you better health and a feeling of wellbeing. You may be aware of all the following, but yet may not be incorporating the good habits in your daily routine. Try to make small changes, one at time. It’s your life and your decision whether you want to feel alive and happy or sick and depressed.
Best Stress Busters for Indian Men
1. Healthy Diet
Eat healthy foods containing all essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids in proper proportions. Eating more of fresh vegetables including leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts and fruits helps to get good amounts of vitamins and minerals which in turn helps in giving energy and support for all physiological processes in the body, thereby helping it combat the adverse effects of stress. Optimal amounts of meat and fish also provide good nutrients to non-vegetarians.
2. Avoid / Minimize Alcohol, Smoking and Caffeine
Stress can push men to indulge in taking more alcohol, to smoke more and have more beverages containing caffeine, all of which can increase the levels of stress hormones like cortisol. The stress hormones behave as stimulants, leading to increase in heart rate, high blood pressure, sleeplessness etc. If you can’t avoid, at least restrict the consumption.
3. Regular Exercise
Regular exercise or physical activity can lower the levels of stress hormones in the body. Exercising helps release ‘Happy Hormones’, endorphins which help keep you happy and upbeat throughout the day.
Any sort of exercise like walking for 30-40 minutes, swimming for 15-20 minutes, working out at gym for 15-20 minutes, playing, cycling, jogging etc can strengthen and relax the muscles and mind. Aerobic exercises are also good for the brain and body to relax, though difficult initially but become enjoyable very soon. Don’t remain static, ie sitting at one place for more than 30 min. Stretch yourself or take a few steps every half hour.
4. Yoga and Meditation
Yoga is the most popular exercise which is followed by many groups of people. Stretching and relaxing positions, along with breath control, cause the body and mind to relax reducing the stress levels. It helps in bringing down the levels of stress hormone is cortisol. There is a relaxing effect on the brain and the nervous system. Meditation is another beautiful technique which calms the mind and relaxes the body.
5. Good Sleep
Those who have a good quality sleep for 7-8 hours and can fall asleep quickly can reduce the stress hormone levels leading to a better and healthy life. Good sleep has many benefits to the human body. Techniques of falling asleep quickly and deeply, have been discussed in the article ‘Sleeping quickly, naturally’.
6. Taking A Break
Going out on vacation with your family/ friends /alone and moving closer to nature will certainly help relax your body and mind. It helps in gaining better health, more energy, the better output of work at your job and leads to overall happiness.
7. Bonding with Family and Friends / Socializing
Man was designed be a social animal. Mingling with your family members and friends will give a sense of security and enhances happiness which helps in lowering stress. Sharing your negative thoughts and emotions with persons who love and support you will help in relaxing your mind and improving your mood. Avoid loneliness and open to your loved ones.
8. Use of Natural Remedies
Many plants and herbs are known to contain substances which can relax the body and calm the mind. Some of them are Ashwagandha, Brahmi, Lavender, Kava Root etc. They are used to calm mood changes such as anxiety, irritability, restlessness and improve feeling of wellbeing.
9. Active Sexual Life
Love van be a boon or a pain!! Consensual sexual activities with your partners can produce good hormones like oxytocin and endorphins which help the body and mind to relax. Men having a good sex drive and indulging in consensual sex regularly have reduced stress levels. Satisfactory sexual life helps overcome the uncomfortable symptoms of stress.
Therefore, dear Men, train yourself to practice good habits and improve your health, increase your happiness, which will automatically reflect very positively in your family and friends too.