Reduce Your Stress Levels for Better Health

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Men and women are very different in how they process things. While women often share their feelings and emotions with friends and family, men are a lot less likely to do this. This is possibly why the suicide rate in men is higher than in women, with men in the US almost four times as likely to take their own life than women. 

With this in mind, it is super important to keep your stress levels to a minimum and this article will explore ways you can do this easily.

Meditation

While a lot of men are put off by the idea of meditation, imagining some huge spiritual awakening sitting on a mountain side, the reality is that it doesn’t need to be anywhere near as dramatic as that. Meditation is really about being still in the moment. It reduces stress and anxiety and promotes mindfulness. It can be as simple as taking a few moments to breathe and clear your mind, or embarking on a full blown retreat and learning relaxation techniques from monks. 

It is entirely up to you how deep you want to take this new found hobby, and it can take practice as first, but you will find the health benefits are multiple. Don’t be put off if you feel your mind wandering when you first begin, this is entirely normal!

Gaming

If you’re looking for something with a more modern twist, then believe it or not gaming can be a huge stress reliever. This is because, like meditation, it allows you to immerse yourself in the moment and forget about the day’s stresses and anxieties. With multi player gaming, it’s also now a great way to meet like minded people which is fantastic for your mental health.

Obviously you’re going to need some equipment to start this, Windows gaming laptops are a fantastic option for new and seasoned gamers alike and there is a huge range to choose from so something to suit every budget.

Reading

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Reading is a great way to unwind after a long hard day, and you can completely lose yourself in the story. Again, it promotes mindfulness and living in the moment.

Exercise

Exercise is a mindful activity with the added benefit of giving you a release of endorphins (a feel good hormone). Any sport, so long as it’s not too stressful, is going to be beneficial to your overall mental and physical wellbeing and help you keep your stress levels to a minimum.

Mindfulness is hugely important as most mental health issues stem from either living in the past (which causes depression) or living in the future (which causes anxiety). Any activity which has you focus entirely on the here and now is going to aid mindfulness which in turn will help with stress levels.Stress, although a mental dilemma, actually also has physical effects too. We are less able to fight off viruses when we are stressed, for example. So, as well as the mental health benefits of mindfulness, your physical well being will also see an improvement.