Men's Health Week - Stress
Men's Health Week runs from 13th – 19th June this year, but June is also considered Men’s Health Month! Led by the Men's Health Forum, the purpose of Men’s Health Week is to raise awareness of preventable health issues and encourage men and boys to seek professional advice for health related problems. This year the theme was stress. Everyone gets stressed, but the real question is what can we do about it and how can we alleviate it? Stress can lead to something much more serious. The Men’s Health Forum states that this year, one in four men will develop a mental health problem. That is odds of 3 to 1.
What is stress?
We all know what stress feels like but to get a more in-depth understanding, it's helpful to take a look at the origins of this natural but often harmful human instinct. Stress causes a surge of hormones in your body that include adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones help you to deal with any threats or pressure you are facing - which is called the 'fight or flight' response. Often, the problem – and the key to our high stress levels – is that whereas traditional 'fight or flight' situations were over quickly, today they drag on and on. As a result, we live with the harmful effects of mini shots of adrenalin and cortisol constantly hitting our blood supply.
How can we alleviate stress in every day life?
A University of Missouri at Columbia study found that 33 minutes of high-intensity exercise helps lower stress levels more than working out at a moderate pace. What's more, the benefits last as long as 90 minutes afterward.
Meditation or mindfulness can help you find the mental clarity to process the negative scenarios that you encounter and find answers. Mindfulness can also help you to see the world ‘as it is’ so that the numerous petty annoyances of a typical day don’t bother you quite so much.
Go for a walk.
An activity as simple as walking can provide an immediate change of scenery and body chemistry that can drastically reduce stress. Adding just 20 minutes of walking to your day could help drastically.
Take time out.
Nothing is more important than your health. If you feel as if your stress levels are approaching boiling point, take some time for a relaxing getaway. Do the things you enjoy. Spend time with family, hit the golf course. Everyone needs some ‘me’ time every now and then.
Hit the Spa
It may not be at the top of your list, but a visit to a spa is the perfect way to relax and unwind. Studies have shown that the frequency of visiting a spa directly correlates with better quality sleep, fewer sick days, and fewer hospitalisations. So, book yourself in for a treatment, relax in the sauna or take part in a yoga class.
Here are Lifehouse we offer a range of spa days and stays and a range of treatments specifically for men. For more information on these click here.