"The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another." - William James
Stress is unfortunately, a part and parcel of today's lifestyle. It can adversely affect our well-being and health. Generally, it is of two types:
- Eustress: It's a type of stress that is often termed as helpful stress.
- Distress: A damaging type of stress, it occurs when the person is unable to cope with the daily pressures of life.
Stress is considered to be an individual experience, and a person's ability to deal with stress can differ invariably from another. When it comes to recognizing signs, men are the worst at it. Recognizing stress for men is often assumed as a sign of weakness in their personality, so men generally tend to ignore the initial symptoms of stress.
Symptoms of Stress in Men
Men, like women, are affected by stress and can experience physical and psychological problems due to severe stress symptoms.
Even if he works for a small duration, he experiences extreme fatigue. This fatigue is not only physical, rather it's a type of mental crushing of the individual's ability to take on the pressures of work. No amount of sleep and rest works in this case, and the person feels demotivated after every failed attempt to rejuvenate his energy levels.
Moreover, the disordered sleep may be accompanied by nightmares. Long continued irregular sleeping patterns result in sleeping disorders that are more psychological rather than being caused by any physical problems.
Constant worrying creates a vicious cycle of negative thinking and ruins the mental peace of the individual. The person lives in a world of fear, tension, and worry that harms the mind and body in the long run.
Sudden mood swings and behavioral changes are usually the first indicators that a person is under tremendous stress. We all know how irritable it feels when we are under severe stress while at work or home (due to various reasons).
Under severe stress, we are often at the threshold of losing patience, and even a small problem can provoke us to be extremely rude or harsh in behavior. The frustration building inside our mind and body erupts in the form of anger and often leads to aggressive behavior towards friends or family members.
Guilt and Feeling of Worthlessness
The intensity of emotional upheaval when the individual undergoes the feeling of guilt escalates stress. A deep emotional anguish about past events or failures leads to a feeling of worthlessness in the mind of the sufferer. The individual continually drags himself in an orgy of self-pity and prefers isolation.
Some men going through stress will try to face it and cope with it. But others will try and run as far as possible from the stress and burden that they are facing. Taking the help of drugs and alcohol can be a symptom of developing stress in men. Drugs and alcohol will affect the health of an individual and will attract problems in family life as well.
Few More Indicators
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle ache
- Chest pain
- Erratic heartbeat
- Low sex drive
- Excess sweating
- High blood pressure
- Increased perspiration
- Facing difficulty while relaxing
- Weight gain or excessive weight loss
- Increased use of drugs and alcohol
- Relationship changes with close ones
- Overeating or Anorexia nervosa
Be it be a male or female, everyone may go through stressful times either at home, work, or both. Although, a little stress now and then is not a big concern, if it turns into chronic stress, then it may lead to some serious health troubles, some of which are as follows:
Consequences of Long-term Stress
- Heart diseases
- Menstrual problems
- Eating disorders
- Hair problems
- Skin infections
- Depression and anxiety
- Sexual dysfunction
Stress can be tackled by sustained efforts of the individual and the ones close to him. An individual experiencing these symptoms need not be hesitant in seeking a counselor's help. The sufferer can also share his experience with the family members and chalk out a plan to kick stress out of his life.