The definition of Stress

What is stress to you?

Stress is killing us fast!

A recent study reports that men who experience persistent moderate or high levels of stress have a 50 percent higher mortality rate when compared with their less-stressed counterparts. Bottom line, stress affects us on so many levels.

Physically it can cause headaches, muscle tension or pain, chest pain, fatigue, change in sex drive, stomach upset and sleep problems to name a few. When it comes to your mood, stress causes anxiety, restlessness, lack of motivation or focus, irritability or anger and sadness or depression. And lastly, stress can affect your behaviors to cause overeating or under-eating, angry outbursts, drug or alcohol abuse, tobacco use and social withdrawal.

Stress that's left unchecked can contribute to health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. There's a number of actions one can take to deal with stresses including physical activity, meditation, yoga, tai chi, and in some cases recommended breathing techniques.

This past weekend at the Dad 2.0 Summit I was introduced to Man Therapy‘s Manly Mental Health Tips with Dr. Richard Mahogany. In this video Dr. Mahogany shares an ancient breathing technique guaranteed to reduce stress immediately!

I applaud Man Therapy for taking on a tough topic with a novel approach. Humor is definitely a valuable tool in breaking down barriers when it comes to men opening up about tough issues, in particular issues that relate to mental health.

The Man Therapy Mission: Working aged men (25-54 years old) account for the largest number of suicide deaths in Colorado. These men are also the least likely to receive any kind of support. They don’t talk about it with their friends. They don’t share with their family. And they sure as heck don’t seek professional treatment. They are the victims of problematic thinking that says mental health disorders are unmanly signs of weakness. And I, Dr. Rich Mahogany, am dedicated to changing that.

Part of a multi-agency effort, including the Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention, Carson J Spencer Foundation and Cactus, Man Therapy™ is giving men a resource they desperately need. A resource to help them with any problem that life sends their way, something to set them straight on the realities of suicide and mental health, and in the end, a tool to help put a stop to the suicide deaths of so many of our men.

To learn more about the research behind the campaign, please read Man Therapy: An Innovative Approach to Suicide Prevention in Working Aged Men.

If your group or organization is interested in using Dr. Rich Mahogany and ManTherapy.org, please contact me at [email protected]

Do you have a favorite technique for dealing with stress in your life?

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