Men & Stress

It’s been discussed many, many times. Men and women are different. We know this. You may be thinking that’s rather obvious, I would respond that it is – and it isn’t – always obvious.
First and foremost, men and women have different biological mechanisms and hormones. They possess different outlooks on life. Men and women are often exposed to different societal contexts.

As a society, we nurture the emotional reactions, personality traits and yes – the differences – between the two genders. However, stress is a physiological reaction to change that occurs in every day life. Hard to think that stress is reactive but that’s exactly what it is.

Where stress is concerned, the majority of men seem to experience the type that is directly related to their identity. When asked who he is, the majority of men will answer:

  • I am a salesman.
  • I am a trainer.
  • I am a plumber.
  • I am a teacher.
  • I am a writer.
  • I am an accountant.
  • I am a systems administrator.

Men have been conditioned from birth to keep their insecurities and emotions internalized. They are advised to tough it out. They are taught to be a man. Because men are not allowed to vent their emotions, it makes exercise and fitness even more vital.

When men exercise regularly, they burn off excess energy that stress generates. When the body doesn’t burn off this excess energy, it can be left with damage to the stomach, heart, lungs and other vital organs.

The best stress reducer is physical exercise. It gives men the feeling of taking care of it and toughing it out while dealing with their stress in a very positive manner. Those two feelings are extremely important for the masculine image.

Maintaining mental and physical fitness means coping with stress in positive manners. Exercise is just one way that men can make a difference in their lives and the lives of their family members. Remember, when you are happy, your family will be happier.

The following stress reducers allow you to take control of the situation and still take it like a man and tackle problems on your terms.

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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.