Mens health week 13-19th June. How do you beat stress?

This is the theme of Men's Health Week 2016.

It matters because if we don’t release stress, it can turn into something more serious.

This year, one in four men will develop a mental health problem. That is odds of 3 to 1. Or about the same as France or Germany winning the Euro 2016 football. In other words, it’s likely to happen sooner or later if we let stress build.

There are many things we can do to beat stress: exercise, sing, dance, laugh, play or listen to music, paint, write, volunteer, learn something new and lots more. Tell me what you do. Let's talk.

My message to men: talk about how you beat stress, talk about what causes it. Talk to your mates, talk to your family. And if you want to talk to a professional try my new Beat Stress service – I recommend 6 sessions to identify symptoms, explore triggers & learn strategies to reduce stress.

What are the warning signs? A relentless build-up of pressure, without the opportunity to recover, can lead to harmful stress. The important thing is to recognise the warning signs while you can do something about it. Common signs are: • Eating more or less than normal • Mood swings • Low self-esteem • Feeling tense or anxious • Not sleeping well (or wanting to sleep all the time) • Poor memory or forgetfulness • Excessive drinking and/or drug use. • Feeling really tired and lacking in energy • Withdrawing from family and friends • Behaving out of character • Finding it hard to concentrate and struggling at work • Losing interest in things you usually enjoy • Having unusual experiences, like seeing or hearing things that others don’t. • There may be physical signs too like headaches, irritable bowel syndrome or aches and pains.

Call me today to discuss how stress is affecting you & how I can help 07769156076

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