The number one cause of visible aging in men today is stress. Be it from the work, kids, or the little lady, it all adds up. The tension builds in your head, runs down your face, and spreads to your body. You know the signs. Love handles, baggy eyes, wrinkles all accumulate, adding years to your actual age. Why put up with it? Unwind, relax, crack open a bottle of scotch and read these five stress reducing tips.
- Unplug – Turn
off the cell phone, power down your computer. Today, many people feel
that they are ‘on call’ all the time. Sever the ties and enjoy some
quiet time. Grab that book you’ve been meaning to read and head to the
park, or just stay at home and relax in a comfy spot. Enjoy a little
peace and quiet.
- Start saying No
– Most people are pulled in about 20 different directions all of the
time. Help out here, volunteer there…while they are all good causes and
they all need help, you aren’t the end all answer for them all of the
time. Today, many people volunteer or serve simply because they feel
obligated to do so. If you volunteer somewhere, do it because you want
to and enjoy it. Learn to say no every once in awhile and use the time
doing something you enjoy.
- Exercise –
You don’t necessarily need to go enroll in a gym or start a detailed
exercise regime. Just get out for a walk, take a bike ride, or go for a
swim. Whatever type of physical activity you enjoy; get out and do it.
Exercise is an excellent way to relieve stress. Physical exertion is
also a great way to ward off insomnia as well.
- Positive Thinking –
It may not sound like much, but it is helpful. This may be hard in the
beginning, especially if you are a cynical person, but give it a try
for a few days. Stress and anxiety is tiring. Positive thinking enables
you to overcome your anxiety and find happiness and serenity. You may
find that simple mundane things that caused stress before no longer
adversely affect you.
- The Big Picture –
When something starts ‘stressing you out’, take a step back and
evaluate it in light of everything else going on in the world. Is it
really significant enough to cause problems for you? In the grand
scheme of things, how important were those two or three extra minutes
that you had to wait in line at the store? Let the little things slide.
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