Taking care of your mind is an important step in taking care of your body. Creating a life free from stress and worry might seem impossible, but there are healthy ways to seek serenity and get your head clear.
Address your stress
Stress at home or work can cause unhealthy weight gain or weight loss. It can significantly increase your risk of heart disease and other medical problems, too. Stress can also lower your sperm count and your testosterone levels. These tested tips are proven to reduce stress:
- Deal with the stress directly and move on
- Take deep, slow breaths when you feel stress coming on
- Try to laugh by watching a funny web video or TV show
- Sweat it out with a solid workout or run
- Talk to someone you trust.
Recognize when it’s something more
Sometimes normal stress turns into more serious issues. Depression and anxiety may require professional help. Men don’t like to ask for help but doing so is a sign of strength. Once you recognize you are having a problem, you can to do something about it.
It’s always important to talk to your healthcare provider about your situation so you can get the help you need. You can also call the National Lifeline for Support at (800) 273-TALK (8255).
A healthy partner makes for healthy pregnancy
If your partner is pregnant, your health and your role in the relationship becomes even more important. She will look to you for support, information and a little stress relief every now and then.
Being there for your partner can actually decrease her risk of complications during delivery and increase her chances of breastfeeding successfully.
Your role is vital. So is your health. Take care of yourself so your family stays healthy.
Remember that there’s always help available. Even if it’s just a person to talk to. Pick up the phone and call National Lifeline for Support 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for support.