How men can better manage stress
Today there is a significant conversation about stress and especially about stress at work about women. The number of people signed off due to stress-related ill-health has grown at an alarming rate.
As a mindfulness coach, I see many women reaching out for support. Mindfulness training in and out of workplaces, yoga, meditation and the like appear strongly skewed to females. Therefore, it’s essential that we talk more about men and stress in the workplace and beyond. And find more ways to encourage men to participate in mindfulness training. So for International Men’s Day, I put together a short overview of stress with a focus on men.
How to respond to stress differently
Often, we talk about stress in a one-dimensional context, i.e., fight or flight. However, is this the only response humans have to stress? According to research we have another innate response ‘tend and befriend’ which allows us to bring care and compassion to the forefront of any stressful situation.
Are you taking better care of your car than you do yourself?
We certainly feel our bodies when having pain or a headache. But many of us are ‘out of touch’ with our bodies, with our real selves. Moreover, we only notice the body when it gets sore, sick or can’t keep up with what we want it to do. Many people look after their cars better than their bodies.