Stress on Men’s Mental Health
Stress is a natural emotion to feel, and it is a common experience across both genders. When it comes to concern for mental health, it means both men and women. However, men and women may have different stressors or deal with their stressors differently. For example, the American Psychological Association (APA) reports that women are more likely to experience physical and emotional signs associated with stress. Yet, women are typically better at maintaining connections with those around them during periods of stress, which can help them manage such feelings (1). This article will discuss stress in men specifically and how men can healthily manage these feelings.
What kind of stress do men face today?
Men face many of the same stressors as women. Often, stress can be related to one’s job and career, including job-related pressure, large workload, performance anxiety, and tight deadlines. Outside of work, men may face stressors involving financial obligations, family, relationships, significant life changes, illness, or injury.
What are the symptoms of stress?
There are several physical and emotional signs of stress, and everyone will experience stress differently. Physical symptoms of anxiety in men can include signs such as:
Emotional signs of stress in men can include signs such as:
What are healthier ways men can deal with stress versus old, unhealthy habits?
Sometimes, both men and women can deal with their stress in unhealthy ways. For example, when feeling overwhelmed, men may exhibit behaviors such as:
While these behaviors may feel good in the moment, these are all unhealthy ways to cope with feelings of stress. Instead, men should implement more productive methods for dealing with life’s stressors.
Healthier behaviors to deal with negative emotions can include:
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