Whether you run your own business or are an employee in a company, its very likely that your job is more stressful than it was ten years ago. If you add to that the stresses and strains of modern family life, whether it’s financial pressures, worries about children, relationship issues; they all impact on your physical and mental wellbeing. Men can tend to take good health for granted, until something goes wrong. It’s a well known fact that they are far more reluctant to visit their GP than women. So, just out of interest, take a look at the following questions –
Evaluating Men’s Health
How well do you look after your physical health? eg Do you get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked regularly?
Do you have a balanced diet and regular meals? i.e. plenty of fresh fruit & veg, as well as protein and carbs.
How many hours a week do you work on average, including the work you bring home?
How easy do you find it to relax and switch off and do you have down time each day ?
Symptoms of Stress/Depression
- irritability, sudden outbursts of anger
- sleeping problems
- poor appetite or over-eating
- distancing yourself from others/withdrawal
- loss of interest in hobbies/sports
- panic attacks/hyperventilation
- “freezing” in stressful situations i.e. shutting down, physically and mentally
- being unable to think clearly or make decisions
- unexplained headaches or physical pains
Of course you don’t have to experience all these symptoms at once to be suffering from stress or depression. If you can identify with three or more of the above, then it might be a good idea to talk to your GP. You know the old adage, “prevention is better than cure”, well it does make a lot of sense and contrary to what you may believe, it actually takes a lot of courage to ask for help and it isn’t a sign of weakness.