Both men and women are placed under emotional, mental and physical stress in the workplace. I am writing this post focusing on men, I know women have just as much stress BUT men do have difficulty in expressing when enough is enough.
According to the National Statistics of the HSE Government Report relating to Health & Safety stats in 2013/14:
- The total number of cases work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2013/14 was 487,000 39% out of a total 1,241,000 cases for all work related illnesses reported.
- The number of new cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2013/14 was 244,00.
- The rates of work-related stress, depression and anxiety, for both total and new cases, have remained broadly flat for more than a decade.
- The total number of working days lost due to work-related stress, depression and anxiety was 11.3 million in 2013/14, an average of 23 days per case of stress, depression and anxiety.
Men tend to ‘relax’ in the gym and this is great as it will release pent up testosterone therefor, release the energy through the muscles however, it is SO important to calm the analytical mind that triggers all anxiety, stress and depression.
Stress is a prevalent component in today’s fast-paced world which can negatively impact on an individual’s health and well-being. Massage therapy has been shown to be a means by which stress can be reduced significantly on physical and psychological levels. While massage therapists know from experience that massage reduces stress, there is considerable research that validates our experience.
Men tend to lean towards the remedial massage, or a firm manipulative massage to relax , which is fine however it is only superficial, a quick fix to stress. Techniques to help the analytical mind, relaxing techniques and the main thing I always implement is visualization and correct breathing. Visualization is not a ‘new age meditation thing’, as one gentleman once put it (which is fine it is a way of protecting oneself to try and devalue something one doesn’t understand) Visualization is a precious tool that calms the conscious mind, which keeps us in a state of ‘flight’ mode, it switches the body into the parasympathetic nervous system to help decrease levels of anxiety and stress. Techniques can be taught so that you can do it at anytime and anywhere, even on the train – no need for a yoga mat and an incense stick.