Even with all the progress being made in the field of mental health awareness, this topic is still shrouded in secrecy and embarrassment for many, and especially for men.
There are various factors responsible, including the social construct of men being the strong ones, and discussions of feelings and emotions by men considered to be taboo.
But men deal with mental health issues too, and especially anxiety. Let’s find out more about anxiety in men.
What is Anxiety And What is Anxiety Disorder?
Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress, which manifests as tension, worry, and uneasiness, and physical changes such as a rapid heartbeat and increased blood pressure.
It is normal to have some anxiety in day to day life. However, when anxiety begins to interfere with the ability to function, it is characterised as a mental health condition called an anxiety disorder.
There are various types of anxiety disorders, and they can have a long-lasting impact on your mental and physical health if left untreated.
Anxiety Disorder in Men
Men do suffer from anxiety, although its symptoms differ from those in women.
The common symptoms of anxiety in men include:
Nausea and dizziness
Shortness of breath
Feelings of panic
Restlessness and feeling edgy
Problems with concentration
Increased irritability and anger
Nervousness in performing everyday tasks
Increase in alcohol or drug consumption
Anxiety may go undiagnosed in men due to their tendency to disregard and downplay their thoughts and emotions.
Men may isolate themselves from family and friends assuming it will be easier to manage anxiety.
However, this may cause them to feel helpless and they may fail to distract themselves from the thoughts stemming from anxiety.
Tips to Overcome Anxiety
Take good care of your body by consuming healthy foods that include a good amount of vitamins and proteins. Keep yourself hydrated.
Make it a point to exercise regularly. It improves your mood and reduces anxiety.
Avoid drugs and try to limit your intake of caffeine, alcohol, and high-sugar containing foods.
Do something that gives you pleasure and motivation. It could be taking a walk, reading a book, or trying out a new hobby.
Observe yourself and identify the triggers that make you feel anxious. This will help you anticipate and avoid those triggers.
Talk to a family member/friend or write in a journal about your feelings. Documenting or discussing your feelings of anxiety and mapping the triggers will help you gain insight into your anxiety.
Practice meditation, yoga, or breathing techniques to help you calm down and reduce your anxiety.
Lastly, remember that there is no shame in seeking help from a mental health professional for your anxiety issues.
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