9 Way’s to Recognise a Man’s Stress

What are the signs you should be looking out for to tell if a male colleague or boss, partner or friend, is experiencing stress?

But hey…isn’t stress just a figment of the imagination? Or, is it a very real state of mind that massively affects the body? And can you seriously tell if someone else is suffering inside?

Yes, stress is real, its effects on the body are far reaching, and yes, the tell-tale signs of stress will most likely be evident – males spend a lot of energy trying to hide how they feel for as long as possible so you will need to look for the evidence.

Stress can be described as a state of mental or emotional strain or ten­sion resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.

Everyone needs to understand how important it is to acknowledge any stress, anxiety, or tension they’re experiencing. Ad­mitting to yourself or to a trusted professional that you are living with stress is the first step towards finding a solution. It can be very easy to make excuses, deny the obvious signs, ignore any symptoms, justify the why, or convince yourself that what you’re encountering is due to cir­cumstances outside of your control.

‘You must first see yourself as part of the problem

before you can be part of the solution.’

— Peter Furlong

So, how do you know if that guy you work or live with is experiencing some form of stress, overwhelm or anxiety?

Here are 9 of the most commonly displayed symptoms which could indicate that the man in front of you is stressed or anxious

  1. Withdrawn – seems to spend more time alone, hiding out in an office or out on the job, not joining in as much with others   
  2. Working longer hours – yet doesn’t seem to be achieving any more, in fact it appears he’s achieving less 
  3. Doesn’t want to do anything socially – not as much fun as he used to be, things all seem a little too serious, not keen to do the social events with the team
  1. Always tired – looks tired, seems lethargic and as though things are a bit of an effort
  2. Indecision – takes longer to make decisions, even the simple everyday ones
  3. Sudden bursts of anger – these outbursts would be out of character, he ‘loses it’ over something relatively minor
  4. Loss of focus – his mind seems to be all over the place, you can’t seem to get him to zoom into what’s really needed, hard to pin down
  5. Increased addictive behaviours – eating more junk food or missing lunch, drinking, smoking more, or using drugs (legal or otherwise)
  6. Reduced emotional connection – doesn’t seem to care as much about the people around him, not as engaged as he used to be, not as available, not as present

Keep a look out for these signs. One or two isolated events doesn’t mean stress or anxiety but in combination these symptoms generally indicate there’s something going on for the guy, and his stress or anxiety will require attention sometime soon.

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