Men don’t often admit that they suffer from anxiety problems, but anxiety is as common in men as it is with women. Anxiety is a serious problem – one that prevents many men from achieving their goals or finding contentment with the tasks they undertake.
But one of the problems that men face is that some of their anxiety is self-inflicted. While men rarely cause their own anxiety, anxiety is often fueled by common behaviors that many men display during their day to day life. If you want to cut down on your anxiety, you’ll need to avoid any anxiety fueling behaviors and focus your attention on relaxation and coping.
Anxiety Fueling Behaviors
- Alcohol Use – Alcohol is one of the leading reasons that men continue to experience anxiety issues. Alcohol is known to change body chemistry in a way that increases anxiety both during and after drinking, and may lead to unhealthy behaviors while intoxicated that could contribute to anxiety later in life.
- Inactivity – Most careers these days are low on activity. But exercise has legitimate, well researched benefits for relieving anxiety. Men that don’t exercise are not burning off cortisol (stress hormones), nor are they increasing their production of endorphins (good mood neurotransmitters). Inactivity legitimately creates and fuels anxiety.
- Fear Generating Activities – What you do in your spare time can also have an effect on your anxiety as well. If you often engage in reckless activities, watch horror movies, etc., you build up little bits of anxiety that over time will contribute to your regular anxiety.
- Smartphone Use – Men, especially, have become addicted to smartphones, and surprisingly these little technological devices can increase anxiety. Overuse of technology is a known contributor to daily anxiety, and the constant updating (text messages, emails, etc.) can cause nervous behaviors while waiting for the next message to arrive.
- Ignoring Their Anxiety – Ignoring your anxiety can also potentially fuel it. Studies have shown that the more you try not to think about something, the more you do think about it. Accepting that you have anxiety can actually give you fewer anxiety symptoms.
- Gambling – Gambling has a profound effect on anxiety. Gambling itself is often non-stop anxiety that can last until long after you have finished gambling, and losing can create financial difficulties that also contribute to greater anxiety levels.
- Lack of Goals – Men, especially as they age, need to have goals to help give them direction and focus. Without this focus, it’s difficult to see the future with the right level of positivity, and that can increase the way you experience your anxiety and the hope you have of curing it.
- Unsupportive Friends – Men can be extremely loyal to their long-time friends, but some men surround themselves with negative men that are unsupportive. Friends are important, but friends that are supportive are much more so, especially if you want to live with less stress.
- Avoiding Sleep – Sleep is a powerful tool. Many men ignore sleep in order to watch TV, party, watch sports, etc. But sleep is a necessary part of living with good mental health. Ensuring that you get the requisite amount of sleep every day will improve your long term anxiety outlook.
- Ignoring Your Health Needs – In addition to a lack of exercising, many men avoid going to the doctor and/or fail to eat healthier when they need to. Not only are these behaviors unhealthy (and problems with your body’s health can fuel anxiety), but many men fear for their own health while still not doing anything about it. Knowing that you’re on a road towards good health will keep some of that anxiety at bay.
Men are not responsible for their own anxiety. Anxiety is a partially genetic condition that is culminated through years of life experience. But men are responsible for some of the issues that fuel it. Reduce the mistakes in the list above, and your anxiety symptoms will decrease with it.
About the Author: Ryan Rivera suffered from panic attacks and anxiety for years before he realized some of the ways he created his own anxiety problems. He writes about anxiety and related conditions at www.calmclinic.com.Sponsored links: