The holidays are approaching and I can already feel a lot of stress building up. How does holiday stress affect my health and what warning signs should I be aware of as the stress starts to build?

Are you constantly stressed out? Tired all the time? Stress is a natural part of life, but chronic stress – stress we face on a day-to-day basis- can wear us down be damanging to our overall health. Cortisol is a hormone, produced by the adrenal glands, responsible for helping the body cope with stress. On a short term level, cortisol can be life-saving; however, the overproduction of cortisol can interfere with the function of other hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone.

According to an article published on WorldHealth.net, yoga can help women and men decrease inflammation and in turn significantly reduce the risk of heart disease, type-II diabetes, arthritis and other inflammatory-related health challenges brought on by aging.

According to an article on NaturalNews.com, recent studies funded by the Medical College of Wisconsin and Iowa’s Maharishi University have concluded that people who use stress-reduction techniques such as breathing exercises and meditation can significantly reduce their risk of heart attack, stroke and death attributed to heart disease.

Over 60 million American men and women suffer from insomnia and sleeplessness each year and recent studies have indicated that the cause may be largely attributed to an underlying hormonal imbalance.

Exercising regularly, eating and sleeping well, and meditating each day help improve a man’s overall health and well-being. Other ways to reduce stress include solving the cause of stress, avoiding stressful situations, accepting things you can’t change, avoid procrastination, and don’t overload yourself. While taking these approaches, it is important to keep a positive attitude. Most importantly, when you do something good for yourself you should celebrate your victory and recognize the hard work you put into your efforts. All of these steps should help a man lead a less stressful and healthier life.

It's National Men's Health Week... The purpose of the observance is to raise awareness of preventable health problems and encourage the early detection and treatment of health problems affecting men. Take care of yourself and be proactive with your health, not reactive!

It is important for men to realize the importance of stress reduction, diet and lifestyle on their hormone levels. Men should find ways to reduce their stress such as meditation, exercise, reading, journaling or enjoying nature.

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