Video Games STILL The Best Way For Men To De-Stress (+9 Other Things That Help Men Unwind)
We live in a stressful age.
Well, at least that’s what we’re told, anyway. And we buy into that idea, don’t we?
Okay, sure, so the demands of work can be a little much sometimes. And there’s often not a lot to watch on Netflix, but we reckon as a generation we’ve got it pretty sweet.
That’s not to say that life isn’t a little stressful at times. Because it is. All we’re saying is this – in context? We don’t have it too bad. Waking up at 7am for work on a Tuesday morning with a slight hangover’s no fun…
But at least we don’t have to kill a bison for lunch, huh?
Historical context aside, it’s still important to deal with any stress or anxiety that we experience. If things are getting on top of you, it’s time to make a change. You’ve got to act.
Sit on them and minor irritants and stresses grow. You nurture them. It’s like you’re a bird and your stress is an egg.
How’s that for a lousy metaphor?
Still, we’re sticking with it. It turns out that playing video games is one of the best ways to alleviate stress in men. So we’re looking at it. And presenting you with nine other ways to smash those stress eggs of yours too…
1. Video Games
That’s right, a survey just conducted by those smart kids over at University College London has concluded that video games could be useful as a stress reliever for men.
Therapy comes in many forms, but for a lot of guys? Just sitting down to a game of Call of Duty is more than enough to straighten them out and let off a little steam. 29% of men, in fact.
It’s long been the common assumption amongst pretty much everyone that computer games have no real benefit other than to entertain teenagers. But it turns out they’re stress busters.
So get playing, y’all.
2. Talking to Pals
84% of the woman polled by the people behind the study said they’d talk to their friends if they were feeling down. Now, you might think that the number of men who answered similarly was drastically lower than that number, but it’s not.
74% of men quizzed by the research scientists would speak to their buddies if they began to suffer any kind of mental health issues. And that’s great news. A problem shared is a problem halved and all that.
It’s important not to keep stress, anxiety or depression to yourself. Sadly, suicide is now the biggest killer of men under 45. Check out our recent article which explores this worrying crisis further.
This one’s all down to your individual tastes. If you’re a gym-averse couch potato, you’re not going to feel a lot better on a running machine.
4. Naked Exercise
If you prefer getting sweaty in the sack instead of the gym, then go for it. Getting hot and heavy’s fun, we all know that. But there are health benefits too. Physical ones (depending on your style, fitness and enthusiasm) and mental ones too.
Being close to a partner can increase intimacy and has been shown to lower anxiety levels. It’s also a pretty immersive experience – if you do it right – there aren’t many more fun things that are going to take your mind off your problems. Even just for an evening.
Also, a little bedroom exercise produces those endorphins too.
Good news, are we right?!
5. Watching ‘Adult’ Videos Online
Hey, not everyone has a partner to do some naked exercise with. But you still need that ‘physical release’, right?
We’re not going to tell you what you need to do to achieve that release. We’re guessing you already know that.
We’ll give you a hint, though… It involves your laptop and closing your bedroom door.
6. Comfort Eating
31% of guys, when they’re feeling blue, turn to food. Now, we’re not advocating binge eating or anything silly like that. Obviously. But if a dirty burger or huge pizza perks you up, go for it.
Get ordering. Doctor’s orders.
7. Arts & Crafts
You might think that arts and crafts are more for kids and bored housewives, but you’d be wrong. We all have a creative side and there’s plenty of evidence that points to a bit of painting or making stuff can make you feel a whole lot more positive.
Arts and crafts could also become the perfect hobby for you.
Try it, you might like it…
8. Self-Help Books
This guy up here isn’t fussed about reading his self-help book in public, but you might be a little more comfortable taking a little printed advice in the privacy of your own home.
A few hours and a handful of change? Maybe it’s worth a shot. 32% of men say they’d incorporate a self-help book into their coping strategy.
9. Prescription Medication
27% of men turn to prescription medication when things start getting too much. It’s not ideal, certainly. But if they help you keep on an even keel, in moderation – perhaps they’re the way forward.
Obviously only take what your doctor prescribes, though.
A lot of chaps might scoff at the idea of sitting cross-legged and chanting as a way to relax, but hey – it’s worth a go, isn’t it? Meditation is something that’s helped people de-stress for thousands of years. Surely it’s worth at least trying. What, are you saying you know more than Buddha? You’re wiser than Buddha, huh?!
So there it is. Ten excellent starting points to getting that stress egg out of your life.
Time to relax…