Running a Business is #Stressful

Often running your own business your are the cook, cleaner, accountant, shopper, marketeer, waiter, and much more! People around you may not realise the stress that you bare, and even you yourself may not be aware of the long term effect of all the daily burden a business can have on you!

Heart Research UK’s weekly Healthy Tip – Speak up about stress in Men’s Health Week #MHW2016

Men’s Health Week, which runs from 13-19 June is putting the spotlight on stress.

Stress is a normal part of life but if not regularly released and tackled early it can lead to more serious problems, including high blood pressure and sometimes even angina like symptoms of chest pain.

Stress can also lead to other unhealthy behaviours such as smoking, alcohol consumption and sedentary habits which can all add up to increased risk of heart disease.

Men are notoriously poor at seeking medical help when it comes to mental health and with 8 in ten suicides occurring in men, it’s time to change.  Heart Research UK are supporting Men’s Health Forum by encouraging men to talk about stress, what causes it and seeking support from friends, family, and managers or a health professional to try beat it.

Don’t bottle it up

Talking is the best place to start in combatting the causes of stress, so don’t suffer in silence. If you don’t feel ready to share what’s in your head with those around you, chat for free and anonymously with the Beat Stress service at https://www.menshealthforum.org.uk/beat-stress-chat

Time for a health MOT

It’s well known that men are less likely to visit their GP than women, and when they do eventually make that appointment, the situation has usually become serious.

Over 40’s are eligible for a free NHS Health Check so if you haven’t already had yours make an appointment with your GP now and take advantage of the opportunity to off-load.

In the meantime, get clued up on how a healthier lifestyle can help your heart by downloading Heart Research UK’s lifestyle leaflets at http://heartresearch.org.uk/heart/lifestyle-leaflets

Get physical

Physical activity is a great stress buster. Whether it’s a lunchtime walk, an evening jog or a spot of living room yoga, exercise is important for your body and mind.

Sing, dance, run, write, paint or play – however you choose to unwind, don’t forget to talk.

Follow Heart Research UK and look out for more stress-smart tips during Men’s Health Week and help to look after your heart.

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