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Stress and Burnout

Stress in Work and Life

Stress was designed by nature to be helpful. A life-threatening situation triggers stress hormones, which then enacts the flight-or-fight response in men, a survival technique that has protected us for millions of years. But when those stress hormones are triggered constantly by non-life-threatening situations like family stress or financial pressures, our health is put at serious risk.

Combine modern society, where stressful situations assault us daily, with the cultural beliefs that men are invulnerable superheroes, and we have a population of guys who are stressed out. It’s confusing because we believe that stress is supposed to be a testament to hard work, not a reaction to having too many demands. Guys tend to bottle-up the confusion and feel like they can’t talk about it or ask for help. Unfortunately, the repeated, chronic activation of our stress hormones can create some serious long-term physical and mental health problems.

Meanwhile, men under chronic stress start to shut down and withdraw socially, further compounding the issue as their work and relationships begin to deteriorate.

We can give you multiple tools to reduce stress that are easy to implement and can improve your health and your life.


80 percent of workplace accidents come from stress-related problems, like being distracted or tired.

– The Recovery Village


33 percent of people report feeling extreme stress.

– The Recovery Village


62 percent of Americans say that money is their most common source of stress.

– The American Institute of Stress


48 percent of people report stress hurts their personal and professional life.

– The American Institute of Stress

Symptoms of Stress in Men

Being under chronic stress is like your car’s motor is constantly redlining – it’s going to wear down the engine. Chronic stress can attack every system of the body, including the immune system, which increases your susceptibility to colds, flu, cancers, heart attacks and strokes.

  • Tired but can’t sleep
  • Recurring headaches
  • Neck and lower back pain
  • Chest pains
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Skin rashes and hives
  • Irritable, angry
  • Worried, depressed
  • Forgetful, lack of concentration
  • Lack of motivation
  • Substance abuse
  • Mood swings

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