MHFrom the Editor

Men’s Health May: Breathe In, Breathe Out



The fact is that the ramification is anything but pleasant. The pressure, the annoyance, the sense of being under constant surveillance that leads to the question: “You seem bothered… have you got something you’d like to talk about?” Well, you’ve allowed stress to build up without noticing it’s reached that tipping point.

Nowadays, you don’t have to be a politician to feel that bodily response weighing down on you. For the man striving to live a less stressful life, the sense of meeting the expectations of others and even the dread of your next medical checkup are going to work against you. When you get around unmasking the enemy, your health may have vanished.

A quote lingers in my mind recently: “To be a champion, you have to learn to handle stress and pressure. But if you’ve prepared mentally and physically, you don’t have to worry.” And on the topic of worrying, another quote pops up: “If there is no solution to the problem then don’t waste time worrying about it. If there is a solution to the problem then don’t waste time worrying about it.” So are the consequences of stress irreversible, or can we tackle the tension before it ambushes you? On p56 we examine six situations where it may occur with tricks to keep it under control, in Calm The Hell Down!

This month, we also show you another health hazard you most probably realised you’re committing already—find out how stress, late-night snacking and exercise can keep you from getting adequate shut-eye on p82. The danger is as real as it gets; ignorance is not advisable.

Elsewhere we hope you continue to enjoy our more comprehensive style section as well as pages of the latest workout routines. For some of us, managing stress (read p54 and p70 for our travel suggestions) is nothing new while for the others: How aware of it are you?


John Ng

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