overcoming the daily grind

How Men Can Overcome the Daily Grind

Modern life can be incredibly stressful and demanding. According to the American Institute of Stress, Americans are 20 percent more stressed than everyone else. For many, managing their workloads, health, relationships, and everything else has become a juggling act. People have too-full plates and commonly feel overwhelmed, burdened, burned out, and demotivated by it all.

If you can relate, you should change your lifestyle to make it more sustainable. It’s the only way to avoid burnout, not to mention you deserve to feel happy and fulfilled. Below, Talking About Men’s Health offers some suggestions on how to make the daily grind more manageable and sustainable:

Find Ways to Relieve Stress

Some amount of stress is unavoidable, but it can and should be managed. Pent-up stress can be incredibly harmful to your body. You should fill your day up with activities that relieve stress. Some examples are taking breaks, going on mini-walks, going out in nature, daydreaming, meditating, listening to music, playing games, and practicing art therapy.

Research Ways to Improve Your Sleep Habits

The amount – and quality – of sleep you get has a massive impact on your energy levels, mood, and health. Insomnia is a common complaint for many. If you have trouble sleeping, you should look into ways to sleep better. Suggestions include creating a pre-bedtime routine, avoiding screens in bed, reading a book to relax, and avoiding food before bedtime. The CDC offers more sleep guidance.

Pick up a New Exercise Routine

Working out regularly helps you to tune your body and mind. Staying in shape will fill you up with energy, making it easier to get through your day. Also, being physically tired can help you fall asleep quicker. If you don’t have an exercise routine already, it’s easy enough to pick one up – you can download health apps or check the internet for advice. Working out at home to save time is always an option.

Make Your Home Comfortable

Your home can be a haven or a source of stress. If your space is disorganized, full of clutter, and unclean, it’s going to make you feel uncomfortable and stressed out. Clean, beautiful, organized spaces, on the other hand, can uplift your mind and spirit. As such, clean often and reorganize your space to promote a better flow of energy. Consider painting your walls a soothing color, let in more natural light, and get a few potted plants.

Stay Connected to Friends and Family

Having strong relationships is key to feeling supported and motivated. If you have enough good people in your life, you may not even feel the daily grind. As such, it’s a good idea to spend time with friends and family. If there are toxic people in your life, limit your interactions and learn strategies to manage conflict.

Embark on a New Fulfilling Career

Your career is a source of satisfaction, recognition, and wealth. If you’re not satisfied with how things are currently, it may be time to move in a new career direction. You could conceivably go back to school to pick up a degree and land a new job or promotion. For instance, enrolling in an MBA program could allow you to develop your knowledge of business, strategy, and management. It could also teach you in-demand skills like leadership, self-awareness, and self-assessment. You could learn online in your spare time.


Learning how to master your day is key to navigating the daily grind. If you can put your time and energy to good use, you’ll be able to tend to all your obligations and still have enough time to care for yourself and pursue the things you enjoy. Some experimenting may be necessary to find the right life balance for you.

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Janice Russell

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Janice Russell believes the only way to survive parenthood is to find the humor in it. She created Parenting Disasters so that parents would have a go-to resource whenever they needed a laugh, but also to show parents they aren’t alone. She wants every frazzled parent out there to remember that for every kid stuck in a toilet, there’s another one out there somewhere who’s just graced their parents’ walls with some Sharpie artwork! 

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