Stache You Next Season: Movember

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Though this is the last week of Movember, part of me still feels that we won’t have to wait until next Movember to see another string of mustaches.  “Championship staches,” are amongst the many superstitious means in which teams try and continue their win streaks, so keep your social media devouring eyes open for the resurrection of the mustache this spring 2014 season.

We’ve seen an assortment of mustaches ranging from the entire band of Lynard Skynyrd, to handle-bars, goetees, pencils, and Super Marios.  Our team mostly consisted of 1970’s versions of Alex Trebek, make of that what you’d like.  Regardless of how strange the first days of rocking a mustache felt, we knew we were doing what our representatives at Movember HQ wanted us to do, that being strike up a conversation because of our mustache.

With the fun of Movember ending and winter quickly making its presence known, one feeling in particular tends to start to boil up in many of us…anxiety.  As I’ve said in my other articles, Movember was not only created to raise awareness for testicular and prostate cancer, but also overall men’s health, that includes mental health.  In today’s article I will talk about some early signs of anxiety, negative affects it can have and also ways to cope with it.

What is Anxiety?

You may think that anxiety is when you’re studying for that big exam, or are going on a date with your dream guy or girl for the first time, but actually anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worry. While stress and anxious feelings are in fact a common response to a situation where a person feels under pressure, those feelings usually fade once the stressful situation has passed, or ‘stressor’ is removed, leaving you feeling cool, calm, and collected again.

The difference between the feeling of anxiety and actually suffering from the condition of anxiety is when these anxious feelings don’t subside. Anxiety is when these feelings are ongoing and exist without any particular reason or cause.  Anxiety can be troublesome in people’s lives, interrupting daily social activities, relationships, school and work.

How do I fix this?

You may be saying to yourself, “well I feel like that pretty often, but I’m not sure if it’s anxiety.”  What you should try are some anxiety and stress relief practices consistently for extended period of time. If after a month of being diligent you are still feeling anxious everyday, then it might be time to seek help from a certified professional.

Some of the most common stress and anxiety relief practices include yoga, meditative breathing, and even playing fetch with Rover or pulling out the laser pointer and letting your cat Garfield chase it around.  Some techniques work better than others for each individual, but when it comes to anxiety and stress relief, it is important to keep your options open.

Coup de grâce

Even though Movember is almost over, that doesn’t mean you have to stop being a healthy, mustached, awareness-bringing chap.  Stepping out of your comfort zone and wearing a crazy mustache for an entire month should have left an imprint on your heart that you can still be “the man” even with a hideous football field or hair on your upper lip.  Furthermore, you now have the knowledge that you can make it to the gym instead of playing CoD for hours and you have the power to choose the super-salad over the double-bloody steak with fries and gravy.  Go forth and continue to be the man of men, a healthy, confident, stress-free man who rivals Dos Equis.

Below you’ll find our final outcomes of Movember:

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Tieg “Stone Cold” Bean – Pink Whales

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Doug “Tom Selleck” Madonia – Honorary ConnectLAX + Pinkwhales member

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Nick “Free Bird” Lattimore – ConnectLAX

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Dan “Should Be in Scarface” Hettler – Pinkwhales

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Gage “Part the Red Sea Stache” Mersereau – ConnectLAX

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Harley “Stach of the Year” Brown – ConnectLAX

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