Sink Stress


Men's Health (Australia) - - Contents -

Use snooker tac­tics to break the blues for good.

While we’d be ar­ro­gant to be dis­mis­sive about the rise of the wishy-washy mind­ful­ness trend, we’re equally aware it’s not every­one’s cup of jas­mine tea. Clearly, our minds are in need of calm: rates of de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety among Aus­tralian work­ers have soared by nearly a third since 2013. But if chakras aren’t your thing, there are other op­tions.

For every man able to find hush in the com­pany of a med­i­ta­tion app, there’s an­other who’d rather seek so­lace set against a less re­con­structed back­drop. Which is now all the more pos­si­ble thanks to an Anglia Ruskin Univer­sity sur­vey of more than 1000 snook­er­play­ing hob­by­ists, the re­sults of which should break the dark­est of funks. It found that a few reg­u­lar frames can help you pocket bet­ter men­tal health by pro­mot­ing a state of deep re­lax­ation. Re­searchers be­lieve the sooth­ing com­bi­na­tion of snooker’s pa­tience-de­vel­op­ing pow­ers and its abil­ity to dis­tract from life’s pres­sures can take more than a pot­shot at ris­ing anx­i­ety lev­els.

Sadly, we can’t ac­count for the an­noy­ance of hav­ing a max­i­mum break of four, but skill level is, ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey, in­con­se­quen­tial. Con­sider the snooker hall your new happy place. Now, pass the chalk, please.

Down in the mouth? Take your cue from snooker.

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