The term ‘self-care’ should not only apply to a lady in the bathrobe who is getting her nails done while listening to an audiobook. The truth is that men need to practice self-care just as much as women. Of course, they can do it a bit differently than ladies.
Taking care of yourself can boost your self-confidence and even improve life satisfaction. If you want to focus on yourself and practice self-care, here is what you need to do in the first place:
Embrace Your Health
Your physical and mental health are considered pillars of self-care. You will not always be able to control every single situation in your life, but you can always gain more control over your body.
If you have never exercised in your life, it is the right time to start doing so. It will not only help you get in shape, but it will also improve your mood and relieve stress and anxiety.
In case you don’t know how to start your workout routine, consider getting a trainer who will be able to show you the basics. However, you shouldn’t focus on the gym only. You can also start jogging, cycling and boxing to keep yourself in good shape. Hiking is also a great way to stay physically and mentally healthy.
Other than that, make sure to get enough sleep and relax more in general. You can be a father of three kids or CEO of a multinational company, yet you still should find some time for yourself.
Take care of the Details
Most people will judge you by your appearance the first time they meet you. That’s why it’s crucial to take care of the details in order to make a great first impression. Here is how you can improve your look:
- Take care of your skin on a daily basis. If you struggle with acne, book an appointment with the dermatologist. Other than that, consider using anti-aging cream for men and other moisturizing creams.
- Prune your eyebrows. Unfortunately, having an unweeded garden below your eyes doesn’t seem to be popular. That’s why you should consider plucking it from time to time or waxing it, either in a salon or at home.
- Get rid of your nose and ear hair. Having hair in your nose might not look good. Also, blocking your air filter is not healthy for your lungs. To solve this problem once and for all, get yourself a quality nose trimmer. You can also try nasal wax products.
Healthy eating is the key to well-being. It doesn’t mean that you should start worrying about the number of calories – the active lifestyle will burn them anyway. All you have to do is to choose carefully what you eat.
For instance, consider cutting down on sugar and saturated fat like butter, cakes, pies, and fatty cuts of meat. Also, try to eat less salt (adults should not eat more than 7g of salt per day)
To feel better in general, it is important to include lots of fiber, vegetables, and fruits in your daily meal plan.
Furthermore, make sure to eat a healthy breakfast low on salt, fat, and sugar and drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Socializing is a key element of a happy life since it provides a number of benefits to our mental and physical health. For instance, it was proven that spending quality time with loved ones can lower the risk of dementia and boost brain health in general.
To boost your social engagement, keep in touch with your old school friends, consider making friends at work, and to volunteer. If you don’t have many opportunities to meet up with your friends, you can always use WhatsApp and Facetime to catch up with them from a distance.
No matter how busy you are, you should always make some time for people you will feel comfortable with. We all want to have so fun, feel needed, and be a part of the group. So, don’t forget to call a friend on a Friday night.
Start a Journal
Keeping a journal is not only for Bridget Jones. Thomas Edison, Charles Darwin, Frida Kahlo, and other legendary people keep journals of their lives.
The thing is that journalizing can help to relieve stress and keep your thoughts organized even during difficult times. You can describe not only recent events in your life but also your goals and dreams.
Also, journaling is a great way to record your ideas on-the-go and even boost your memory.
A half an hour each day would be enough to write down your thoughts and feelings. So, pick the time and start a new routine.
Know your Burnout Signs
It is difficult to keep everything in order in your life. If you feel exhausted or stressed, it is important to give yourself a break. Don’t be a superman when things are falling apart. If you have insomnia, anger, increased illness, and experience chronic fatigue, take a few days off just to do nothing. Your family and your coworkers will manage. Restoring energy on time will make you truly powerful. Love yourself, and life will get better.