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Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.
The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.
A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.
The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.
The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.
Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.
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I think the saying goes something like, “no matter what happens in the span of 24 hours, there’s nothing some self-care can’t fix,” right? Okay, I just made that up, but it does have some validity.
Let’s face it—some days just feel a lot heavier than others. We can all attest to that.
Whenever I’m having a particularly long day, there’s not much I crave more than some "me" time. What does the perfect self-care routine look like to me? Well, it can be anything from a simple bubble bath and mani/pedi to a massage or facial. For a lot of us, self-care isn’t just an act of luxury—it’s a daily commitment to our own long-term well-being. And more than that, it's a personal investment in ourselves—which isn’t limited to any gender BTW.
For the most part, society’s longstanding narrative has been that self-care is an act of pure lavishness more commonly enjoyed by women. We don’t buy this for a second, which is why we want to take a moment to officially welcome men to the self-care party. Manicures, pedicures, facials, and massages—everyone’s invited.
Still not convinced? Here are the top five reasons men should invest in beauty services.
It feels like a given, but sometimes the serious benefits of investing in a new beauty service are largely missed. While services like facials and massages do feel amazing—they’re also good for our overall health. Taking care of your body (externally and internally) can prevent illnesses and increase your sense of wellbeing, which is a positive for everyone.
Sit back and kick your feet up (literally). Booking a personal wellness service is a guaranteed way to relieve tension while taking a little extra care of yourself. Almost every beauty service offers the sensation of relaxing because you’re letting someone else take care of you—even if it’s just for a small window of time. It’s a calming experience to go into an appointment knowing that your only job (aside from being there) is to soak it all in. We all deserve moments like that.
When we look like our best selves, we usually feel like our best selves. Investing in beauty services can boost our self-esteem by giving us extra confidence in the areas we feel we need it most. According to our Mindbody Wellness Index, 37% of men said they agreed or strongly agreed with the following statement: I continue getting specialized beauty treatments like lash extensions, blowouts, etc. because they make me feel like myself.* We couldn’t agree more. Beauty treatments overall make us feel better about how we approach our daily lives—a feeling we all deserve.
Whether you’re craving a massage or looking for something new like BOTOX®, permanent makeup, or full-body skin treatments (mud and detox body wraps) the list of ways to invest in yourself is long and expansive. Maybe you tried cryotherapy, but didn’t love it—fortunately, there are still hundreds of different ways to invest in yourself and find a routine that you really love. It also means that you’re not limited to one way to treat yourself. You can commit to monthly pedicures and on those days when you feel like you need a little extra, you can fit another service in. This is the beauty (literally) of these services.
Lastly, indulging in a day where the most important thing on your to-do list is to invest in yourself is just a lot of fun. Dedicating a time slot where you go into a beauty appointment, knowing you’re going to come out feeling better than before is a hard thing to not be excited about. Not only does it feel great to make yourself the only priority for a day but getting your glow on is a real blast.
Bottom line—self-care is a necessity for all human beings to live their lives at their highest potentials. It is a staple for any person looking to pour love into their own cups and make themselves the priority that we all deserve to be. For best results, I recommend trying it yourself and reaping all the benefits—you can thank me later.
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* Mindbody Wellness Index