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Published Sunday Jan 20, 2019 by Erica Arvanitis

Self-Care Tips for the Men in Your Life

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It’s 2019, and the current culture is all about self-care, self-care, self-care. When we think of this trend, our minds tend to go straight to a woman in a comfy bathrobe lighting a few candles, then stepping into a perfectly heated bath. While this may be the solution for some, most men have a different idea of what self-care looks like. 

Whether it’s your husband, partner, father, brother or friend, it’s time to get the guy in your life acquainted with this movement. Here are four ways the dude in your life can better de-stress: 


Get a massage.

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From neck and back pain to sports injuries and even relief from the usual 9-to-5 tension, there are many reasons why men need massages. Not only can they cure the nastiest hangovers, but a study also shows that just 45-60 minutes of massage can lower heart rates, blood pressure, and promote serotonin. Adding massage to your weekly routine can reduce anxiety, decrease stress, and keep your immune system in shape. Book him an hour of complete relaxation on MINDBODYhis muscles will thank you. 


Meditate.

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Mindfulness is a major movement for a reason. Whether he’s at his desk, in the car, or about to drift off to sleep, it’s now easier to practice the art of meditation. With apps like Headspace, Simple Habit, and Calm, he can throw on his headphones and listen to anything from a ten-minute guided meditation to a simple breathing exercise that helps handle the stresses of daily life. 


Stretch often.

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When in doubt, stretch it out. Often overlooked in anyone’s routine, stretching can lead to better posture, more confidence, a decrease in common aches and pains, and an overall positive attitude. 


Spoil his skin. 

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If his morning bathroom routine is still a disposable razor and washing his face with an old, bacteria-filled bar of soap, it’s time to upgrade his skincare. Stock up on Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer Stress-Minimizing Daily Hydrator to give his skin a new lease on life, and if he’s rockin’ a beard maybe throw in their Nourishing Beard Grooming Oil


Sweat out the stress.

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Is he battling a tough day at work? A study from the University of Maryland School of Public Health found exercise can help to manage stressful situations in daily life. Set aside time for a quick sprint, or maybe even book a workout together to kick off the day on a positive note! 


Remember, self-care isn’t just what you do, it’s a mindset. Have these tools on hand for your favorite guy, and remind him that it’s okay to put himself first every once in a while! 
 

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
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Erica Arvanitis
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About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
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Wellness
Published Wednesday Mar 17, 2021 by Shanila Sattar

Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice

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Personal Growth
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When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do. 

How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?

As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.

 

Step 1: Learn to set boundaries

Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.

When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:

  • How do I feel without having boundaries?
  • What would I like to have boundaries around?
  • Are my boundaries actual boundaries or am I creating walls in my life?
  • How do I plan to uphold my boundaries?
Step 2: Cultivate self-compassion

In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect. 

Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.

When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:

  • How do I respond to stressful situations?
  • How hard am I on myself?
  • How do I celebrate myself?
  • How do I show myself kindness?
Step 3: Nourish yourself

In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.

Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion. 

When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:

  • How do I nourish my emotional well-being?
  • How do I nourish my mental well-being?
  • How do I nourish my physical well-being?
  • How do I nourish my spiritual well-being?
  • How do I nourish my social well-being?
  • How do I nourish my financial well-being?

That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain. 

If you’d like to try breathwork, mindfulness, or play classes with me, check out these workshops and training sessions that work with your schedule. For other breathwork classes, browse Mindbody.

 

About the author
Shanila is a 4th generation sound healer, breathwork coach, mentor, women’s researcher, and speaker. She is the Founder of AlwaysPlayStudios where she trains breathwork facilitators and sound healers. Her background is in tech, having co-founded an award-winning web agency, and in women’s research, specifically in mindsets, implicit bias, perfectionism, women's health, and societal experiences supported through the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and several universities. She has implemented several health and wellbeing programs in underserved populations throughout the US. Shanila mentors healers on their healing and intuitive wellness journeys. Connect: @shanila.sattar