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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:
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 MINDBODY—his muscles will thank you.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
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:
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:
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.