Easy Self-Care Tips For Men
2021 is the year we're normalizing self-care for men. The past year or two has been incredibly stressful for just about everyone. Taking the time to focus and care for our wellness is not gender specific. It's important for everyone to do. Below are 10 simple self-care tips for men who are ready to take care of their physical, mental and emotional health.
No matter the type of book, reading is a great way to take your mind off of the norm daily stresses. Reading 15-30 minutes before bed may even help you get a better night sleep.
CBD is a quick and easy way men can add a little self-care into their daily routines. Not only can this anti-inflammatory help aid pain management, but it is well known to help with mental illness, as well. CBD interacts with serotonin receptors in your brain, therefor regulating stress and anxiety while stabilizing your mood during the day.
Hear us out... weighted blankets, or gravity blankets, are a great way to alleviate stress and insomnia. They're about 5-30 pounds heavier than your average comforter. The added weight offers deep pressure stimulation, resembling feeling of being hugged or swaddled. For many, this sensation can be comforting and help relieve stress.
Reach Out To A Friend
This is important nowadays more than ever. Self-care doesn't have to be done solo, and as humans we need/crave that social interaction (we're not counting social media). By simply reaching out to a friend or planning a weekend out with the guys, you can help realign your mental balance.
There's nothing wrong with taking some time to yourself every week (or even every day) to be with yourself, gather your thoughts, and clear your mind of any clutter. When you feel the world is pressing in on you, that's when you know it's time to take a step back and create some good headspace.
A favorite self-care activity! Spa days are for men just as much as they are for women. Massages offer so many benefits for our mind and body, including reducing stress and increasing relaxation. Sometimes all we need to reset is a 60 minute deep tissue with some aromatherapy and relaxing music.
Go For A Walk/Hike
Looking for clarity and mental focus? Getting outside for some fresh air and sunshine might be the most simple yet best self-care tip there is! If you're feeling the stress begin to build, take a quick 10 minute walk. Or, check out a new hiking trail nearby. This is also a great tip if you find yourself having a mental block. Leave your phone in your pocket and enjoy the scenery.
Take On A Project
Yard work, artwork, DIY, a new home upgrade... not to be treated as a distraction, but taking on a project can be a great form of self-care. Not only are you taking some time to be with yourself and your thoughts, but accomplishing a special project can help make you feel good.
Just as accomplishing a project helps us feel good, so does accomplishing the goals we set for ourselves. Goals provide direction and give us a sense of personal satisfaction. They of course also help guide us toward our future dreams and aspirations. Be sure to take this self-care tip a bit further by celebrating your success and the goals you've achieved.
It's no secret that a poor sleeping pattern or lack of sleep is directly correlated to depression, stress and anxiety. Getting quality sleep on a daily basis does not mean you are "sleeping your life away". It means you are caring for your health and wellness. Healthy adults need at least 7-9 hours of sleep every night. Sometimes with work and kids this is hard to do. So if you have 20-30 minutes during the day to rest your eyes for a nap, give yourself the rest you deserve.