When we think of self-care, we commonly default to stereotypical images of luxurious relaxation. Full days at the spa, candlelit bubble baths, manicures & pedicures, or maybe even an irresponsible shopping spree – at least that’s what television and modern media have equated with the term.
If this is what you pictured, I’m almost certain that the protagonist in that mental image was a woman. That’s because most media outlets tend to target female audiences when promoting these kinds of self-care practices. This article is not meant to steer you away from indulging in a day of pampering, but rather, to highlight that the whole concept of self-care as we tend to think of it today has been positioned as hyper-feminine… and we need to change that way of thinking.
The truth is – men need self-care just as much as women do, and in many cases, these practices don’t need to be elaborate (or expensive) activities to make a difference! It’s as simple as setting aside a small amount of time each day to support your mental, physical and emotional health so that you can recover from previous stressors, and prepare to tackle the next one that life throws your way.
Begin by asking yourself two questions:
- What have I done today to benefit my body?
- What have I done today to benefit my mind?
If the answers to those questions are “nothing” and “nothing”, fear not! There are so many simple entry-level practices that you can incorporate into your daily routine that will leave you feeling better almost immediately after you’ve completed them.
Start an exercise routine, go for daily nature walks, try your hand at meditation, drink more water, eat more vegetables, maintain a sleep schedule, manage physical and mental stress with targeted supplementation – the list goes on and on!
If you’re reading this, I encourage you to eliminate the idea that self-care practices are just for the ladies, and dive deeper into it yourself. Of course, your friendly neighbourhood naturopathic doctors are here to help you curate those new daily practices so that they can become sustainable habits, and to oversee your progress over time. If you are ready to begin your journey to being the healthiest version of yourself, give us a call. I can’t wait to hear from you.
‘Till then… stay healthy, my dudes.