Self-care is a relatively new idea. The concept of taking time for yourself seems to be the antithesis of our modern hustle culture. But with the rise of conversation around mental health, people are finally taking the time to ensure that they are feeling their best. While the self-care space seems to be dominated by corporate products aimed at beautifying women, there are things that men can do to improve their mental health with self-care.
Whether you view yourself as a traditional man, strong and supportive, or maybe a gentler modern man, you can acknowledge the need for men’s self-care. More recently, the discussion around men’s mental health has become prominent as younger generations begin to force the conversation. But we have some tips for the everyman to improve his self-care.
We all know that exercise is healthy for you. But most don’t connect it with self-care. The truth is that exercising can be one of the best self-care elements that you can find. It not only helps to relieve stress, but it also keeps your lungs and muscles healthy so that you feel better throughout the day. As you continue to exercise, you’ll also notice that you also have an increased ability to handle daily stress.
If you’re not in the habit of exercising on a regular basis, it’s important to start slow. We understand the impulse to jump into the gym and start throwing weights around, but that could lead to an extended injury that would keep you sidelined for a while. Even if you just start with a daily walk or light exercise three to four times a week, you can always build up to a routine that requires more exertion. And while we’re on the subject of exercise, we’d also like to recommend taking our Full Spectrum High Octane CBD/CBG/CBN/D8/D9 Tincture a couple of hours before your workout to help with muscle recovery.
Having a healthy diet is another one of those things that you know to do but probably don’t associate with self-care. However, self-care is all about taking care of yourself – body, mind, and spirit. So it is essential to give your body the fuel it needs to handle the stress of the day and keep you feeling your best.
Many men make the same mistake with improving their diet as they do with exercise: It’s all or nothing. However, you can start small here, too, and work your way up. Begin by incorporating a little more fruits and vegetables into each meal and increasing that amount until at least three-quarters of your plate is filled with healthy fruits and vegetables.
Try to avoid eating out too often, as many people are often in a hurry and grab fast food or decide on that creamy pasta dish on the restaurant menu instead of the healthy alternative. If you don’t have time to cook, there are plenty of healthy lines of frozen foods on the market today. We also recommend that you enjoy a Delta 8 edible like our Cosmic Rings as an after-dinner treat. These tasty edibles are great for helping you to relax and unwind at the end of the day.
There’s an adage that if you look good, you feel good. So you may want to pay attention to the usual grooming regimes like keeping your hair clean and trimmed, and your teeth brushed. But why not add some self-care routines like skincare lotions and moisturizers, facial masks, scalp scrubs, or other products to help improve your appearance to look your best? Remember, a little self-confidence goes a long way in helping you take on the challenges of the day.
A good night’s sleep does wonders for your ability to take on the pressures of juggling work and family. In addition, a full night of uninterrupted sleep helps your immune system produce T-cells to fight off infection. There are many steps you can take, like drinking soothing chamomile teas, lowering the temperature in the room, and turning off electronics two hours before bedtime to help you drift off to sleep. We also recommend enjoying one of our Delta 8 THC Prerolls before bed. Finally, look for strains like our Bubba Kush that are indica leaning to help you completely unwind and prepare you for a good night’s rest.
Men’s mental states are often the last thing that gets paid attention to when incorporating self-care ideas. Who has the time? However, a strong and relaxed mental state is essential for focus and to help you deal with stress. As a “fight or flight” response, your body naturally produces cortisol to combat the stress you are feeling. Therefore, by calming your mind and relaxing your body, you will improve your mental and physical health.
We recommend starting with guided meditations so that you learn the proper techniques. From there, you can continue with guided meditations or just follow your own program. And don’t shrug off adding affirmations to your meditation. They may sound like hogwash, but positive affirmations will help rewire your mind to overcome self-sabotaging thoughts. And if you’re into vaping, our Delta 8 THC Disposable 1ml Vape Pens are a great idea before a meditation session. Just stick with sativa-heavy strains like our Pineapple Express so that you can stay focused and alert.
Make sure that you take time for yourself every day. Look for anything that you really enjoy. Some suggestions would be:
- a hot bath with a fragrant candle burning,
- reading in a quiet place in a secluded area of your house,
- taking walks in the woods or along the beach, or
Think of anything that will bring a smile to your face, and make time to do that every day.
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