The media is full of images of women taking bubble baths and applying face masks in the image of self care. The truth is, self care doesn’t always look like bubbles and soap, and it isn’t just for women. Men need self care, too. Here are some tips for taking care of yourself on a day-to-day basis.
Work Toward Goals
An important part of caring for yourself is establishing and working toward goals. Focusing on goals helps you to develop a better understanding of your strengths, as well as hone in on those strengths. These goals can be short-term goals that are easy to achieve or more ambitious long-term goals. Sometimes, it can be helpful to break big goals into smaller, more achievable pieces. Take some time to outline what you really want to achieve, as well as the steps necessary to get there. If you need support from others to achieve these goals, reach out to a trusted friend. Consider keeping a notebook to keep track of the goals you set and how you progress with them.
Practice Good Hygiene
Setting a good hygiene routine is not only important for social circles, it can also help prevent illness. Invest in a good toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash combination to combat any bad breath and ward off gum disease. Don’t forget to floss, too! In the shower, take time to wash every nook and cranny, instead of relying on the soapy runoff to clean your body for you. Change your sheets once a week (your skin will thank you).
Spend Time with Friends
Spending time with friends can lead to a sense of purpose or belonging. Additionally, just being with people who you trust can help with stress relief and overall mood. Consider joining a new group to find people with similar interests. You’d be surprised at how many opportunities there are to make new friends!
Do Something You Enjoy Every Day
No matter how busy your day-to-day life is, carve out a few moments to do something that makes you happy. It could be listening to your favorite song on the drive home from work, playing your favorite video games, reading, painting or playing an instrument. Even just a few moments of doing what you love can make a huge difference in your happiness level.
Cut Screen Time
The effects of screen time have been stressed for children, but the truth is that too much time staring at screens can cause adults to fall into bad habits. Screen usage can lead to a sedentary lifestyle and social media use can lead to a lowered self image. If you find yourself mindlessly scrolling, put down your phone or turn off the TV and go for a walk, tidy your room or find another activity to do.
Life is stressful, there is no getting around that. But, you can learn new ways to deal with the stress life gives you. Try meditation, yoga or simply going for a walk alone. Spending time alone with your thoughts is a great way to process the feelings you may be having, and allows you to work through things you may not be comfortable talking to anyone about.