With the new year in full swing, many people are looking for ways to round out their resolutions. Self-care is a popular tool to boost personal goals, helping you maintain mental and physical wellness.
More often than not, however, men aren’t encouraged to engage in self-care, but are instead encouraged to focus solely on physique-related goals. Yet, when men practice self-care, they’re often better able to build their self-esteem, mental health, and creativity while feeling more personally fulfilled.
Here are the self-care resolutions that men should be trying to incorporate into their lives this year, and how you can make them a part of your daily routine:
Establish a grooming routine
Many men don’t prioritize their skin and hair health, but it’s important to begin maintaining it as you grow older. This is especially true in the colder, dry months early in the year when skin and hair can easily be affected by a lack of care and become dry and damaged.
Try beginning a nighttime routine that focuses on areas you want to improve. If you have dry skin, plan to use an exfoliator for tough skin to reduce flakiness. Or, if you suffer from male pattern baldness, take a daily medication like finasteride before bed to boost hair growth.
Taking these small steps to incorporate self-care into your nighttime regimen will help you feel confident in the new year and protect your look for years to come.
Mindfulness techniques like meditation, deep breathing and yoga can have a huge impact on men’s mental health. They can lower blood pressure and reduce stress levels to boost your mood and general mental wellbeing.
Consider testing out the different methods to determine which suits you the most. You could take 10 minutes at work to mediate and collect your thoughts, or you could do some yoga after a workout to cool down mentally and physically. Whichever practice works best for you, taking a few minutes every day to refocus your thoughts and breathing can have huge health benefits in the new year.
Improve sleep quality
Although many scientists believe women need more sleep than men, it’s still important for men to get at least eight hours a night. Many men aim to mirror the sleep styles of successful CEOs who claim to sleep only four hours a night, but good-quality, adequate sleep is a critical contributor to overall health.
A good night’s sleep can keep hormones and appetite in balance, improving heart health and mood. Be critical about your own sleep health to be sure you’re meeting your body’s needs this year. Consider putting away electronic devices and eating melatonin-heavy snacks before bed to help you slow your thoughts and fall asleep in time to get adequate rest.
Self-care is an impactful, yet underrated way for men to update their daily routine and improve their health. Ultimately, whichever way you go about it, your new year’s resolutions should incorporate some self-love to address any roadblock that stands in the way of a healthy, happy life.