Important Self-Care Tips for Men

Good day followers, today’s post is a guest post from Brad Krause. Please enjoy the reading.

Self-care isn’t just for women. Guys have to put a little bit of effort into their minds and bodies, too. Keep reading for a few ways to do just that while still maintaining your manhood.

Clear Clutter from Your Life

Look, we get it. You like your stuff. However, you don’t have to hold on to everything. High school football jerseys, old college textbooks, and even pictures of your ex are all items that do nothing but clutter up your mind – and closet. But if you’re not quite ready to get rid of your 10-year-old golf clubs, at least remove them from your house. Consider renting an inexpensive self-storage unit to help with decluttering.  For example, a 5’x5’ unit in the Seattle rents on average for about $70 a month. That’s a small price to pay to reclaim your space and improve your mental health.

Just Go to Bed Already

That bed you’ve been neglecting in lieu of nodding off on the couch after the game is calling. Sleeping is such a simple act, and it’s one you shouldn’t neglect. In addition to helping you feel rested and mentally alert, the amount of sleep you get each night can significantly impact every system of your body, including your testosterone levels. Men’s Journal reports that sleep deprivation can reduce your testosterone supply by up to 15 percent. This is important on a number of levels because the male sex hormone doesn’t actually exist solely so that you can prove your masculinity. According to Dr. Harrison Wein of the National Institutes of Health, testosterone plays a role in fat distribution, bone mass, and red blood cell production. So how much sleep do you need? Seven to nine hours.

Skip the Gym and Workout at Home

There are plenty of reasons to invest in a home gym equipment. First, it will save you money and time but, more importantly, working out at home affords privacy and will keep you from comparing yourself to everyone else. Exercise is a vital part of your overall health and wellness plan – at least it should be. Working out for at least 30 minutes each day will keep your body strong and your cardiovascular system operating at peak levels. Strength training is also important as it works the muscles and improves flexibility.

Go fishing

Let’s get this out of the way first – you don’t actually have to go fishing. But you do need to find activities that you enjoy that give you an opportunity to break away from the grind and help you relax — and that can even begin in the morning. However, since fishing is a popular pastime, you should know that it does more for you than improve your casting abilities. Fishing lowers stress and lets you commune with nature. Plus, unless you live near a lake or ocean, fishing is a hobby that will allow you to travel, which is also good for your mental health. Other activities that are just as effective include hiking, biking, and golf. If you’ve noticed that all of these hobbies involve being in the outdoors, there’s a reason for that. Studies have shown that spending time outdoors is good for you. But don’t take our word for it, even Harvard Medical School recommends getting outside.

Don’t Be a “Yes Man”

What is a “yes man”? Glad you asked. This is simply an individual who can’t say no for fear of looking weak or letting someone else down. However, the constant pressure to perform can result in you feeling physically weak and mentally exhausted. Irish Times explains that there are plenty of ways to say “no” without letting feelings of guilt weigh you down. Start by clarifying your priorities to yourself. Then, when someone comes calling for help, you can gently let them know that you have other obligations. Learning to say “no” can also help you relax after a long day at work, which will help refresh you for the next day.

No one will think any less of you if you prioritize your own health and well-being. Every bit that you invest in you will make you a more effective husband, father, employee, and friend.

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