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We all know that we need to take care of ourselves. We get plenty of advice on an almost daily basis on how often we should exercise, which foods we should be eating and in what quantities, how much water we should be drinking, and that we must get enough sleep. What we are not so well-educated in are the small changes we can make and treats we can give ourselves which will keep us running at our best. What’s more, self-care does not necessarily need to involve splurging on an expensive vacation or a weekend at a spa. Here are some self-care tips for men and women, which will not break the bank.
This can work for both men and women and can be as easy as picking up the phone to call a friend who makes you feel great. Invite them to get a coffee or lunch one day and spend a few hours together. If you have kids, make sure carve out some time with your other half or a sitter so the time can be just for you. Prioritizing your friendships and giving yourself the chance to feel like an individual (not a mom, dad, wife, or husband) can give you a great boost of energy, as well as an opportunity to vent about your worries if you need to.
This doesn’t mean grabbing a quick sit down and jumping straight back into work, family life, or running errands. Take at least an hour to rest with a delicious hot drink (ideally something a bit fancier than your run of the mill tea or coffee) and a good book or some TV. If you are on your feet a lot at work or home, you will feel the aches and pains and may start to struggle with swelling in your feet, or even varicose veins. To soothe regular aches and pains in your feet, you might want to consider wearing compressions socks for rest and recovery.
Moms are notorious for pushing themselves to the bottom of the list when it comes to self-care, and often wearing make-up, wearing anything other than sweatpants, and feeling attractive become distant memories. If this sounds like you, it might be time to get out and get a new outfit, put on some make-up, and feel great again. Even if you are not leaving the house, taking the time to feel good will do wonders for your self-esteem.
Yes, a full spa weekend might break the bank, but you might be surprised what you can create in your very own bathroom. Bring in some scented candles for low light and some aromatherapy, run a hot and bubbly bath or add muscle tension-relieving essential oils to the water, play some soothing music, turn off your phone, and let your troubles fade away.
We often deprive ourselves of edible treats because we know they are not ideal when trying to take care of our bodies, but from time to time, they can be just what the doctor ordered. Next time you are considering a pack of luxury cookies, a creamy coffee, a bottle of fancy wine, or whatever else is special to you, stop saying no and treat yourself.
A lot of men believe that lotions, creams, and face masks are ‘feminine’, but the truth is that every human body deserves to feel and look its best. There is a huge range of moisturizers and exfoliants which are designed to revitalize dull, tired, dry, and/or tight skin, as well as green tea face masks which will open your pores.
Lots of men give up on hobbies or interests as they get older, especially when they have children and partners to consider. If this is relevant for you, it may be time to kick off the cobwebs and get back to what makes you happy. Whether this is taking a bike ride, playing computer games, reading, woodwork, paintballing or tinkering with engines, set aside some time to enjoy the activities you love.