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It’s 2019, and the current culture is all about self-care, self-care, self-care. When we think of this trend, our minds tend to go straight to a woman in a comfy bathrobe lighting a few candles, then stepping into a perfectly heated bath. While this may be the solution for some, most men have a different idea of what self-care looks like.
Whether it’s your husband, partner, father, brother or friend, it’s time to get the guy in your life acquainted with this movement. Here are four ways the dude in your life can better de-stress:
From neck and back pain to sports injuries and even relief from the usual 9-to-5 tension, there are many reasons why men need massages. Not only can they cure the nastiest hangovers, but a study also shows that just 45-60 minutes of massage can lower heart rates, blood pressure, and promote serotonin. Adding massage to your weekly routine can reduce anxiety, decrease stress, and keep your immune system in shape. Book him an hour of complete relaxation on MINDBODY—his muscles will thank you.
Mindfulness is a major movement for a reason. Whether he’s at his desk, in the car, or about to drift off to sleep, it’s now easier to practice the art of meditation. With apps like Headspace, Simple Habit, and Calm, he can throw on his headphones and listen to anything from a ten-minute guided meditation to a simple breathing exercise that helps handle the stresses of daily life.
When in doubt, stretch it out. Often overlooked in anyone’s routine, stretching can lead to better posture, more confidence, a decrease in common aches and pains, and an overall positive attitude.
If his morning bathroom routine is still a disposable razor and washing his face with an old, bacteria-filled bar of soap, it’s time to upgrade his skincare. Stock up on Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer Stress-Minimizing Daily Hydrator to give his skin a new lease on life, and if he’s rockin’ a beard maybe throw in their Nourishing Beard Grooming Oil.
Is he battling a tough day at work? A study from the University of Maryland School of Public Health found exercise can help to manage stressful situations in daily life. Set aside time for a quick sprint, or maybe even book a workout together to kick off the day on a positive note!
Remember, self-care isn’t just what you do, it’s a mindset. Have these tools on hand for your favorite guy, and remind him that it’s okay to put himself first every once in a while!
I’m celebrating week 21 of pregnancy. Baby is the size of a banana or bell pepper. I don’t know why it’s so fun to compare a growing fetus to a fruit or veggie, but it gives me a much-needed laugh while I make note to avoid consuming bananas for the week. This is also ultrasound week. I’m no longer able to bring my husband and daughter to the appointment, but we understand that these restrictions are put in place to protect us. Like so many pregnant women and mothers across the world, I’m doing my best to adapt to the new norm and changes that COVID-19 has introduced to my already stressful life.
Pregnant women across various metro cities are beginning to face fears of delivering their baby without a birthing partner by their side for the duration of the hospital stay. Family members and friends may not be able to meet baby in-person for quite some time, so those special first meetings happen over FaceTime. New mommy groups switch to virtual meetups. I’m feeling the weight of it all (and I’m not referring to the extra weight I’ve gained from WFH snacking), the heaviness of the unknown that we all carry as we navigate through all of this change.
Tuning into nightly news or googling the latest COVID-19 death tolls is a surefire way to lose sleep, but we do it anyway because we want to stay informed as we wrap our heads around how much this pandemic will change our world. Maybe your anxiety and personal despair grow as you hear from a friend who recently lost their job or read about your favorite restaurant unable to keep its doors open. Canceled events, long-anticipated vacations, and temporarily closed fitness studios are not only inconvenient, but force us to reframe our attitudes.
I can hear my mother’s voice telling me to relax. She tells me that the baby can feel my stress, and that isn’t good for anyone. I begin to feel guilty about my inability to quiet the negative feelings and decide that something needs to change. We can’t change what the media reports, the pressure at work, or predict how long it will take for the economy to recover. But what if we reminded ourselves to do the best with what we have and keep moving forward—one day at a time. Amidst the chaos, we’re becoming a stronger, kinder community, and that is truly a beautiful thing to see.
The journey to my second trimester wasn’t an easy one. I suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage a few years ago. I made time for my body and mind to heal after the loss. Float tank sessions, meditation, vinyasa power flow, and frequent facials helped me connect with my body. I can’t say self-care alone healed my depression, but it certainly helped me discover the importance of self-love and repaired my self-confidence.
After many pregnancy tests and negative results, I was at peace with accepting that having another child may not be in the cards for me. Fast forward to age 37. I was shocked to see a + symbol on three pregnancy stick tests. Although I’m medically referred to as a geriatric pregnancy, my OB/Gyn said there was no reason for me to go into this pregnancy with a negative mindset. Eat healthy, stay active, and focus on being POSITIVE. Maybe the pursuit of happiness and path to personal wellness was really that simple.
On my 38th birthday, I celebrated my 20th week of pregnancy—I’ll refer to it as the “Pregnant in a Pandemic Party.” I blew out a candle on a warm chocolate chip cookie that my husband and daughter baked together. They were my only party guests, but I didn’t need a room full of people at a fancy restaurant to feel pure gratitude. People across the world continue to test positive for COVID-19. I was safe in my home with my family. I was right where I needed to be.
Although the past few weeks have brought a wide range of emotions for all of us, I’m choosing to use this extra time to self-reflect and bond with family. I’m mentally recording my five-year-old daughter as she whispers to my stomach and tells her baby sister that August couldn’t come soon enough. This is life. So perfectly imperfect at times, but beautiful in more ways than we know. We may be housebound, down to the last few rolls of toilet paper, and our hair hasn’t seen a salon in over a month. The loss of control and routine over our daily lives can make us feel like failures. Trust me; we’re not. We were never meant to get through this alone. Together, we will get through this—one day at a time.