Often times men’s emotions are swept under the rug. Men’s emotions, or their lack thereof of emotions, are not discussed consistently enough. It is evident that men are conditioned from a young age to not be mindful and present regarding their emotions. It is almost as if men are taught to shut off any aspects that make them human and hyper-vigilant of what they are feeling/how to handle what is being felt. However, conversations are being directed towards men and the taboo topic of men taking care of themselves both mentally and physically. It is important to note that there is both intrinsic and extrinsic value to taking care of oneself. From skincare regimens to pampering at the spa, continue reading to learn more about what men around the world are implementing into their daily lives in order to benefit their emotions and health.
1. Start out with something simple—such as mindfulness, meditation, and yoga.
Men such as Prince Harry and Dan Harris understand the importance of simply training the mind to be more hyper aware and to be present with one’s thoughts. Prince Harry has previously spoken out about how he meditates daily and prioritizes sleep. Meditation has been proven to be beneficial simply because it forces you, in a sense, to shut off all of your thoughts and focus on the present. If one practices meditation thoroughly and regularly, it is easier to control/limit one’s thoughts and get one in a calm, organized state of mind.
Additionally, Dan Harris proclaims meditation is extremely important and effective, regardless of if one’s a skeptic or not. If one genuinely puts in an effort when meditating, it will work in some way. There is a lot of stigma based upon meditation and Harris has worked to dismantle those preconceptions. It does not hurt to take a few minutes of one’s day to sit with one’s thoughts and reassess one’s life. It does not have to be a thorough hour long meditation session--make it your own and make it enjoyable. There is no need to overwhelm oneself and there is certainly no need to perceive meditation as a mundane chore. Taking the time to pause and slow down is more important than we may realize as we get caught up in everyday life tribulations. Harris profoundly stated the following in his book: “We spend a lot of time judging ourselves harshly for feelings that we had no role in summoning...the only thing you can control is how you handle it.”
Lastly, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine has admitted that yoga has made him more successful in the long run. Not only did Levine practice poses specifically designed to strengthen one’s core and physical strength, but he also utilizes yoga as a means to calm down before a show. “Yoga has given me the ability to be more focused and make better decisions that come from a clear place,” Levine proclaims.
2. Skincare goes deeper than skin deep.
Several men, such as Frank Ocean, Snoop Dogg and David Beckham have all found common ground in terms of pampering themselves.
Frank Ocean has admitted to prioritizing his skincare routine as it has turned into a daily routine for him--a definite pro when implementing a skincare routine. A skincare routine gives people a sense of consistency and familiarity on a daily basis. It is often utilized as a nighttime routine--the time of night when our thoughts tend to go into overdrive and it is difficult to fall asleep--applying face cream or moisturizer before bed is a good way to relax and finalize the day. In addition, proper skincare often leads to a rush of confidence and ease.
Snoop Dogg loves a good manicure and firmly believes that it’s okay for men to connect with their feminine traits. He has prioritized self care for several years and really wants other men to not feel ashamed when acting ‘femininely’. “I’m a man that can tap into my feminine side and still know that I’m a masculine man with a manicure...as males we all have feminine ways...it’s okay to tap into those inner ways,” Snoop states.
Lastly, soccer phenomenon David Beckham stresses that he pampers himself not particularly for aesthetically-based reasons, but mainly because of how the pampering makes him feel. Beckham actually is involved with his own men’s grooming line which enunciates the fact that self-grooming should be a priority for men as well as their female counterparts. Beckham believes that beauty rituals are for everyone, not just women, and that there’s more to a face mask than appearance--it’s about what self care does for one’s mind and soul.