So many men have this idea that the only way to succeed is to work your butt off, exercise to complete exhaustion, and do better and be better than every guy around you. They compare themselves with guys in their friendship circles, people in their office, strangers at the gym and go full bull to try to become top dog. Many don't even realise they're doing it.
Many men, and women, measure their success by how hard they work and how much they can acquire. This “no pain, no gain” attitude, as I recently learned, can have many quite negative effects on both your physical and mental health, and often leads to injuries, anxiety, depression and total body burn out.
One can develop feelings of emptiness, anxiety, and disconnection from their bodies, themselves and others.
Because taking care of yourself can often make you look "weak" or feminine, guys can often stop looking after themselves, and get in a rut of boring, repetitive and not very nutritious meals, wearing clothes they don't like or that are too small or too big, and generally 'let themselves go'.
This can trigger a downward spiral of low self confidence, alienating yourself from your friends, become depressed, and anxious.
Self-care is a great way to reverse this cycle of disconnection and worth making a priority because:
In choosing your self-care ritual, it's important to find what feels good for you and your body, because self-care is a highly personal thing.
Here are some ideas to get your started. If you have an idea, schedule it in, and make it your priority to get it done.
Ladies if you know a male in your life that you know can do with a little TLC please encourage them to take some time out for themselves by suggesting any of the following ideas.
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