Everyone deserves a well-rounded self-care routine, and that includes the men in your life. Focusing on your self-care routine means reevaluating your health and taking steps to improve your daily life. Although it might come naturally to you to prioritize what you need mentally and physically, you may need to support your partner to do the same.
Here are some tips to help ease any man into their ideal self-care routine.
Help Him Establish A Routine
We each have our own daily routine, whether it’s contributing to our health or hindering it is a different story. If you notice your partner starts his day sluggish and in a lousy headspace, try working on his morning routine. Your morning routine sets the tone for the rest of your day and can determine your attitude towards tasks and communicating, which is why it’s crucial to start it off right.
Encourage your partner to wake up earlier and accomplish small tasks at the start of their day, like making the bed or setting up their workspace. Having them complete something simple will give them ample time to self-reflect without feeling overwhelmed or sluggish. Creating and sticking to a solid daily routine will improve his life and help them stay motivated to tackle more demanding tasks throughout their day.
Try Joint Fitness Plans
The most crucial aspect of creating a self-care routine is putting your health first. So, motivate one another to stay on top of your health journey. Although eating junk food on the couch with your partner is more enjoyable than creating a fitness plan, it will build intimacy and happiness in the long run.
Start by understanding your differences by going at a pace that works for each individual, and remember this is not a competition! If the man in your life has also wanted to become more fit, use it to educate him on all of his resources and the importance of setting realistic goals. There is a multitude of fitness apps that help cater each workout to the individual while monitoring progress and activity. You can even consider getting him a fitness watch to help motivate self-tracking, making it easier to stick to a healthy diet and daily workouts.
Encourage Self Improvement
If you feel good on the inside, it will translate on the outside, and if your boyfriend or husband is struggling to feel like themselves, then suggest revamping his appearance to help! Implementing a self-care routine can come in many shapes and sizes and can be as simple as a man spending more time on his look to boost his confidence. If your man has spent most of quarantine in his stained sweatpants and unwashed hair, it might affect his attitude in more ways than one. Starting every day with a clean outfit and a simple skincare routine will do wonders for his mood and improve his productivity.
Physical factors like a well-groomed head of hair matter to men because it is a sign of power and manliness. If your man is dealing with insecurities like male pattern baldness or thinning hair and struggles to regain a positive attitude, suggest a hair loss treatment to help battle those insecurities, and show him the importance of working on himself.
Plan Date Nights
Life can get pretty mundane, especially when you and your partner spend most of your time indoors; suggest weekly self-care date nights to spice things up! Regular date nights help strengthen your relationship, and finding ways to incorporate self-care can positively affect your overall health. Taking time to pamper one another with face masks or bubble baths will prompt much-needed alone time and show your man the importance of taking care of himself.
Date nights are whatever you make of them, and if your man values his hobbies, then suggest a night where you spend time partaking in each other’s favorite activities. Hobbies enhance your mood and quality of life. They also give you a chance to be productive and can even reduce anxiety and depression. You can even recommend trying new hobbies that are out of each other’s comfort zone. Encouraging and supporting each other will make it easier for your partner to feel comfortable and may even help him find a new hobby to enjoy!
Self-care is all too commonly referred to solely in the context of women, but it benefits everyone. Establishing a self-care routine as a man helps build a happier and healthier life. It’s important to normalize men in your life to find ways to take care of themselves and practice healthy habits. All they may need to get started is a little encouragement and support.