LIFESTYLE

A beginner's guide to the mental health benefits of beauty and self-care for men
Jack Goodson
Sep 14, 2021
4 mins reading

A beginner's guide to the mental health benefits of beauty and self-care for men

Self-care can have many meanings. It can refer to a skin routine. It can refer to an exercise routine. It can even refer to developing ways of improving your mental health.

The truth is, here at Humanery, we believe that all these meanings are integral to what Self-care is and what Self-care can do for you.

We’re here to show you that your beauty and self-care isn’t something to be stressed about. It certainly isn’t anything that needs overthinking. 

A growing need has emerged to separate all these areas of Self-care (skincare, beauty, grooming and wellbeing) into more digestible chunks. Sometimes, this can have the opposite effect. Men, especially, can be lost in the multitude of tasks and the multitude of ways of completing them.

Sometimes, grouping all of Self-care’s many aspects under its broadest benefits can be beneficial on a higher, more conceptual level. Of course, physical health is the most obvious benefit.

However, your mental health is just as important and is just as influenced by good self-care as your physical health.

HOW IS MENTAL HEALTH LINKED TO BEAUTY AND SELF CARE?

First, we should state that taking care of your mental health is not a task for everyone apart from men. In the same manner Self-care isn’t the special reserve of Instagram influencers, mental health is not a gendered term. Men can suffer from poor mental health too.

Second, we believe that striving to improve your mental health is crucial for overall wellbeing. Sometimes the smallest of changes can have the biggest of impacts. Never forget that it is critical that we all make time for ourselves. It helps you renew and revitalise yourself so that you can feel and perform at the top of your game.

First, we should state that taking care of your mental health is not a task for everyone apart from men. In the same manner self-care isn’t the special reserve of Instagram influencers, mental health is not a gendered term. Men can suffer from poor mental health too.

Now: Beauty and Self-care provides a sense of stability. It is that deep-seated anchor that you can pivot your day around. Those moments you grasp allow you to mindfully breathe and subsequently quieten and refresh your mind, leaving it ready to take on the day’s challenges.

By taking the time to care for yourself, you personally affirm within yourself that you deserve the space you occupy. Control and confidence follow suit.


WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BEAUTY AND SELF CARE?

It Boosts Your Self-Esteem, Self-Worth, and Self-Awareness

A beauty and self-care regime can have a significant impact on our Self-esteem. It validates our Self-worth when we take care of ourselves. We are affirming a mantra within ourselves that states, "I am worthy of surviving and thriving. And I deserve to feel this." 

Awareness is everything. From crossing the road to talking to coworkers, being aware comes in many forms. Self-awareness is the same. It is an inner knowledge and guide that puts you back in the driver’s seat of your own Being.

Practicing Self-care is a thoughtful gesture that sends a serious message. That message is: “I believe in myself. I am worth something.” This confidence attracts people. It demonstrates you have the ability to see that things matter.

A beauty and self-care regime can have a significant impact on our Self-esteem. It validates our Self-worth when we take care of ourselves. We are affirming a mantra within ourselves that states, "I am worthy of surviving and thriving. And I deserve to feel this." 

It Helps You Build Strong and Stable Relationships That Last

Following from this enhanced esteem, worth, and awareness comes a burst of feel-good neurochemicals that boost your mood.

Making sure we're in a good mood has a big impact on everything from how we interact with people to how successful we are in our professions. Finally, happiness and a sense of well-being are the keys to a less stressful life.

Managing your beauty and self-care rituals also offers an opportunity to connect with the people who matter most to you. Countless times I have heard that when men become open to new ways of caring for themselves, their partners light up at the prospect of sharing something new together. From a shared bubble-bath to picking out an appropriate moisturiser, countless new ways to connect with people are on your doorstep.

Countless times I have heard that when men become open to new ways of caring for themselves, their partners light up at the prospect of sharing something new together. From a shared bubble-bath to picking out an appropriate moisturiser, countless new ways to connect with people are on your doorstep.

It Expands Your Horizons

Filled with new-found confidence and respect for yourself, you will often find yourself drawn to new activities and new opportunities. In sync with your blossoming self-esteem and growing reserve of healthy relationships, your being will crave a chance to expand and try something fresh.

New likes. New dislikes. New passions. New goals and aspirations. All these things have the potential to follow.

Beauty and self-care truly is the key to unlocking those aspects of yourself that you never thought you would regain. 

And remember: Humanery will always be alongside you.

LOOKING FOR FURTHER MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT? HERE ARE SOME RESOURCES TO HELP YOU

Mind, (Monday — Friday, 9am-6pm) on 0300 123 3393

Samaritans offers a listening service which is open 24 hours a day, on 116 123. This is anonymous and free.

The Mix is a support service aimed for those under 25. Call 0808 808 4994 for free or email: help@themix.org.uk

Rethink Mental Illness has an advice line that can be called on 0300 5000 927 (Monday — Friday 10am-4pm)

A beginner's guide to the mental health benefits of beauty and self-care for men

A beauty and self-care routine will help you expand your horizons. Filled with new-found confidence and respect for yourself, you will often find yourself drawn to new activities and new opportunities. In sync with your blossoming self-esteem and growing reserve of healthy relationships, your being will crave a chance to expand and try something fresh.

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