This article was published on November 9th, 2019
Fall can be depressing as the days get shorter and colder. Your body is worn out from a summer of sun, countless sleepless nights, and Pride events. Use the autumn to take some recovery time for you. Fall is me time; realize the importance of self-care.
Book massage appointments with an RMT. Many of life’s daily stressors can be dealt with some TLC to your muscles and joints. Get those kinks worked out, and you’ll feel a lot better.
Bring back bubble baths. Light some candles, drop in a bath bomb or three, and have yourself a salt bath. At least once a week.
Get back into your daily and weekly skin care routines. Skin care routines means moisturizing, using collagen-rich creams, applying at least SPF 50 (thank you Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness) to your face every time you leave the house, and drinking plenty of water.
While you’re at it, moisturize your hands, face, and neck every night before you go to bed. These are the first indicative places age starts to show up. Keeping these areas moisture rich will help replenish skin cells.
Get to the gym three-five times a week. Take the colder season to get back into your fall fitness routine and embrace your workout goals. Your milkshake will be bringing all the boys to the yard by the time winter gets here. You’ll be seeing gayns in no time.
With your newly acquainted fit self-back in the game, kick up your fat-burning with a run or basic cardio once or twice a week. Adding this extra hour or two will make a world of difference to your metabolism, happiness, and fitness.
Drink herbal tea. Ditch the booze for some herbal teas. There are numerous studies highlighting the benefits of tea consumption, including it helping with weight loss.
Throw out all the junk food and choose healthy snacks. Clean eating goes hand in hand with a clean body and lifestyle. There are millions of healthier substitutes out there for chips, candies, breads, and sweets. Check ‘em out.
Drink an extra glass of water every day. Hydrate, hydrate, HYDRATE! Drinking an extra glass of water per day will make your skin better, make you feel fuller, and will help replenish skin cells.
Get tested and know your status. Proper STI screening should be done 3-4 times a year for the average sexually-active gay man. Keeping as healthy as possible requires knowing exactly what your body is doing. Early detection is key to a healthier longevity.
Take a mental health day from work. Everyone needs a break. Plan a day off of work where you do nothing but relax and pamper yourself. Don’t, however, use this day to run errands and get stuff done. Instead, unplug and unwind.
Use pillow spray every night when you get into bed. Aromatherapy will make you feel like you’re sleeping in a luxury day spa.
Embrace aromatherapy. We often under value our scent glands. Treat your nostrils to some good scents with candles, plug-ins, incense, and some aromatherapy goodness.
Refresh your goal list for 2020. NYE is right around the corner, bish, meaning it’s time to get your goals and priorities in gear. Take the time and due diligence to set clear goals with incentives and resolutions for the New Year.
What ways to you focus on your own self-care? Leave your suggestions, tips, and advice in the comments section below.