It’s time to support each other and break that cycle together. Here are some tips to make holistic self-care part of your everyday routine:
- Nurture your mental and emotional well-being.
For the men in our survey, physical self-care was practiced on average 4x a week, while emotional self-care was 3x a week and social connection only 2x a week. Experts say finding a better balance is vital. “Men should be thinking of their mental health as deeply connected to their physical health,” suggests Dr Wizdom Powell. “They should also consider focusing on mental health to demonstrate masculinity.”
- Don’t let stereotypes hold you back.
Men who adhere to masculine stereotypes are 14% less likely to care for their emotional and social needs. Previous research led by Promundo and Unilever also suggests these stereotypes are linked to negative health outcomes for everybody.
- Laugh, communicate and have fun every day.
“Manage pain and emotions by laughing every day,” says Dr. Rashawn Ray, Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland. “Talk to the funniest people you know daily. Communicate regularly with those you love. Refresh yourself by doing things you enjoy and exploring new hobbies.”
- Teach your sons a new definition of masculinity.
Dr. Gary Barker, CEO and Founder of Promundo, believes teaching children social connection and emotional self-care can change the world. “They cry, they connect, they listen, they care, they sleep when they need to, they are brave enough to walk off the field when they are hurt,” he says. “We need to find ways to make all those qualities the ones we all agree our sons (and daughters) need.”