Earlier in this series, we dove into what makes a “modern gentleman” these days. The point was that while there are some enduring ideals of masculinity, the concept of being a good man is constantly changing with the times. And in a world that often dictates strict norms and expectations for men, the concept of self-care has historically been overshadowed, dismissed or even stigmatized. Thankfully, the tide is turning as a new generation of guys embraces the importance of nurturing their mental, physical and emotional well-being.
In this enlightening exploration, we dive into the significance of self-care and unveil the secrets of some exceptional and successful men who have made self-care an integral part of their lives. These are not just stylish men interested in looking their best—they're trailblazers and world travelers who understand that even the busiest man needs to take a beat, slow down and prioritize those things that bring some joy and peace into their life.
And no, it doesn't always involve lighting incense or aligning your chakras. Ensuring that you set aside some time to recharge your batteries doesn't make you a “softboi”. After all, self-care can mean a lot of different things to different people, but at its core it refers to anything you can do to make yourself feel good. It's an investment in your mind, body and spirit.
When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.
- Author and psychiatrist
Jean Shinoda Bolen