2020 was a tough year and 2021 is shaping up to be just as unpredictable. With this in mind, it’s time for the men of the UK to revisit self-care and think about how to maintain a healthy, happy life even when everything around you seems chaotic.
Why is self-care important?
Self-care is an all-encompassing term for looking after your body, mind, and spirit. It’s been a buzzword of the past few years and you might think it’s vague and hard to define. However, it’s much more important than you might think, especially in the current climate.
Self-care is made up of a number of things, and you are probably doing some of them right now. Grooming, body care, and skin care are all part and parcel of taking care of yourself, helping your body and mind align better to keep your mood on an even keel. Taking care of your body is a great way to help instil confidence and helps you feel good about yourself. Sticking to healthy routines is also a good way to keep your mind active and calm during a time when unpredictable changes are a given.
Of course, there are tons of things that can affect our mood, so this isn’t a catch-all, but in terms of small efforts you can make, taking care of the physical side can help the mental side.
What should be in a self-care kit?
A self-care kit is a collection of items aimed at improving your overall mood. A good self-care kit can comprise all of the small things that bring you pleasure on a daily basis: a healthy snack, a good book, something scented, and a collection of products aimed at providing nourishment where you need it most.
At Bulldog, we have created a variety of ranges that have been built with men in mind. Try our Energising Face Mask, straight from the Energising Range, which is aimed at revitalising tired skin. Or try out our collection of scented shower gels, like vetiver and black pepper or peppermint and eucalyptus. There’s something for everyone, and with our sustainable choices, you can enjoy the whole Bulldog range guilt-free.
What are good men’s grooming products?
If you’re going to put together a self-care kit, you should include some of your favourite grooming products. We recommend sourcing products that are designed for your specific skin type, so you know you’re giving your body the right kind of nourishment.
Whether you have sensitive, oily, combination, or mature skin, there are suitable products that have been created using a mixture of science and nature to improve the feel and appearance of your skin.
What if you’re a bearded gent looking to give your facial hair a bit of love? Beard balms and oils are soothing and hydrating, perfect for a self-care emergency. Again, they’ve been created by our team using a blend of scientific know-how and the best nature has to offer, from camelina oil to green tea extract.
How can I make time for myself?
Having the perfect self-care kit is one thing, but having the time to actually sit down and use it is another thing altogether. With the world the way it is, it can feel like timewasting to just sit and give yourself some love, but it’s precisely that mindset that runs down our batteries when what we should be doing is having a rest.
Everyone is different, with varying pressures, but one of the best ways to give yourself time is to actually set it aside as part of your daily routine. Choose a time of day that you know is relatively quiet and settle into a few minutes of calm.
Scent is a big help when it comes to achieving a sense of tranquility, so if you don’t have the time or inclination to have a scented bath, try a naturally fragranced shower gel to to help invigorate your senses and bring energy where it’s most needed.