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Millennial Men and Baby Boomers Share Their Self-Care Tips

Millennial Men and Baby Boomers Share Their Self-Care Tips
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Millennial Men and Baby Boomers Share Their Self-Care Tips

"I love challenging myself in different ways."

With constant work pressure, a fast-paced routine and messy schedules, life can be daunting and it can feel impossible to keep your chin up and get through particularly bad days. Skincare, meditation, acupuncture, yoga and several other popular options exist. While women have been vocal about prioritizing self-care, it’s still not a topic that’s prevalent among men. The stigma persists: men are told from an early age to act tough, hide their tears and hold back from expressing how they truly feel. In a bid to change that, we decided to dig deeper. Ever wondered how the modern day man takes care of himself? We asked men from different professions and across different age groups to let us in on their self-care habits. 

Jim McClain, middle-school teacher; Indiana, USA

Well-Being: Millennial Men and Baby Boomers Share Their Self-Care Tips

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“Creating [educational superhero] comics is my method of self-care. My job over the past 32 years has become increasingly stressful, and creating is my escape. Attending comic book conventions as a creator gives me a sense of validation that I have never had in my profession. When I speak to a group of 200 teachers and receive enthusiastic applause instead of apathy from an uncaring administrator, it’s the best feeling in the world. Creating comics puts me into a zone, especially during the writing process, where I can actually hear my characters talking to each other in my head. There is nothing more relaxing for me than spending an hour listening to instrumental music and drawing.”

Simerjeet Singh, motivational speaker; Punjab, India,  

Well-Being: Millennial Men and Baby Boomers Share Their Self-Care Tips

Photo courtesy: Simerjeet Singh

One of the biggest stress busters for me is to work out. An hour at the gym is rejuvenating. Spending time with family and friends and music keeps me going. A healthy routine, proper sleep, not taking things too seriously, stepping back in time and [asking myself] ‘Am I overreacting to this situation?’ [are all important].” 

Taimour Othman, photographer and creative partner at a marketing agency; Cairo, Egypt

Well-Being: Millennial Men and Baby Boomers Share Their Self-Care Tips

Photo courtesy: Taimour Othman

“I travel. You need to get some time away from the city. I use the formula that allows me to run away on the weekends to places where life is a bit more self-sustainable without internet or electricity. That keeps me standing my ground, thinking about where and when will be my next adventure. How much time do I have to work in order to go diving, camping or hiking? That’s the key to my sanity. The next off-grid trip gives me more fuel and power to reconnect and do good work. I work as a creative leader and I need to have a fresh mind all the time. A very good way to take care of your mental health is to detach and move out of your comfort zone.”


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Sam Akel, entrepreneur and traceur; Dubai, UAE

Well-Being: Millennial Men and Baby Boomers Share Their Self-Care Tips

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“I don’t want to be the norm. Three years ago, I’d achieved everything I wanted for myself. I realized this is not the life I wanted. I went on to pursue my passion in the film industry and [performed] stunts. This is what keeps me going: I’m challenging myself and inspiring other people. Physical activity should be a lifestyle. My sports shoes, I always put them in a place where I see them everyday after I wake up. So I know this is something, a routine I enjoy. I consider it an integral part of my daily life. This is like drinking water, going to the toilet, eating.”

Konstantinos Lambrou, pilot; Larnaca, Cyprus

Well-Being: Millennial Men and Baby Boomers Share Their Self-Care Tips

Photo courtesy: Konstantinos Lambrou

“Taking care of myself is very important as a pilot. It is a demanding job that can be pretty stressful, mentally and physically. There’s a lot to take in: being constantly updated with new procedures, rules, regulations and tackling high levels of responsibility. Fatigue is common too: I often wake up at 4 a.m. to go to work. In order to keep up, I consciously take care of my body and mind. There is no secret. It’s all in the basics: good nutrition, rest, exercise and reading lots of books. For me, sleep is the best medicine so I personally try to sleep for a minimum of eight hours a day, when conditions allow. When it comes to stress, I reckon it’s something that you deal with better as you grow older and gain more perspective.” 

 Mohammed Akram, teacher; Dubai, UAE

Well-Being: Millennial Men and Baby Boomers Share Their Self-Care Tips

Photo courtesy: Mohammed Akram

“In my profession, you’re always dealing with people, you’re always dealing with noise: the two main things I need a break from, you know? When you’re working with children, especially adolescents, it demands a lot of energy from you. You don’t really get much me-time because you’re still thinking about them after you leave. My self-care routine involves being active and engaged. I love to travel, mainly by road. I love sight seeing and experiencing new things, it helps me forget about the things I sometimes stress over. Sometimes we think…this [stress] is a part of manhood that you should have to just deal with it and get on with stuff. I try to find hobbies that interest me. I love challenging myself in different ways, overcoming my fear of heights is one of them. To me, self care isn’t just about taking care of your physical appearance. Mental and emotional self-care is just as, if not more, important.”

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