Self Care Series #10
Men - know thyself.

November is Men’s Health Awareness Month so it's a good time to draw attention to the need to screen for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention.

For this week' Self Care series, we hope to normalize self care for practices for men in & out of the spa treatment room. From improving your sleep to trying meditation, these self-care and home checkup tips that can help you stay healthy!

Self Check
Know what is normal for your testicles. make sure there aren't
any unusual lumps or bump. Give them a regular check and go to the doctor if something doesn’t feel right. 

Are you over 45?
Out of every 100 American men, one will get prostate cancer during their lifetime, and about two out of three of those men will die from prostate cancer. Talk to your doctor early about prostate cancer and whether it’s right for you to have a PSA test. If you are of African or Caribbean descent or have a father or brother with prostate cancer, you should be having this conversation at 45.

Upgrade your sleep hygiene
Getting enough sleep is a no-brainer, but what you do to prepare yourself to go to sleep has a big impact on how much you get. Turn off screens two hours before bed, lowering the temperature of your room, upgrading your sheets to cotton or linen, and using a noise machine can all help you sleep deeper and feel better.

Get a massage
From neck and back pain to sports injuries and even relief from the usual 9-to-5 tension, there are many reasons why you need massages. Not only can they cure the nastiest hangovers, but a study also shows that just 45-60 minutes of massage can lower heart rates, blood pressure, and promote serotonin. Adding massage to your weekly routine can reduce anxiety, decrease stress, and keep your immune system in shape. 

If you’ve never meditated, it can be intimidating and really uncomfortable. Meditation apps like InScape or Headspace make it easy for beginners and just a few minutes a day can help decrease stress and anxiety and help you sleep better.

Spoil your skin
Even if you have no skincare routine, doing something to your face not only helps it look it’s best, but also feels good. The easiest thing to do for beginners is get a facial moisturizer (look for oil-free if you have oily skin) and apply it after you wash your face morning and night. 

Often overlooked in anyone’s routine, stretching can lead to better posture, more confidence, a decrease in common aches and pains, and an overall positive attitude. 

Sweat it out
Get up and move. Add more activity to your day.
Most of us know that exercise releases endorphins that help elevate our mood, but it doesn’t mean you have to hit the gym for hours. If you spend most of your day bent over a computer, getting up and stretching or walking for a few minutes not only gives you a mental break but can help release those same endorphins.

Every November, we will be donating 15% from each sale to for Men’s Health Awareness Month.

We hope you enjoyed this week's self care series.


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