Back when the west was still wild, hardscrabble cowboys – the kind played by John Wayne – enforced civility within their communities. Through sheer grit and self-sacrifice, they prevented outlaws from pilfering horses and cash registers from local ranches and saloons.
But fellas, times have changed. Times have softened, and the tough-guy schtick is no longer necessary. It’s now safe to relax, and you’d be wise to do so.
When many guys think of self-care, they often think of bubble baths, pedicures, and other, typically feminine indulgences (and there’s no reason you shouldn’t enjoy those, too). Another way to think of self-care is as routine maintenance for your mental health. Self-care is a simple matter of doing what you enjoy and reaping the health benefits, while at the same time becoming a better husband, dad, or friend to the people around you.
This Father’s Day, think about what you can do for yourself. And not just for the day: How can you treat yourself better from here on out? We've compiled five science-backed self-care strategies to get you started.