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Men: What is Your Self-Care IQ?

How many times per week do people say to take care and you reply saying okay, you too? Probably more than you can count. But, do you actually take care of yourself as you should? The fact is that a sizeable portion of adult men don’t. The good news is that it only takes a few lifestyle changes to turn the whole situation around and begin boosting your self-care IQ. What are some of the things any guy can start doing to get on the right track? Of course, there are dozens of techniques and strategies, and everyone has a unique situation. However, several methods rise to the top of the list because they address areas of self-care that are frequently overlooked by busy, career-oriented men. In no particular order of importance, the following topics are worth thinking about if you want to look and feel your best.

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Medical Checkups

Speak with your primary care physician about how often you should be having physical exams, blood work, and cancer screenings. Everyone has their own risks and medical challenges, no matter what age they are. That’s why it’s vital to consult your healthcare provider and stick to the schedule they give you. For the vast majority of men, an annual physical is a baseline event. Older guys often need to get more frequent checkups to stay informed about their general well-being and prevent major diseases.

Proper Hair Care

It matters not whether you have a full head of hair or not very much at all. Whatever nature has given you in the follicle department, it’s important to use the right products. Too many of the low-quality store products can dry out hair and scalp in a short time. Better to shop online and choose products that nourish and rejuvenate every strand and don’t dry out the skin. When it comes to hair care for men, far too many guys just assume that generic shampoos and conditioners, at bargain basement prices no less, are enough to get the job done. They aren’t, which is why you need to be selective about all the treatments and products you regularly use.

Sensible, Regular Exercise

There’s no need to become a bodybuilding hobbyist because sensible exercise is more about health and general fitness than anything else. Speak with a health care professional and see what kinds of exercise regimens are best for your goals and abilities. Avoid overdoing it and jumping into an intense program without preparation and sound medical advice. Instead, take it slow and realize that exercise need not be horrible and painful but can be something to look forward to every day of your life.

Rejuvenating Sleep

Far too many working adults have trouble sleeping each night. They either don’t get enough sleep or have very inconsistent sleep patterns and often feel as if they don’t get the rejuvenation and rest that they should. Again, it’s always wise to speak with your doctor if you face a physical problem with sleep, but try to learn some strategies for getting enough rest. Your doctor can give you tips about how to get more rest and set a sleep schedule that works.

Written by Mark Greene

Mark Greene is writer and life coach dedicated to helping men to perform at peak level. He shares dating advice, style tips and strategies for building wealth and success.