I have been talking a lot lately about self-care. Moreover, that contrary to the popular media image of consuming your way to feeling better. Self-care is sometimes tough-love. Furthermore, I accept this might sound harsh. Self-care has very little to do with “treating yourself.” More to do with parenting yourself. And about making choices that support your long-term well-being and happiness.
Have you ever heard an inner voice telling you are disempowering things, like “I don’t think I can do this,” “What if I fail?”, “I’m stupid,” This is too hard,” “I’m ugly, no likes me”? and on and on, buzz buzz buzz – this is your inner critic and you need to kow how to silence it or it will take over and wreck havoc in your life.
Today there is a significant conversation about stress and especially about stress at work about women. The number of people signed off due to stress-related ill-health has grown at an alarming rate.
As a mindfulness coach, I see many women reaching out for support. Mindfulness training in and out of workplaces, yoga, meditation and the like appear strongly skewed to females. Therefore, it’s essential that we talk more about men and stress in the workplace and beyond. And find more ways to encourage men to participate in mindfulness training. So for International Men’s Day, I put together a short overview of stress with a focus on men.