Author: Garrett Munce
Publisher: Adams Media
Release Date: July 8th, 2020
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Pre-order here: Amazon
“This straightforward and illuminating guide offers self-care techniques—from skin care to stress relief—designed for modern men who want to live longer, look better, and feel calm, focused, and happy.
Taking care of your mind, body, and soul is important to living a longer, more satisfying life and helps you feel confident in your daily interactions with others. In Self-Care for Men, author Garrett Munce—grooming editor for Esquire and Men’s Health and confirmed self-care practitioner—teaches you how to improve your physical and mental health and overall well-being through these easy and practical tips and exercises—from grooming to meditation—that are proven to work.
Practiced by men like David Beckham, Snoop Dogg, and Adam Levine, self-care is a key component to overall wellness. This helpful guide introduces you to anti-aging products and practices, explains why masks are the HIIT workout of skincare, and shows you how to relax when you’re on the go. Offering advice on a range of topics from hair care, supplements, detoxing, the wonders of CBD, improving your energy levels, and more, Self-Care for Men will not only help you look and feel better, but live a happier, heathier, and more successful life.”
Before I begin the with my thoughts I just wanted to point out that I was given access to this book on NetGalley with the intent of providing a review.
This book covers one of the most important topics for men right now, taking care of yourself. There is a stigma surrounding self-care, people think that it is only for women. I have always believed in taking care of myself and everything that includes, moisturizing, exfoliating, and massages are probably among the first things that come to mind when thinking about self-care. As covered in the book, there is so much more to it than just beauty products. Self-care is an important practice to implement when talking about mental health as well.
Garrett Munce did a great job of presenting the book in easy to digest chunks and laid all the information out in front of us in a clear and concise way. I appreciate that he made it so easy, because as someone who has practiced a lot of the forms of self-care he outlines, I know it can be daunting for someone who is first getting started. A book like this is so valuable to start breaking down the stigma of caring for yourself as a man. He covered all the basics of skin care and spa treatments and even went further into aromatherapy and crystals. I found all of it to be well-researched and informative.
One thing I especially loved was how he related some of the practices to celebrities and how they integrate them into their lifestyles. Learning that Tom Ford took up to 4 baths a day, for example, was funny but also shed light on the benefits taking a bath can have over taking a shower. Comparisons like this one go a long way in creating something men will feel comfortable with. Showing your average man who hasn’t put on lotion in years that the celebrities they aspire to be like do these things might be enough to convince them that they should be doing them too.
Another thing the book did was lay out the steps of getting started with each of these self-care practices. For every new thing Munce would outline the best ways to get started, what to expect, how much it might cost, and how to know that one thing is better than the other. As someone who didn’t know where to start when I began taking better care of myself, an outline like this would have been insanely valuable to me. One of my only complaints would be that it felt like the book ended rather abruptly, I would have liked to see a wrap-up chapter of some sort rather than the book ending directly after the information about smell.
Overall I think this book did a great job of bringing self-care to the realm of men. I ran across a few typos, but seeing as how this was an early copy and not the final release I don’t find that to be alarming. The message this book is trying to convey is one that every man needs to listen to and implement in their lives. Self-care is important, and men need to take note.
As always, thank you so much for reading. If you are a man and you implement a self-care routine, or you’re a woman trying to get a man to take better care of himself, let me know in the comments below! Check back for new posts like this one (at least) every Wednesday and Saturday, and sign-up via email to be sure you never miss a thing!