Men sometimes put themselves under too much pressure in the name of looking ‘masculine’. As we move towards an equal society where a lot of focus is placed on not forcing gender roles on women and young girls, men should feel freer to do what makes them feel good without fear of not conforming to expectations from generations past. This is something we do see happening more and more. For instance, there are now far more personal grooming products aimed at helping men look and feel good, and male fashion has, over time, become a more important industry.
But, there are still a lot of things that seem like something only women are comfortable doing on the whole, and these could be things that would make life much more comfortable for men if they gave them a chance, too! Mantastic Pursuits has a great article on the things men can learn from women about leading more comfortable lives, and here are just three examples:
Carrying A Bag!
Do you remember that episode of Friends where Joey started carrying a ‘man-bag’ and found life so much easier? Well, he stopped because it was the ‘90s and – as Rachel said – the world wasn’t ready for him and his bag. In 2018, though, carrying a bag is fairly commonplace, though you’d be surprised how many men still don’t want to because they think only women have purses! Rather than trying to fit your bulky keys and wallet and other necessities into your pockets, you could use a bag and be free to carry all those portable things you own like your tablet and laptop with you too. Plus, you wouldn’t have to annoy your wife by asking her to carry all your stuff in her bag when you go out together…
Taking A Long Bath
Soaking in the bath with some good products can not only be relaxing; it can also be great for your muscles and your skin. If you usually opt for manly showers or quick soaks then you are missing out on a great chance to recover from exercise, keep your skin in good condition, and unwind. This also happened in Friends – perhaps there is a theme here?
Choosing The Salad
Sometimes, men feel like it looks a bit feminine to choose a lighter option when eating out, but let’s face it, women aren’t the only ones who should be concerned with nutrition. If you fancy the steamed salmon and green vegetables or the garden salad, don’t order the rack of ribs or the monster burger just because you are worried about what people think! The same goes for drinks – if you want white wine or a pink fruity cocktail rather than a beer, go for it – you’re supposed to be enjoying yourself!
Men really could benefit from caring less about outdated ideas of masculinity and being more confident about doing what actually makes them feel good. Confidence is far more attractive than machismo, anyway!