A Slight Change in Content
One of our 3 pillars, and the last one is "Feel Your Best". It is perhaps the most important one. While we primarily focus on beards and taking care of them, you yourself can't look great without feeling great. When you feel great, it really does show. You may not notice it, but everyone around you can, and that positive energy is very contagious.
That is why we want to create content(in addition to beard stuff) that also focuses on being able to talk about how we as men feel. Talking about how you feel does not make you "less" of a man, in fact, being able to talk about this subject really does take strength. I am not really sure how exactly this will evolve, but I decided that today we'll focus on a quote that I'm sure many of you can relate to these days, and if you have any thoughts, feel free to leave your comment below. This may not be something you'd expect from a beard care business, but we hope you enjoy this slight change in content.
Feel Your Best
"It does not matter how slow you go so long as you do not stop".
Though Confucius lived over 2000 years ago, this quote still rings true today. For many of us, this past year has been quite the odd one. One thing's for sure, is that daily life slowed down. Yet despite all that, you're still capable of achieving all your goals. Somedays you may feel like you weren't able to accomplish something significant, but what matters is that you actually tried and didn't stop, because it's the little things that add up.
Personally, this past year messed up my routine, and overall motivation for work, hobbies, etc. Switching to working remotely from home was a challenge, when it came to remaining productive, and it really did feel like some days I would do essentially nothing, and a heavy feeling of guilt would fall over me. If you can relate to this, something that really helped me out tremendously, was creating a routine involving healthy habits. In fact, it was this book called "Atomic Habits", by James Clear that really helped me set up a system.
To some, many of the ideas in this book are probably something that one would assume people would know, but I read this book coming from a past of procrastination and inconsistency, and years of this had finally reached a point where it was just not sustainable.
Make it Invisible
This is not a review of Atomic Habits, but rather I'm just going to tell you about two main ideas in this book that really stood out to me and helped me. Everyone has bad habits, because we're not perfect. One of my bad habits is watching Youtube in bed until 3 in the morning, when I should be sleeping. So, what has helped me with getting rid of bad habits is to remove the things that trigger it. Something as simple as moving where I charged my phone really made a difference in my sleeping habits. I'm personally a light sleeper, so I don't need much noise to wake me up, so I find that my phone ringing from my drawer, is still enough to wake me up.
Optimize your Environment
Simply put, choose a new space to do the behavior you want to do. In my case, I wanted to be more productive. However, if you're like me, and you don't have the luxury of space, just designating the couch or a chair for your activity can make all the difference. Training yourself to also practice your new habit after doing an established habit is also great. For example, after brushing my teeth, I immediately get to work, and over time, this behavior begins to stick.
Of course, none of this can be done without showing up everyday. Something that has helped me is knowing that just being 1% better each day is enough, because I'd rather be productive for an hour than be on my computer for 4 hours, but barely get anything done. The little things add up and eventually you'll breakthrough and get to where you want to be. That's why Confucius's quote is relatable for me, and I hope you can relate to it as well.
This article has probably been all over the place, as I'm still figuring out how exactly future articles will be, but if you have any thoughts, feel free to leave your comment below! There is still a stigma against men and talking about anything related to mental health, and I'd like to do my part to try and start any kind of conversation. Of course, I can only write based on my experiences, so if you'd like to also take part, feel free to share!
Atomic Habits(If you're interested in reading this book, you can buy it HERE)