Modern men are redefining the traditional codes of manhood set by the previous generations, with being more accepting of a “softer role” in the society (e.g. egalitarian and stay-at-home dads, or feminists). This fact, along with many other historical and socio-economical factors, shaped a specific lifestyle of a millennial man.
However, it is inevitable for millennials to experience an existential crisis. The fast-paced 21st century brought millions of possible career paths and the competition is tough. In comparison to the previous generations, levels of employment are lower, and so are the average incomes. The struggle to “have it all” can be nerve-wracking. All of this makes it significantly harder for a millennial man to obtain the desired lifestyle. But it’s not impossible: all you have to do is be savvy with your choices and reprioritize.
Exercising and eating right
As a millennial man, you have to care about your well-being. Think outside of the box – you don’t have to sign up for an expensive gym membership. There are many fitness apps you can use for tracking your calorie intake or your overall fitness progress. Value the social moment of working out by teaming up with friends or finding a workout buddy – and you’re more likely to stick to your goals. Exercising is also important for mental health, especially in means of stress management. Try jogging, yoga, cycling, or swimming. Incorporate physical activity in your daily routine. Learn more about organic food and healthy eating habits. Explore different cuisines and you’ll see that a healthy diet doesn’t necessarily mean a tasteless one.
Self-care and grooming
Being aware of the importance of personal style, a millennial man takes good care of himself. Different types of trending hairstyles and well-groomed beards are a minimum when it comes to self-care. Trimmed and well-maintained full beards have stayed a number one choice. Research show this attractive look is perceived as a sign of health and masculinity, and is even associated with parenting abilities, according to women.
Affordable style on the point
Price and quality are the two main criteria for buying clothes and accessories. Millennials put more effort into styling their outfit, crushing down prejudices about men being sloppy, unkempt and unversed when it comes to fashion. Millennial menswear is heavily focused on experimenting with the sixties look (“Mad Man” series inspired) which includes all kinds of accessories: neckties, watches, belts, suspenders, scarves, hats, etc. This type of formal style has made its way to everyday wear. For an equally sleek look, try dark slim-fit jeans, light blue shirt with rolled up sleeves, a brown tweed vest, and a black tie. For a dash of coolness, add fashionable Carrera glasses: opt for the Havana Brown aviator model and you’ll definitely end up with a stylish look.
Maintaining healthy relationships
This includes relationships with your family, your partner, business, money, and yourself. When it comes to love relationships, don’t feel pressured to rush into marriage and don’t feel bad if you still haven’t found your significant other. Times have changed. When (and if) you do become a parent, it will certainly add a whole new meaning to your life. But don’t be impatient: live your life at your own pace. Persist in finding a fulfilling job, as you will learn to value career satisfaction more than your income. Focus on self-development. When it comes to money, be wise: think about the retirement plan (e.g. 404k) and spend on experiences rather than on products.
Sometimes it’s hard to be a man in today’s world. But with a proper attitude and some effort, you can stand as a proud millennial everybody’s counting on to change the world.
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