Societies typically associate pleasant physical appearances to good breeding and positive behaviors, which is why taking good care of ourselves is important. Personally, we feel good by being clean and fresh smelling. Most of us even take additional steps to make ourselves presentable and as radiant looking as possible.

Even bearded menfolks make sure their beards are clean and well trimmed. Just like women, men feel better about themselves knowing that they look and smell good. Actually, one of the red flags of a depressed behavior is that of losing interest in self-care and in investing time and money to maintain a good physical appearance.

Some men shave just for the sake of shaving, until the dry shaving process becomes a painful experience they would stop shaving altogether. Others invest in wet shaving supplies to make the shaving routine effective and enjoyable.

Our Brain Controls Our Routine Behaviors

Not many are aware that there is this part of the brain located in the frontal lobe that controls cognitive skills, particularly our emotions and routine behavior.

Neurobiology researchers say that this part of the brain performs an individual’s attitude and expressions of emotions. This cerebral section also handles our problem-solving ability, our language and communication skills, our memory recall, our sexual behaviors and our ability to make judgments.

Self-care is routine and spending less or no time at all to take care of one’s appearance can become a vicious cycle. This eventually leads to hating oneself for looking ugly, and in feeling irritable with the unpleasant outcomes of poor hygiene. These are actually conditions that indicate a mental health disorder because it denotes the frontal lobe section of the brain is beginning to lose control over routine and basic functions.

While the act of shaving is considered routine for most men, some simply decide to grow a moustache or beard because it makes them feel more confident or in some cases, more attractive, which is still positive. Mental health experts actually consider the act of proper shaving as a good indication of having control over one’s emotions.

What is Emotional Control

Emotional control or regulation is what differentiates a mature person from a child or from immature individuals. A person with a well-developed ability to control his or her emotions can quickly assess a challenging or dangerous situation to reduce anger, fear, stress, anxiety or irrational behavior. The ability to keep one’s emotions in check enables a person to stay focused and calm while thinking of a solution to a problem or to overcome fear or sadness.

While not everyone can be expected to have a highly developed sense of emotional control, mental health experts believe that a lack of emotional control or refusal to regulate one’s emotion is a sign of mental health disorder. It’s important to have awareness about such matters. That way, they can seek professional help in developing coping mechanisms against poor emotional control.