5 Simple Ways to Relax Your Mind and Body

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5 Simple Ways to Relax Your Mind and Body

There’s probably nothing more common for a modern man than fighting stress on a daily basis. Family, expenses, work – all of these have something to add to the already existing pile of stressful activities. Guys are known not to pay attention to their mental health as much as women, and it’s probably high time we did something about that. We are getting older and older each day, so trying to find activities that will relax our body should be our main priority. Because, if not now – then when? Take a look at some of the options that will help you relax both your mind and body.

Take care of stress through massage sessions

Probably the best way to fight stress for a limited time is by booking yourself a massage. This is good news, as you can practically do this for all prices and anywhere you want to, but it would be excellent to choose the best of the best. You can either opt for a Melbourne relaxation massage or a Melbourne deep tissue massage, depending on the level of stress you want to fight. You can even have a Melbourne mobile massage and have the masseuse come to your home. Trust us, you will feel reborn just after one session, so rewarding yourself with one in a week or two weeks can seriously do wonders for both your body and mind. It’s OK to be a bit selfish at times, so knock yourself out!

Break some sweat

In order to relax your body and mind, you don’t have to choose only calm and soothing activities. For example, a couple of workouts a week can be an excellent way to do something for yourself that’s both healthy and interesting. If you’re not the sporty type of person, you should definitely invest in gym shoes and clothes now, and get yourself a gym membership so that you can start working on yourself. However, there are other options as well – you can wake up every morning an hour and a half earlier, and start your day with a morning jog. You’ll feel amazing after breaking some sweat and your whole day will be much more stress-free and less nerve-racking thanks to the blood that pumped through your body.

Take a trip

Why not simply take a couple days off work and recharge your batteries in a distant and exotic place? Traveling is something that has many benefits, so you should seriously consider this option. If you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, you can opt for a weekend getaway to a nearby city that you haven’t seen before, or pay a visit to a resort that’s not very far away. On the other hand, if you manage to get a week or so off, you should definitely book tickets to a place you’ve always wanted to see. Traveling is always a great option, and you should take every chance you have to do it.

Leave your work at work

You might be the employee of the month or year, but you don’t have to think about your work constantly. Since work-induced stress leads to nervousness, aggravation and even depression, it’s best that you leave your work where it belongs, and think about something else the moment you step out of the office. Even though it is easier said than done, you can find other activities that will preoccupy your mind. Being hard-working and devoted is a great thing, of course, but it’s best to learn when to stop.

Work on your breathing

Yes, it does sound ridiculous, as all of us breathe, right? However, even though many people don’t take this seriously, learning how to breathe properly can seriously help you in many ways. There are many breathing exercises online that you can try out and you will see how deep breathing for ten minutes a day and not thinking about anything else than the actual process of breathing can help you fight stress and feel so much better.

However, even though these practices are the most common and the best ones to fight stress and relax your body and mind, there are other options as well, such as taking up yoga or going to dance classes. Just find the thing that you enjoy the most, and try to be happy. It works!

Peter is a health writer at Essential Men's Clinic blog. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.

How to Survive Melbourne’s Winter

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Your Winter Survival Kit

If you happen to live in Melbourne (or you’re a constant tourist in this city), then you know that winters can be quite chilly and that you often come across unpredictable weather. And bearing in mind how much we hate doing things when we’re cold – we’ll probably feel like doing nothing. Which would definitely be a huge mistake, because regardless of the weather forecast, Melbourne is a great city with many diverse things to offer. Take a look at some of the best things to keep your mind off the cold weather and that will help you get through this season very happy:

Relax with a Melbourne massage 

Since you won’t be hitting the beach during winter, perhaps this is the best time to do something for yourself and your body. The first option would be to go and get warm in a spa, but you can always opt for different massages that will not only help you pass the time, but will also do wonders for your body. There are great places where you can get a massage – either a Melbourne relaxation massage, Melbourne deep tissue massage or a Melbourne sports massage if you’re a sportsman (or you like it a bit more firm). Elite Male Massage also offers a Melbourne mobile massage service which means that you don’t even have to leave the house (which is excellent on a cold winter’s day).

Jam the winter away

In order not to feel the winter blues, you should definitely choose to do something that’s very dynamic and interesting. And is there a better way to spend your free time than dancing it off? So, before the actual winter comes, make sure to find adult dance classes near you and warm up for the winter. Quick tip: if you start this now, you won’t be a beginner during winter time which will be even more interesting. Make your cold days warmer with hot music and dance sweat. It doesn’t matter that you haven’t danced before – there are many beginner classes where you will be taught from the very beginning.

Be a bird of the night

It doesn’t matter what side of the globe you’re on, winters are for going out and partying, as what else could you be doing during cold nights? Of course, you will spend the weeknights in the comfort of your home, wrapped in a blanket and Netflix and chilling, but that’s why you have to make your weekends more interesting. Melbourne is a great city, and it has so many clubs and pubs – and if you’re single this means that you will definitely meet somebody (perhaps even the love of your life?) So, if you’re looking for good night clubs, make sure to be a regular over at Chaise Lounge or Club Retro. However, if you’re not the night club kind of a person, you can always hit one of Melbourne’s historic theatres and watch a show (for example, you’ll be able to watch the Calamity Jane musical in December if you book your tickets in advance).

Culture, baby

If you’re a fan of art, literature and history, you can use winter as the season during which you will check out as many galleries and museums as you can, especially if you haven’t visited them all. Make sure not to miss the National Gallery of Victoria as they always have killer exhibitions (if you’re a retro enthusiast and have a thing for cooking, then the exhibition of tableware from the 1930’s – 1980’s called A Modern Life might just be what you need).

Winter’s for ice

We surely want to make winter much more interesting, but after all it’s all about ice and snow, isn’t it? And there’s definitely not a better season to put on your skating shoes and hit the ice. You can find your way to Melbourne’s home of ice-skating, the O’Brien Group Arena at the Docklands, and enjoy a day on ice. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or a pro skater – this caters for everyone’s needs! What’s even more interesting is that the Arena is set on the temperature of 16C degrees inside, which is definitely warmer than Melbourne’s average 14C degrees.

This means that there’s no reason to feel depressed and lazy this winter. There are so many things that you can do and even more places to see – so make your plan and stick to it. Choosing one of these tips will definitely make your winter more colorful!

Peter is a health writer at Essential Men's Clinic blog. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.