5 Tips to Relax Your Body No Matter Where You Are

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Physical Health

We are always associating stress with our mental health, failing to realize that it can take its toll on our physical health as well. How many times have you felt stiff, experienced back pain or a sore jaw? Probably more than you wanted, and everything is simply the result or being stressed out. And you cannot be blamed – life today can be so difficult at times that stress is the only thing we have left. However, it’s very important to try and do whatever we can to alleviate the stress and relax our muscles and our bodies. But how to do that? It’s easier said than done, right? Take a look at some of the easiest ways how to relax your body, regardless of where you are at that precise moment:

Nothing like a good massage

Yes. There’s definitely nothing like a good massage, and if you have the possibility of booking one, make sure you do that immediately. The good thing is that you can nowadays find so many good masseurs who also offer mobile massages, so you don’t have to go to them – they can come to you. It’s very important to know who your masseur is, as you definitely want someone who knows what they’re doing. Opt for a relaxation or deep tissue massage, as these are the ones that will help you relax in the best possible way.

Comfort before anything else

Next up, you should pay attention to what you’re wearing. No, we’re not going to lecture you about the trends and must-have of the season, but on the fact that you should always wear whatever’s comfortable for you. Discomfort can also be a great trigger for stress, so you can minimize it by wearing pieces of clothing that make you feel comfortable. If you have to dress up for your office, make sure that you wear shoes that are comfortable and a suit (or a shirt and pants) that both look good on you and are comfy. If you can rock athleisure in your office, you can always opt for men’s Adidas clothing and shoes as they are both extremely fashionable and comfortable. Most importantly, you can combine them with a suit without any problem – it’s the latest fashion y’all! Don’t forget to wear comfortable underwear, though. This is something that many take for granted, but it turns out that wearing the wrong underwear can definitely break our day.

Be mindful

It is said that, in order to relax your body, you need to relax your mind. Believe it or not, it’s worth trying, right? The best way to do this is with mindfulness meditation – a practice that has been scientifically proven to decrease anxiety and stress levels, and also increase the grey matter in the brain. Just allocate 15-20 minutes every day to meditate just a bit, and you will feel much more centered in the morning and throughout the following day.

The thing with shoulders

The stress that you carry can certainly take its toll on your body. But what body part will suffer the most? Definitely your shoulders and your neck, and this can result in stiffness and in pain. What you need to do to prevent this from happening, is simply drop your shoulders, and stop the unnecessary tension from building up there. Drop your shoulders and take a deep breath. You will see the difference in no time, and just imagine how it will feel if you did this throughout the day. Be conscious of the posture of your shoulders and grow a habit out of it. What you can also do is practice the occasional shoulder and neck stretch, as it wouldn’t hurt at all.

The thing with feet

The top of your body (basically your shoulders and your neck) can be full of stress, but as much as this body part is important, so is the lowest point of your body – the foot. Relaxing your feet can definitely help you a lot with relaxing your entire body. Every part of your body is connected by nerves to your feet, so you can effectively relax your entire body if you opt for a foot massage or stretching your toes out.

As you can see, it’s not that difficult to help your body relax from time to time. Not only will you be doing your mental self a favour, but you will see the benefits it has on your physical health as well. Try them out and you will see. We will be expecting your thank you cards.

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

The Art of Loving Yourself

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Proper Attention

Taking care of yourself and being cautious towards your own wishes and desires is something we often forget, but if we all paid more attention to how we’re feeling, we’d be calmer and at peace with ourselves. Making yourself happy is, luckily, a simple process – all you need is an hour or two a day to what you want. If you’re lacking ideas how to do so, here are a few suggestions that might point you in the right direction.

Proper massage

Getting a massage by a professional is one of the best feelings in the world and something you should definitely do at least once a month. This is also an extremely effective way to relax and heal your body, mind and soul at the same time, but you can never know how truly amazing it feels until you’ve done.

There are lots of styles of massages you can explore – Thai and Balinese massages are quite popular in Southeast Asia, for instance, but you can also try deep tissue and relaxation massage as well. Keep in mind that this idea has a therapeutic effect on your body, too, so give it a try.

Proper skincare

Unlike women, this is something men usually don’t take seriously and are often uninterested in maintaining skin and hair, but it’s still one of the ways to show your body respect. Investing in proper skincare and grooming doesn’t have to be too expensive nor too extravagant, so start with just a couple of reliable products and see how they work for you.

After you’ve noticed their positive effect on your face, hands, forehead and beard, you can continue exploring more options and expand your skincare and grooming techniques. In just a couple of weeks, you’ll look much younger and feel much better.

Proper food

Your body really is a temple and should be treated like one. Eating junk food and relying on poor dietary choices is definitely the worst idea in the world and a sure path towards diabetes, obesity, cardiac arrest and other serious life-threatening illnesses.

If you, however, choose a different path and pack your diet with seafood, things are going to change for the better. Tracking down a place that offers proper seafood isn’t easy, but you’ll definitely be able to find your favorite seafood restaurant in Sydney – or, for that matter, in any other town! Good seafood is hard to find, so once you’ve located a great place, visit it as frequently as possible.

Proper flaws

Embracing other people’s flaws is quite easy because you love them for who they are and wouldn’t dare to change even the smallest thing about them. Nevertheless, have you tried doing the same thing with your own self for a change? We all have flaws, and that’s only natural, but what isn’t is beating yourself up over them – you should either accept yourself the way you are or try to work things out any way you can.

Accepting your imperfections and weaknesses is the only way to true happiness and the minute you do so, you’ll feel better – even when you look in the mirror and see that you’ve gained or lost weight, grew a funny beard or have been sporting an unbecoming hairdo. You’ll see that these are the things that make the real you and welcoming them into your life again is going to help you overcome your insecurities and doubts.

Proper time off

Everyone needs some alone time every once in a while, regardless of their sex, age and relationship status. From single people ready to mingle to those who are married and with children, we could all benefit from a little time off now and then – but not too much, though, or we’ll turn into a bunch of loners.

This is a moment for you to collect your thoughts, make plans for the future, do something you normally don’t have time for or simply relax and take a nap. Ultimately, this alone time will make you more relaxed and you’ll be ready to get back to your daily lives stronger and happier than you’ve been before, so find time for yourself and give yourself the attention you truly deserve.

After all, no matter how effective and positive these methods are, they aren’t the only ways to show yourself some respect and care. Some of the other things you might want to consider doing include spending more time with your friends, going to places you’ve never been to before, picking up interesting and exciting hobbies, drinking more water and eating more healthy food, as well as coming to terms with the dreams and plans you had back in the day, but haven’t had the time for them yet. Trust us, nothing’s perfect and you can’t realize all your potentials at the same time, so relax and give yourself a break.

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