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.

How to Be a Happier Man

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Be Happy

Happiness is the ultimate thing we all strive for. However, we always want something that we don’t or can’t have, and that is why being happy in the moment is of crucial importance. They say that happiness lies in the little things, and we gladly indulge in all the things that make us happier for at least a day. And that’s not bad – in the breaks of pursuing the ultimate happiness, regardless of what it is, we should try to make ourselves as happy as we can. Take a look at these tips on how to be (at least a bit) happier.

Pamper yourself

One of the examples of instant happiness is pampering yourself. That means finding something you like that makes you feel relaxed or happy, and going for it. No matter if it’s reading a good book, going to the movies or watching TV while drinking a glass of expensive wine – just forget about the work-related things you should be doing, and do something for yourself instead. Another good option is booking a M2M Massage Melbourne. You can choose among Remedial Massage Melbourne, Relaxation Massage Melbourne or Deep Tissue Massage Melbourne, and you will definitely feel better afterwards. Being selfish from time to time is not a bad thing – you should always come first and do the things that you feel like doing.

Have more sex

Having sex once a week makes a person happier than having sex once a month. According to a study, the more sex a couple has over the course of six months, the stronger their relationship is six months later. That means that sex doesn’t only make us happier in the actual moment of performing it, nor the day after, but it can be a source of happiness in the months to come, as well. Saying that sex makes us feel good is stating the obvious, but we’re somehow unaware of the long-term benefits of having it regularly. The research team that conducted the study cited above said: “Sex seems not only beneficial because of its physiological or hedonic effects, but because it promotes a stronger and more positive connection with the partner.”

Exercise

Nothing can make us more self-satisfied than seeing that our body is becoming more and more fit and that our figure is getting better than ever. And it would be quite difficult to achieve this without some exercise. That is why you should get a gym membership or buy appropriate fitness equipment for a home gym and start working those muscles. However, you need to know that this happiness will not come all of a sudden – starting to work out can be daunting at first, and you might encounter certain moments of laziness, but once you see the results, you will definitely feel way happier. Be devoted and hard-working – that is the main key to achieving this.

Travel
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Not only is traveling good because it broadens our horizons and we learn more about a certain culture and people, it’s very beneficial for our well-being as well. It doesn’t matter if it’s a business trip, a holiday with your family or friends, or simply a weekend getaway – traveling provides us with many new experiences and memories that we will cherish, self-confidence, and most importantly, a break from our daily routine that we need, oh, so very much. This also results in a detox from all the social media, you learn to appreciate your home and it will definitely give you a break from your job. In order to have a unique experience that will make you even happier and more satisfied, you can try to browse the most unusual places to see which will not break the bank, and see things that not many people from your vicinity have.

Leave work at work

It’s easier said than done, but according to Harvard Business Review, not thinking about work after the workday ends is crucial for your mental well-being and the relationship with the members of your family. The most important thing is that you really decide to do this, and decide not to answer any work-related phones (unless your office is in flames, of course). Another, simpler, way that you could do this is by introducing the “Amish Hour”. This means that you should stay away from your phone, or any other electronic appliance or gadget for at least an hour, and enjoy the small things life has to offer – such as books, communicating with your friends or taking a walk in nature. Nature can really do wonders for your happiness so the next time you have a weekend off, make sure to hit the nearest mountain and spend as much time as you can there.

Happiness lies in the small things. At least, that is the happiness that we can easily have if only we realized what the things that make us happy were. Think only about yourself from time to time; give yourself whatever you want – shop, go out, drink. As we already said, being a bit selfish is not that bad.

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