Self-Care and Health: How to Take Time to Pamper Yourself (and Why You Need to)

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Self-Care and Health: How to Take Time to Pamper Yourself (and Why You Need to)

Recent trends show that, thankfully, men are willing to pamper themselves more than ever. The beauty industry is looking at an impressive influx of male clientele, and it seems that now when gender playing fields are becoming more and more even, men are discovering new and exciting ways to feel better.

After all, the relentless whirlwind of jumbled activities, work, and social media practically force us into a corner, so taking time to pamper yourself becomes the simplest and wisest solution to stay on the bandwagon. Read on to find some great ideas for taking the time to rejuvenate your body and mind, and why it’s important.

Enjoy a massage

It’s highly recommended to take up regular exercise if you plan to stay on top of your game, both physically and mentally. However, it also stands true that exercise, combined with chronic stress, can lead to cramped muscles, stiffness, and even issues with posture.

This is why every wise man who works diligently on improving his lifestyle should combine scheduled workouts with regular massage therapy. It’s not only an enjoyable way to treat yourself, but it also reduces stress significantly and improves circulation through your worked-out muscles.

Even though your entire body will relax, massage therapy naturally promotes muscle growth and lymph drainage, which results in effective detoxification. Speaking of detox, you can also always take the initiative and embrace habits that will prompt you to lead a more natural life, which brings us to the next point.

Brave your own frontier

Sometimes, the kind of pampering you need will be away from civilization and formal services. The scientific community has proven many times over that spending time in nature does wonders for your immune system. Your body will not only be stronger for it, but your mind will also get the healing, rebalancing break it needs.

You might not consider yourself an outdoorsy type, but you never know until you’ve given it a proper try. You can go on a meditation-spree through easygoing hikes and enjoy the outdoors. You can arm yourself with equipment and go on a mountaineering escapade. Kayaking, camping, wildlife-spotting – there’s an endless list of activities to choose from and enjoy the adventurous thrill that the wilderness offers.

Spa-yourself out

Treat yourself with, at the very least, two full-on spa days a month. Work out your busy schedule and dedicate an entire day to your rejuvenation in all imaginable ways. It is fairly easy these days to find the nearest spa that is renowned for its services, and take a whole package.

Granted, this package will usually include a massage as its centrepiece, but you have to look at the big picture: spa days are brimming with incredible opportunities that can de-stress you, improve your mood, and rejuvenate your skin.

The massages are usually combined with a relaxing sauna session that will force you to sweat all the toxins out of your system. You can get a face mask, which will exfoliate your skin, and go for a manicure/pedicure treatment for the full pampering experience.

Buy yourself a present

All the other suggestions we’re listing in this article are based around experiences, but every once in awhile, it’s nice to give yourself a material gift.

Shopping is a lot more satisfying when you do it mindfully and intentionally, and it can be especially fun as part of an entire day dedicated to self-care. You don’t need to have a special occasion for this – say “I deserve this” and get yourself a present “just because.” Whether it’s something modest like a book or toys to spice up your sex life, be creative and treat yourself with something that gives you joy. Celebrate yourself!

Try your hand at cooking

Cooking a fine meal can be an art form. Countless men around the world have always been captivated by this exceptional skill, and some cultures – like Italian – are known for promoting cooking among boys and girls equally.

If you’ve never really prepared anything more complicated than eggs or noodles, have no fear. You can always start with the basics and work your way from there. After all, if so many people became good cooks through sheer practice, why shouldn’t you?

There is something truly calming and meditative about busying your hands with preparing a tasty meal and having a clear goal (and reward) at the end of the process. Grocery-shopping, cutting up the ingredients, and creating a perfect balance of spices is a wonderful endeavour with countless possibilities.

Plus, since you’re the chef of the house, you can always prepare the healthiest possible meal that agrees with your dietary needs.

A happier, more relaxed version of you comes with multiple benefits. You will beam with confidence and contentment, becoming a more pleasant company to yourself and to those around you.

How to Live a More Natural Life

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Lifestyle

No matter where you live, what you do for a living, what kind of lifestyle you lead, living a non-toxic, healthy life is the goal of everyone. It definitely sounds great and it is one of the biggest changes that you can do for yourself. However, sometimes this might be easier said than done. What are the most important things you have to know? How to actually start? Are there any tips and tricks to living a more natural and healthier life? Take a look at some of these steps and incorporate them as soon as possible if you want to make a difference in your life:

Always opt for a massage

In order to start living a healthier and more natural life, you need to feel the change in your body. Due to the fast pace of life nowadays and the sea of responsibilities that we encounter every day, we forget about how much we need to tend to our bodies. Opting for a massage is a great way to start this process - it will make your body much more reflexive and yourself able to enjoy life more. It is very important, though, to choose a good massage that is not going to be pleasant, but also strong enough to actually help you relax your body. If you cannot find time to go and book a men’s mobile massage, you can always book a mobile one where the masseur (male therapist) will come to your house.

Opt for more natural food and drinks

Turning to more natural options for meals and drinks is definitely going to help you in your goal to live a more natural life. This means that you give up on food that is greasy and heavy, give up on fast food, and opt for food that is either raw or grilled. Make your diet richer in vegetables and fruit. On the other hand, bid farewell to sugary drinks and juices, and focus on water and tea instead. There are various types of tea that have amazing taste and are very healthy, so you can have them as an option instead of coffee or juice. To make sure you always have them at home, you can consider certain wholesale tea options and order them that way. Drinking natural drinks is very important, not only because of detoxing the organism, but also because it is very healthy and will do wonders for your body.

Reduce garbage

Another way to live a more natural life and also help our planet is to reduce the amount of garbage and to recycle whatever you can. Always try to find ideas that are eco-friendly and that do not require any use of plastic and harmful materials. If you have an option to use containers more than once, do that. Recycling containers and using them some other time, or simply using reusable stainless steel or glass options will definitely lower the use of plastic. It is always a good idea to prevent the garbage from accumulating.

Clean your cosmetics

The most harmful materials are not in the food that you eat or the juices that you drink, but rather in your cosmetics and the products that you have in your bathroom. This is why it is a good idea to take a look at the ingredients of each and then decide if you want to keep that particular product or not. Make sure to check the body moisturizer, sunscreen, makeup, lotion, shampoo, and if you are a guy, the shaving cream.

Go outside more

Finally, always go outside more. Try to find different venues and places where you will go and sightsee. There are so many natural places all around us, and it would be such a shame not to experience them. So, the next time you want to go to a swimming pool, consider a lake nearby where you can have your dip in the water while still enjoying a more natural life.

It is not difficult to lead a healthier and more natural life. It does take a bit of devotion and it does require to be more open to new destinations and new things, but it is definitely worth it. Simply try it out and you will see for yourself.

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