A Stressed Man's Guide to Chilling Out

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Man's Guide to Chilling Out

The way we live today can take a toll on us mentally because it’s all about earning money and working a lot to support ourselves (and our family). There are many bills, duties, obligations and it all leaves us feeling anxious, and the worst thing is that we have little time to just relax and enjoy ourselves, spend time with our family members and friends and do something fun with them or alone. All of us feel under pressure from time to time, but everyone handles it differently. Some people don’t do anything so the intensity just keeps piling up on them. If you still haven’t found a way to chill out, read these several tips on how you can do so. It will help you get rid of the stress and anxiety!

Essential oils and scented candles

Go for some of the most calming essential oils for men and see which one suits you the best. For example, try lavender, rose, vetiver, bergamot, Roman chamomile, neroli, frankincense, sandalwood, ylang-ylang, orange or orange blossom or geranium. This can also help you improve your sleep.

Indulge in massage therapy

Did you know that regular massage can help with anxiety and stress relief? Now that you are familiar with this information, you just have to find the right one for you. From relaxation massage Melbourne to deep tissue massage Melbourne, there’s no doubt it’s gonna be beneficial for you. Your whole body will feel relaxed and it also promotes a healthy lifestyle.

Sports and all kinds of activities

Sports and exercise can help us with a lot of things- looking good, feeling great and they prevent illnesses and serious conditions like depression, making us more immune and stronger. The more active you are, the better results you can expect. It’s perfect if you get to combine this with hanging out with friends, for instance, playing tennis together or doing some other activities. This way, you get to both honor your body and enjoy doing something fun with people you care about, which is also good for relieving stress.

Simple but effective Zen

You can start practicing yoga and Pilates because they are extremely relaxing. With yoga, you can challenge your body and you also work on your mental discipline. If you don’t feel like trying any of these two things, just find a place that calms you down and makes you feel good and peaceful. You can even rent shisha in Sydney, if you come from this city. It’s very soothing and an increasing number of people are using it.

Write down your feelings

Have a notebook for this only and just grab a pen and start writing down everything you feel, because it can be very constructive. You can either record what you're stressed about or turn to a different approach – jot down what you're grateful for. If you do both, it’s even better! You can first face with the negative thoughts then change your focus and delight in the positive ones.

Laugh a lot

There are so many ways you can do it. Watch a comedy or maybe read some jokes. Call a funny friend of yours who always says things that make you laugh and feel great. Try to write something funny yourself. Whatever you do, know that laughter improves your immune system and mood.

Get a pet

Interaction with our pets helps release oxytocin, a brain chemical that promotes a positive mood. If you have a pet, spend more time with it. If you don’t, get one. You can get a dog because they are creatures that always love us unconditionally no matter what and the only thing they care about is making us happy.

Stop procrastinating

If you want to reduce stress, staying on top of your priorities and avoiding procrastination can be of great help. When we leave our obligations for later, we feel stressed because we know there’s something we have to finish. We can’t completely relax and forget about it because it’s always lingering somewhere in our brain, an even subconsciously, it can really bother us.

No matter how busy you are, in order to stay healthy and in good mental condition, you need to find time to do things that you find pleasant. If you like something from this article, do it and just chill for a bit. Your obligations won’t go anywhere, but having fun is very beneficial for our well-being.

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

How to Be a Better Masseur in 2019

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How to Be a Better Masseur in 2019

Do you want to become a better professional in the massage field? Do you want to improve your business? Do you want to earn better revenue? Here are a few points you can work on and you’ll certainly make your massage business thrive in 2019.

Study the science behind massage

While gaining experience by giving massages is one of the most important steps you can take, you must also do some theoretical work. Massage has various health benefits for the body and the mind and it can help with anxiety, depression, sleep and even things like injury and high blood pressure. A good masseur knows all about these benefits of massage and can share information with the customers and provide a completely custom-tailored massage experience. You might also want to get educated on different types of massage and the benefits they bring. From deep tissue to sports massage, there’s plenty of material to study and become a better masseur.

Become a specialist

Probably the most cost-effective tip on this list: become a specialist. Even though massage rates are dropping, this is the best time to make a change in a way you do business and further your career. What you want to do is find a niche, become very good at it and advertise yourself as a specialist in that area. This move will give you power over your business and give you more control over every session (usually, the client is the one who’s shaping a massage). Plus, if you become known as a specialist in a certain field, you can charge premium rates for your top-notch service.

In order to choose the best niche for you, try identifying which condition you’re best at eliminating. Maybe you have plenty of experience in facial massage, but for some reason can fix shoulder pain in a blink of an eye. Pursue what you’re truly talented at, master it and become the expert people seek out.

Create a welcoming space

While you certainly make an effort to welcome all people, it’s never a bad idea to reexamine your business and your customer relations. For instance, members of the LGBTQ+ community usually suffer stress levels two to four times higher than straight cis people. So, you as a masseur have a real opportunity to relieve some of that stress with your services and welcoming atmosphere—don’t add to it with being ignorant. Nurturing touch can help counteract the bias and discrimination faced by LGBTQ people.

While gay, lesbian and transgender people don’t usually require any kind of special treatment, they do face plenty of discrimination on a daily basis. So, get informed and willing to learn—what you don’t understand can cause unintentional discrimination and make both of you uncomfortable. Make sure your practice is confidential, respectful and accepting of all people no matter their sexuality, gender, race, nationality and body type.

Use best supplies

If you want to become a better masseur and improve your business, you must upgrade to better massage supplies. Luckily, today you can find excellent salon supplies online and get things delivered to your massage parlor. Everything from massage supplies (oils, lotions and massage beds) to other necessities for your business needs to be top-notch in order to provide clients with the best experience and skin care.

Ensure you have good marketing strategies

Concentrate especially on Internet marketing that’s exploding in recent years. One of the best things you can do for your business is ensuring your TripAdvisor page is filled with good reviews. This is key information for your clients when they start choosing their masseur. Make sure to include all your achievements, awards and certifications—it will give your business a more legit vibe.

Leave tips in 2018

This one might shock you, but just continue reading! While tips certainly make an impact, they don’t make a super drastic difference. The amount of income they bring is most likely not big enough that you can’t shift from them. Create a flat rate that will openly and clearly state the amount of money a client needs for your service and eliminate the awkwardness and math around tipping. Your clients will definitely appreciate your new rates and policies, especially those who love a fuss-free massage experience.

Don’t hesitate to learn more

No matter how experienced and learned in your field of expertise you are (or think you are), there are always new things to learn. The science of massage therapy changes every day and new techniques and research findings are constantly being discovered. The best you can do for your business is to stay up-to-date with new trends and research results and continue your education and improve your skills. Younger people especially want a masseur who’s educated and in-trend.

You’re never too good to learn new things about massage, no matter if it concerns new techniques, customer relations or massage supplies. So, follow these tips and your business will certainly blossom and attract plenty of new customers.

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