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.

5 Things All Healthy Men Have in Common

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Healthy Men

Most men take health for granted. While you are young and vital, health problems won’t affect you that much, but as you grow older, those years of not exercising and eating junk food will come back to bite you. Fortunately, it’s never too late to make lifestyle changes.

If you ever wondered what healthy men have in common, you have come to the right place. Yes, exercising is one of the things, but there is so much more that men do to stay healthy. So, let’s check out those other things.

Taking care of their bodies

First and foremost, if you want to maintain your youthfulness, you need to take proper care of your body. All that sitting at work, in the car, etc. will harm your back and posture. That is why millions of men everyday go to massages.

People often think of massages as something that you treat yourself to once every three months, but they should really be on your weekly schedule. Massages can help you relieve stress, back and joint pain, improve circulation, and much, much more. So, make sure you start going to them at least every two weeks, but ideally on a weekly basis.

Nutrient supplementing

Eating healthy and nutrient-rich food will not only improve your body and health, but also your mind. Many men think that food is only for the muscles, but your brain requires it as well. However, sometimes even when eating healthy and diverse meals, you might be missing some nutrients. That is why healthy men use nutrients and vitamin supplements to make up for what’s missing.

Today, there are hundreds of excellent supplement companies, and you can easily find high-quality vitamins online. A small notice; you should do the bloodwork before you start using supplements, just so you know what vitamins and nutrients you need.

Active lives

Of course, all healthy men exercise. This doesn’t mean that all of them are in the gym lifting weights, but rather that they are living active lives. You don’t have to have 50 pounds of muscles to be healthy; any form of exercise is good.

However, the key is to be consistent. At least once or twice a week go for a run, hit the group fitness classes, or play a game of tennis, whichever suits you the best. Unless you have specific goals like building muscles, any form of activity is excellent for your health.

Healthy sleeping patterns

Most people don’t realise how important sleep is to our overall health. Unhealthy sleeping behaviour can deprive you of energy, cause health problems, affect your mood, and many, many other things. So, having six to eight hours of sleep every night is crucial if you want to have the energy for the upcoming day.

But not only that. You need to create and stick to a sleep schedule. Waking up early is one of the traits that many healthy men possess. That means that you need to go to bed at least by midnight. Another common thing that you will find among healthy people is that they don’t watch TV before bed or play with their phones. Instead, they read books.

Proper hydration

Finally, every healthy man is properly hydrated. Hydration is something that most of us do on autopilot. However, the majority of the people are not taking in as much fluids as they should be during the day. And no, drinking juice is not a good way of hydrating. Instead, stick to water. Tea is a good option as well, but you need to drink it in moderation, as some teas contain caffeine in them.

And that is all for today. As you can see, being a healthy male is so much more than just lifting weights. Your mind and body have different needs, and if you want to truly feel and be healthy, you need to address them all.

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