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 Truly Unwind While Traveling

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MASSAGE AND HOLIDAY

It is not very rare that we don’t have the time of our lives for a specific holiday. This happens due to a variety of different reasons - some are connected to the weather, others are connected simply to poor luck. We don’t enjoy some holidays because we are extremely tired, or perhaps because we haven’t really researched the area we are traveling to. But how to make the best out of every single trip? What are the most important things that you should have in mind?

Get a massage

This is something that starts before your actual trip. Opting for a massage one day before you embark on your journey (or perhaps even that very day) is very much recommended. Not only will you make those muscles relax, but you will also leave your country/city in a better mood. Now, since your flight might be daunting, stressful, and even long, you might also opt for a massage after your trip. This can be played in two ways - if you have some extra time in-between flights, you can schedule a short massage session, but since this in most cases is not very user-friendly as you don’t want to leave the airport (unless there is one there), you should opt for one when you reach your destination. Make sure that you don’t have to leave the hotel for getting a massage. You can have a mobile massage Melbourne where the masseur will come to you, and in most cases this is a better option than taking the masseuse at the hotel as you want a professional who’s devoted to massages only. This will also make your muscles relax and reboot, which is exactly what you need after a long flight, or even more important - after a long ride.

Have a backup in case of weather

The weather can always surprise us, and more often than not, we end up under a balcony waiting for the rain to stop or we spend our day in the hotel because we don’t know what to do. The fact that you cannot go sightseeing because of the rain, for example, shouldn’t stop you from experiencing the city. What you need to do is dress, go to A1 Canteen restaurant, have a great dish and drink, and use their internet to see what other things you might do. There are great closed venues in every single city and you will definitely be able to find something that you might want to see and experience. Museums are great in this case, so have that in mind.

Don’t think too much

How to properly unwind while on a holiday? Never think too much. The most important thing that you can do is indulge in the activities that you want to indulge in at that very specific moment. Thinking about whether you are supposed to do that or not, whether you should save your money to something else, when to go here and when to go there might only make more problems and result in a headache. Do not forget that this is your holiday, so live every day like it’s your last. This might sound like a cliche sentence, but it’s definitely true when we’re discussing holidays.

Carpe diem

And finally, don’t forget to seize every single day. If this means getting up early in order to visit something new and see something unique and exotic, so be it. You don’t have to sleep until late in the morning when you’re on holiday, you can do that when you get back home. Use every single second of this trip to enjoy, see and experience new things.

There is nothing worse than planning and going on a holiday that you don’t actually enjoy. And this is not anyone else’s fault but yours, because you haven’t been well-prepared. Remember that nothing can ruin your holiday if you are positive and have back up plans. So, think carefully, and have a great trip!

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