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.

10 Men’s Grooming Mistakes You Shouldn’t Be Making

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Taking care about the way you dress is definitely an important part of showing who you are, especially in 2018. However, even though many spend a fortune on clothes and fashion in general, they forget to take care about their physical appearance, and that’s a big no-no. The way you care about your skin, hair or beard is definitely something that says a lot about you, so you can forget about your clothes if you don’t pay attention to your grooming. So, perhaps you’re making some of the most unforgivable grooming mistakes and not even know it, but worry not as we are here to help you. These are the top 10 grooming mistakes that you certainly shouldn’t be making:

1. Avoiding facial massages

One of the most common grooming mistakes men make is not getting facial massages as much as they need to. First of all, getting a regular massage is something that we take for granted, as we rarely remember to book one, not knowing that it can do wonders for both our body and mood. And if this is the case with regular massages, what about all the other spa treatments that we should be booking from time to time? A facial massage is definitely one of those, as it’s very important to get our facial muscles relaxed from time to time and give them a reboot they desperately need.

Have you experienced a slimy snail massage? It’s the latest beauty fad. While the facials are new, potions made from snail mucus are said to date back to ancient Greece, and in recent times, the French have turned this essence of escargot (a delicacy consisting of cooked land snails) into different creams and lotions.

2. Growing bushy eyebrows

The brow game has definitely been stronger in the last couple of years, with full, bushy eyebrows reigning. However, having bushy eyebrows is not the same as having bushy but well-maintained eyebrows, so make sure to have them checked by a beautician. Monobrows are also something that should be punishable by law, so try to get rid of them until it actually becomes illegal.

3. Not caring about your beard

Yes, beards are meant to be rugged, but this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have a product or two that you will use to make your beard even better. Shampooing and washing your beard is a must, just like using oil to make it shinier and softer. Don’t forget to pay attention to the neckline as well, as this is the thing that either makes or breaks your bearded charisma.

4. Getting rare haircuts

Another mistake many men make is connected to the frequency of getting a haircut. Everyone has a haircut, this really is true, but many choose to wait until their hair is overgrown or full before actually getting it trimmed and presentable. If you wait more than 3 weeks to get your haircut, you should definitely make new plans. If you’re balding, getting a haircut every two weeks is the best idea.

5. Not moisturizing before bed

A skincare routine is also extremely important, and you should know that it’s not only for girls. Your skin also grows older, and the older it gets, the less elastic it is, so you really need to use that moisturizer and a night cream if you want to keep the freshness in your face for as long as possible. During the night, the skin switches into recovery mood, so this is a great time to do whatever it takes to keep it young.

6. Pubic hair

This is not something that caters to everyone’s taste, but it’s a fact that some men tend to care so much about grooming the upper part of the body and not take care of their intimate parts. Even though there are some men (and women as well) who prefer a full bush downstairs, it really is important to keep it trimmed and neat, regardless of the amount of pubic hair. So, guys, take a peek downstairs and see if there’s any work to be done there.

7. Being embarrassed by your greys

According to many people interested in men, greys in one’s hair are definitely something that gives that “more matureand sexier feel. So, gentlemen, if you have greys in your hair, it’s time you learned how to appreciate and embrace them.

8. Overdoing it

Grooming can sometimes be a double-edged sword, as it’s not a good idea to overdo it. For example, getting your teeth professionally whitened might not look as great as you think it does. It’s rarely subtle and you can have nice teeth if you regularly brush and floss them. Over-using hair products is also something that you should stay away from. If you have a neat haircut, you don’t need a lot of products.

9. Believing grooming’s only for girls

Come on, we live in the 21st century where guys opt for microbladed eyebrows, so you really have no place thinking that grooming is a girly thing and that you shouldn’t pay attention to the way you look. This doesn’t mean that you should get yourself clay masks and sit on the couch with cucumber wheels on your eyes, but using a moisturizer, getting regular haircuts and using beard products is definitely something you might want to incorporate into your routine.

10. Not visiting your dentist regularly

Do we really need to tell you about this?

So, no – grooming’s not for girls only. Another important thing is that if you care about grooming, you should also care about doing it the right way!

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