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.

5 Tips to Relax Your Body No Matter Where You Are

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Physical Health

We are always associating stress with our mental health, failing to realize that it can take its toll on our physical health as well. How many times have you felt stiff, experienced back pain or a sore jaw? Probably more than you wanted, and everything is simply the result or being stressed out. And you cannot be blamed – life today can be so difficult at times that stress is the only thing we have left. However, it’s very important to try and do whatever we can to alleviate the stress and relax our muscles and our bodies. But how to do that? It’s easier said than done, right? Take a look at some of the easiest ways how to relax your body, regardless of where you are at that precise moment:

Nothing like a good massage

Yes. There’s definitely nothing like a good massage, and if you have the possibility of booking one, make sure you do that immediately. The good thing is that you can nowadays find so many good masseurs who also offer mobile massages, so you don’t have to go to them – they can come to you. It’s very important to know who your masseur is, as you definitely want someone who knows what they’re doing. Opt for a relaxation or deep tissue massage, as these are the ones that will help you relax in the best possible way.

Comfort before anything else

Next up, you should pay attention to what you’re wearing. No, we’re not going to lecture you about the trends and must-have of the season, but on the fact that you should always wear whatever’s comfortable for you. Discomfort can also be a great trigger for stress, so you can minimize it by wearing pieces of clothing that make you feel comfortable. If you have to dress up for your office, make sure that you wear shoes that are comfortable and a suit (or a shirt and pants) that both look good on you and are comfy. If you can rock athleisure in your office, you can always opt for men’s Adidas clothing and shoes as they are both extremely fashionable and comfortable. Most importantly, you can combine them with a suit without any problem – it’s the latest fashion y’all! Don’t forget to wear comfortable underwear, though. This is something that many take for granted, but it turns out that wearing the wrong underwear can definitely break our day.

Be mindful

It is said that, in order to relax your body, you need to relax your mind. Believe it or not, it’s worth trying, right? The best way to do this is with mindfulness meditation – a practice that has been scientifically proven to decrease anxiety and stress levels, and also increase the grey matter in the brain. Just allocate 15-20 minutes every day to meditate just a bit, and you will feel much more centered in the morning and throughout the following day.

The thing with shoulders

The stress that you carry can certainly take its toll on your body. But what body part will suffer the most? Definitely your shoulders and your neck, and this can result in stiffness and in pain. What you need to do to prevent this from happening, is simply drop your shoulders, and stop the unnecessary tension from building up there. Drop your shoulders and take a deep breath. You will see the difference in no time, and just imagine how it will feel if you did this throughout the day. Be conscious of the posture of your shoulders and grow a habit out of it. What you can also do is practice the occasional shoulder and neck stretch, as it wouldn’t hurt at all.

The thing with feet

The top of your body (basically your shoulders and your neck) can be full of stress, but as much as this body part is important, so is the lowest point of your body – the foot. Relaxing your feet can definitely help you a lot with relaxing your entire body. Every part of your body is connected by nerves to your feet, so you can effectively relax your entire body if you opt for a foot massage or stretching your toes out.

As you can see, it’s not that difficult to help your body relax from time to time. Not only will you be doing your mental self a favour, but you will see the benefits it has on your physical health as well. Try them out and you will see. We will be expecting your thank you cards.

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