Every single man out there arrives at a point when he feels he’s in dire need of a change. When this happens, and it does happen to every man at one stage of life, embrace that nagging feeling and take steps towards self-improvement. Some of these changes are monumental and others, while they may seem trivial, will greatly contribute to your quality of life, not to mention that they will certainly make you a better man. In order to help you to make it happen, we’ve created the ultimate 10 point list of things you can change about yourself and feel like a brand new person. The need for change is deeply rooted in human nature and that there’s always room for improvement, so let’s begin as soon as today.
If you have spent your entire life up to now thinking that skincare is a woman’s game, you’ve been in the wrong all these years. It’s simple as day – if you have skin, it needs to be taken care of. Take a long hard look in the mirror and see which areas of your face could use a little sprucing up. Do some research and find out what your skin type is so you can find proper skin care products, such as cleanser, moisturizer, and a mask for some deep cleansing every now and then. There is always an amazing skin care guide you can find on the web; you’d be surprised how many men are dedicated to grooming, so make sure to explore this world of great tips and implement them into your everyday routine. Not only will you feel better, but you’ll look far more attractive.
Keep it clean
There is absolutely nothing more appealing to women than a man with an impeccable sense of personal hygiene. A clean and neat man is an attractive man, period. So, if you haven’t been paying regular visits to your dentist’s office, it’s time to make an appointment for a checkup. Always make sure your clothes are fresh, clean and ironed. Find a signature scent and make sure you always smell irresistible. Nobody likes a slob, so it’s time to clean your act up.
Speaking of clean
Personal hygiene isn’t the only kind of cleanliness you should be concerned with. The cleanliness of your living space is just as important. Not only will a tidy and clean space make you feel better in your own skin, and even more productive, but it will also do wonders for your love and social life as you will be able to bring people over and be a great host who’s proud of his home.
Get moving, now!
Not happy with the shape of your body – do something about it because the situation certainly won’t fix itself while you’re lying on the couch. There are amazing and effective fitness tips for men you can look into if you’re an exercise neophyte, so there’s no room for delay. Now, it’s highly important to note that physical activity won’t only help you get in shape, but it will literally change your life for the better. Regular exercise boosts your immunity, improves your mood, prevents serious health problems, promotes better sleep and even increases your sex-drive. You have to admit, that’s a whole lot of perks.
Follow the rule of thumb
The general rule of thumb is 30% exercise, 70% nutrition. Exercise alone just won’t cut it, so if you truly want to feel good in your own skin, you will make a solid effort to eat healthier. There is no excuse as there are virtually hundreds of recipes for healthy meals you can whip up in 15 minutes, so buckle up and get cooking.
Partner, upgrade yourself
Believe it or not, but a great outfit is far more than the sum of its parts. There is a phenomenon called clothing or embodied cognition, which is a genuine scientific field that researches how the clothes we wear impact now only how others perceive us, but can have a major effect on how we perceive ourselves. That’s why it’s essential to make some changes in your wardrobe and start feeling and exuding confidence. One of the finest garments for the job are minimal well-tailored ones, and suits, by all means. A great suit won’t only make you appear professional and confident, but if the research is right, you will experience an internal shift and begin to view yourself in a better more professional light as well. As for casual attire, complete it with sleek and minimal accessories like men’s bracelets or a great watch. This may seem trivial, but this little detail speaks volumes of how well groomed and detail oriented you are.
Kill ‘em with kindness
Random acts of kindness that cost you nothing but mean the world to someone else have a great power at making you feel like a better man. Help someone elderly on the street, smile at a stranger; let someone cut in line in front of you. Most importantly, return calls, especially if they come from your parents and close ones. You can’t be a good man before you’re a great son and friend.
Eco-friendly is the new black
Our planet is suffering, so it’s time to buckle up and do something to help it regain its strength. Recycle, don’t litter and try to minimize the usage of your car. Instead, try walking. If your destination is too far, get a bicycle or that blue self balancing scooter – these means of transportation aren’t only small steps at combating air pollution, they also make for fun and energizing ways of getting places. When you feel like a part of the positive change, your increased sense of self-worth will come as a reward of your great actions.
Don’t skimp on sleep
Not only is 8 hours of quality snooze time essential to your productivity, energy levels and mood, but it’s also vital for the upkeep and management of your physical health. Quality sleep helps keep heart disease at bay, not to mention that it helps prevent high-blood pressure, obesity and the chance of stroke. Sleep is not a matter that should be taken lightly as the lack of it can be detrimental to your brain function and overall well-being in both the short and long run.
Matters of the mind
If there is anything weighing you down, it’s paramount you seek help and talk about your issues. There is a stigma when it comes to matters of mental health and opening up about your issues, and that stigma surround men more than women. You have to realize that there’s no shame in working on your mental health, so shatter the stigma and put your health first.
Peter is a guest blog writer for ManCave UAE and is men's health and grooming writer at The Beard Mag from UK. Beside writing he worked as a men's grooming consultant for many fashion events.
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