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Man Cave Gifts for Father’s Day

Man Cave Gifts for Father’s Day

No matter how long you’ve known that special father figure in your life, it can still be tough to find that perfect gift. Chances are that the obvious tie, socks, and t-shirt have been given numerous times, but this year can be different.

Many fathers seem to have that one place they go to for some quiet, peace, and alone time — sort of like their own man cave. Whether it’s the basement, the office, or the yard, these gifts will show him that he deserves that space, and most of all, that he deserves to enjoy it.

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Antique Pool Balls

For dads who love a game of pool or a good sports competition, this set of antique pool balls will add a decorative but masculine flair to any area. Choosing a gift that reflects his personality shows just how much you truly care and pay attention to his interests.

Engraved Desk Paperweight

If dad’s getaway is his office space, then an engraved desk paperweight will bring a smile to his face. Not only is this gift useful, it’s personal. While the globe symbolizes he means the world to you, the engraving is what makes the entire gift. Every time the paperweight is put to use, he’ll read the message and think of you. For the days he wishes he were home, he can take it with him to his work office.

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Personalized Wall Bottle Opener

Whether his space is indoors or outdoors, this personalized wall bottle opener can be mounted on almost any hard surface. Personalize it with his initials or a favorite logo to make it his own. Next time he goes to open his favorite drink, he’ll be accompanied by this memory.

Dart Board

A dad who enjoys taking part in activities and hanging out with friends will appreciate a dart board. Plus, what’s a man cave without some kind of entertainment? For a dad who is just looking to have fun, a simple dart board will do, but for those interested in the latest and most innovative pieces, there are high-tech options with electronic features.

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Heated Massage Pad

After a long day at work, a heated massage pad can be the stress reliever he needs. Compatible with any chair, sofa, or bed, this gift will give dad the relaxation he deserves. The built-in speakers are an added bonus that allow him to listen to his favorite music or book from his mobile devices while winding down.

Popcorn Maker

Going with the theme of items he can enjoy for years to come, a popcorn maker is just that. Whether he’s getting things done in the home office or enjoying his alone time in another area of the house, he’ll eventually need a snack. Not only is it a creative choice, it’s simple to use and there’s limited mess. Just add the kernels. An item like this can even make for a great bundle gift by making it into a movie-themed gift. Include his favorite movie or tickets to the nearest cinema and an assortment of candies. Keep in mind that he may just end up sharing it with the rest of the family!

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Every individual in your life is unique, so when it’s time to celebrate one of them, give them a gift that truly fits them. While showing appreciation for those devoted father figures in your life should occur often, Father’s Day only comes around once a year. Take this opportunity to create a memory that he won’t forget. There’s nothing better than a gift that’s useful, personal, and enjoyable all at the same time. Happy Father’s Day to all!

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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