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More Than a Massage: 5 Unbeatable Reasons To Visit a Spa Today

More Than a Massage: 5 Unbeatable Reasons To Visit a Spa Today

In our fast-paced lifestyles, looking busy has become the norm.

You’re applauded if you lack sleep. Working overtime means you’re committed to your job. And not taking holidays is seen as being productive. You come home tired and chores are waiting for you. Before you go to sleep there are emails to be answered. On the first crack of dawn, you’re rushing out the door to avoid traffic during commute. It’s not surprising that many of us look AND feel exhausted all the time. Keep it up and you’re bound to find yourself asleep on your desk, or losing that important client deal.

Playing multiple roles everyday can take its toll – even on the strongest amongst us.

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In times of economic crisis, investing in rest and relaxation (R&R) can feel ridiculous. This is especially true if you’re on a tight budget. But think about it: in whatever industry you work in, wouldn’t it be nice to look AND feel your best? Not only is this a great confidence booster; but being at your best also means that you get to take care of your loved ones better because you’re not tired all the time.

Here’s where a spa visit comes in. You may argue that it’s costly or just a form of luxury. But in recent years, the spa industry has grown – along with its number of male patrons. According to the International Spa Association (ISPA), the number of male spa-goers went up from 31 percent to 47 percent. This means ANYONE can finally get a much-needed R&R, thanks to modern customized treatments and other conveniences.

Here are five unbeatable reasons to drop by your local spa sometime soon:

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1. Most spa treatments are good for your health

Spas nowadays offer a wide range of services that include massages, facial treatments, grooming, and body therapies, to name a few. For beginners, a good ol’ massage is a nice starting point. Experts recommend a hot stone massage to encourage blood flow in the body, relieving body pain and promoting deep relaxation.

A foot massage is also a good idea, especially for men who are hard on their feet. This type of massage helps prevent foot and ankle injuries, reduces headaches, and lowers blood pressure. Mineral baths on the other hand, have purported benefits for those suffering from low back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, fibromyalgia, and osteoarthritis, according to family doctor Kim Foster. Even something as simple as aromatherapy has been reported to improve depression and insomnia.

2. It’s great for grooming

There’s no shame in wanting to look your best. After all, there’s nothing like a clean, well-groomed face to catch a good date, land that coveted promotion, or strike a business deal. Spas have all kinds of facials to keep you looking fresh. From simple exfoliation to targeted laser treatment to take care of acne scars and blemishes, men and women will step out of the spa with a renewed kind of confidence.

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3. De-stress after work and play

Millennials make up the largest population in the workforce today. With about 53 million millennials trying to balance work and life, it’s no wonder this generation is usually stretched to their limits. So what do you do on days when everything just feels like they’re against you? Relax. Treat yourself to the serenity and pampering of a local spa near you.

Korean spas for example, have been on the rise in recent years thanks to their unique services. Unlike other establishments, these places offer super quiet atmospheres, deluxe amenities (gold-covered saunas, movie theatres, etc.), and amazing food. In fact, Koreans are known to visit spas frequently due to their overworked lifestyles. It’s not just singles and workers who are patrons: families, friends, and couples come not only to relax, but also to retain their beauty.

4. Great for dates

Let’s face it: it can sometimes feel daunting to come up with marvelous date ideas to wow your significant other. Watching movies is cute, until you can’t decide on a good film. Picnics usually take plenty of prep work and a good venue, while candlelight dinners seem overrated.

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But if there’s one thing couples can agree on, it’s that both won’t say no to a day of pampering. Imagine a sauna for two, or full body massages with sumptuous dinner and lots of candles. Although you and your partner won’t be saying much during your spa visit, both of you will definitely come out feeling better than ever. What better way to say ‘I love you’ than spoiling them?

5. Spas can help you lose weight

Aside from spa amenities that encourage activity (table tennis areas, swimming pools, etc.), there are also spa treatments that can push you in the right lifestyle direction. Want to shave off a few inches in a certain area? Techniques like cool sculpting can remove love handles or stomach rolls by freezing fat cells. Accompanied with regular exercise and a healthy diet, it’s possible to keep your new shape.

As more and more people realize how important self-care is, spas are becoming one of the go-to destinations for health and relaxation. Don’t be put off by gossip or media. Educate yourself about what local spas have to offer for you. Maintain an open mind and you might just find an experience unlike any other.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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