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8 Tips To Select Men’s Underwear With Comfort and Style

8 Tips To Select Men’s Underwear With Comfort and Style

Certainly, buying underwear for men is a simple matter, if you can answer one question: briefs or boxers? There are simply hundreds of styles of men’s underwear and each has its own specific design, attribute, and fabric.

Knowing what’s right for your comfort and style seems like a daunting task. This article will discuss some helpful tips to buying men’s underwear.

1. Briefs

Most men love to wear briefs for a number of reasons. They are standard, go-to underwear available in a range of designs, colors, and rises. Briefs are comfortable to wear under just about anything as it completely covers your package and back while leaving your side of the leg and the upper thigh exposed.

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If you want to keep everything in place and need support, then briefs are an ideal option. These are great for everyday dressing and moderate sports, and you don’t worry about the excess fabric found in boxers, boxer briefs, and trunks.

2. Low-Rise Brief

When it comes to the low-rise briefs, they sit on the hips (below the natural waistline), while providing enough fabric to cover you up. Some low-rise brief designs will enhance the package.

3. Mid-Rise Brief

When it comes to the mid-rise briefs, they sit on the natural waistline. They are perfect to wear with dress pants, regular cut jeans, and board shorts.

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4. High-Rise Brief

When it comes to the high-rise briefs, they’ll provide a more traditional fit and sit perfectly below the belly button. You can wear them with high-rise pants. It will streamline your waist, smooth out your stomach and reduce the appearance of love handles.

5. Boxer Briefs

When it comes to the boxer briefs, they’ll beautifully cover about half of your thighs. There are some boxers that only cover about a third. They are perfect to wear during sports and workouts and provides you protection from chaffing. Like standard briefs, they will give you great support and complete coverage. You can wear them for everyday use or for the workouts. Just pair boxer briefs with coarse fabric pants such as winter wool or selvedge denim and gym shorts.

6. Boxers

When it comes to the boxers, they’re loose-fitted underwear with little or no support. However, they allow more breathability when compared to any other undergarments. A lot of boxers come with an open fly, enabling the wearer an exit route with the utmost of ease.

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Boxer styles vary in terms of design and slim-fit cuts. They’re perfect to wear on the daily basis or you can use them while playing sports.

7. Trunks

Nowadays, trunks are becoming a popular trend when it comes to the men’s underwear. It is basically a hybrid of a boxer and brief without the mounds of fabric. You can also say that these are boxer briefs with a square appearance and short legs. You can consider trunks if you like briefs with something different. Trunks are perfect for everyday use, whether you’re going out, dressed up for a business meeting or playing moderate sports. You can pair them up with just about anything.

8. Jockstrap

When it comes to the jockstraps, they offer complete package support and protection. They will actually lift the package upside and keep it away from the rest of the body, which results in a drier and cooler experience than standard briefs. You can pair them up with uniforms, high-intensity sports, bike shorts and tight pants.

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If you want maximum leg comfort, then go for the J.Crew jock straps as they give a more relaxed fit. You can wear them with pajamas,  loose pants, and shorts.

Hopefully, the above-mentioned tips to select underwear for men will give you an idea of what to expect when shopping and help narrow down your options.

Featured photo credit: ManCrush via mancrush.uk

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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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