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Proven Benefits Of Having A Beard All Men Need To Know About

Proven Benefits Of Having A Beard All Men Need To Know About

When your partner decides to grow a beard you are definitely not impressed, as you will have to put up with kissing his hedgehog face for some time. While a beard is not exactly good for a girlfriend’s health, men do benefit from growing their hipster beards.

On top of these benefits, beards can really make guys stand out from the crowd. The hair growing rate depends on the season, as it’s linked to the hormone levels, which vary over the year. Another strange fact is there are men who have genuine red beards, without having red hair. This is due to a special gene behavior: if you inherit both genes, you will have red hair, if you only inherit one gene, you will have ginger hair on random places on the body, but not on your head.

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These are some of the cool facts regarding beards, which continue to be a sign of masculinity. But men who adopt this style also benefit from other goodies.

No more shaving rash

The most obvious benefit of growing a beard is not having to deal with shaving issues. More and more men have to deal with skin conditions related to shaving ranging from a barber’s rash to acne or folliculitis. When you think of what shaving is, there is no wonder. After all, you’ve been running a blade over your skin daily! Cuts are also dangerous issues, as they can easily become infected. Bottom of all, no shaving is going to provide you with healthier skin.

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Free sun protection

A study conducted in Australia proved that a beard can block up to 95% of UV rays. This is valid for men who own a thick beard. If you decide to shave that beard, you will look like half tanned and half white, so men from hot countries should think really deep if they want to grow a beard during the hottest months. Men who are prone to developing rashes from sun exposure or those who fear skin cancer should start growing their beards and benefit from free protection.

Another cool fact is that beards protect men from bug bites, so if you think of visiting a hot country you should consider growing your own bug protection.

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They prevent the aging of the skin

Having a beard allows your face to stay moisturized, as the sebaceous glands are doing their job. Because your face is protected from the damaging UV rays and wind, it will stay hydrated thanks to the natural skin oils. Because the skin is being naturally protected and moisturized, the appearance of aging signs, such as wrinkles and spots will be postponed. In other words, a beard can slow the aging process.

Beards strengthen the immune system

A beard provides warmth, which is a good thing during a snow fight or when you have to resist low temperatures. On top of this, science says beards actually lower your risk of developing a cold by keeping your neck warm, which helps your body increase its temperature. Birmigham Thichology Center’s hair specialist Carol Walker says the beard acts as a barrier against the cold temperature, trapping the hot air in your neck area.

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No more allergies

If you’ve ever seen a flower in a beard pic you’ve probably taught the poor guy is going to have a really bad day due to allergies. Well, in fact, beards seem to prevent allergies. According to science, beards trap small amounts of pollen and dust, as well as other allergens. By walking around with these allergens on your face daily, you are actually strengthening your immune system, reducing the allergic response. Of course, you do have to clean your beard twice a day, to prevent the build-up of allergens.

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Last Updated on July 23, 2019

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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  • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
  • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
  • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
  • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
  • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
  • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

1. Realize You’re Not Alone

Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

2. Find What Inspires You

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Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

3. Give Yourself a Break

When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

4. Shake up Your Routines

Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

5. Start with a Small Step

Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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