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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 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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