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Holiday weight gain is real. It’s not just Americans who gain weight during the holiday season, but people from all over the world. In fact, the average weight gain during this four-week holiday period is two pounds. Although it is actually smaller than what most people think, you shouldn’t whip out your noisemakers just yet. Why? It’s because most people tend to have a hard time losing those pounds after the holidays. If you are one of them, you may be in need of some weight loss tips.

Losing weight is no walk in the park. According to studies, it usually takes most people about 5 months to lose what they have gained over the holidays. The weight gain may not be significant, but it doesn’t come off quickly. Two pounds may not seem like much, but since the majority of the American adult population is already overweight or obese, this increases their risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

If you are guilty of indulging in rich, fatty foods and sugary treats during the holidays, you may be toting a few extra pounds that need shedding. By following these weight loss tips, you can welcome the year with a slimmer, healthier version of you.

Set realistic goals

Set realistic goals

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There is no magic potion that allows you to lose weight in an instant. Try to make the necessary changes in your diet and lifestyle, but don’t overhaul your diet overnight. If you do, you’ll end up going back to your old habits after a week or two.

If you are serious about losing weight, then try to make weekly resolutions. But make sure that you set realistic goals. Otherwise, you’ll just end up feeling disappointed. Losing about 1 to 2 pounds a week is doable. But in order to achieve your goal, you need to eliminate about 500 calories daily through diet and exercise. If you think you can do that, then good for you. If not, don’t push yourself too hard. Losing weight takes patience and dedication. With proper planning and discipline, you’ll definitely achieve your goals.

Eat healthy

Eat healthy

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There are lots of diet trends that claim to help you shed some pounds fast. Although some of them work, they are only suitable for short-term weight management. After that, you’ll be reverting back to your old habits, and you’ll gain those pounds you’ve worked so hard to get rid of. Instead of relying on some diet trends, try sticking to a healthy, nutritious diet. Fill your plate with fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains.

Nuts, tuna, beans, legumes, boiled potatoes, cruciferous vegetables, salmon, and eggs are just some of the foods that are weight-loss friendly. Try to incorporate these foods into your daily diet, and they’ll help you turn your weight loss dream into reality. Small changes in your diet can make a big difference.

Get moving

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The combination of diet and exercise is the perfect recipe for weight loss. For those who are serious about burning some calories, this is one of the best weight loss tips we can give you.

Exercise provides several benefits. Not only will it help you burn fat and stay fit, it can also help prevent the development of diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer. In order to enjoy all these benefits, you need to commit to regular exercise.

Exercising doesn’t necessarily mean spending time in the gym. Walking, running, dancing, swimming, and cycling are great forms of exercise. Choose one that you enjoy doing the most. There is no point in getting a gym membership if you find running on a treadmill boring. In order to get the maximum benefits, you need to make sure that you enjoy what you’re doing. Otherwise, you may find yourself dragging yourself to the gym and wasting your money in the end. Having an exercise buddy is also a great idea. Not only does it make exercising more fun, you’ll also feel more motivated to stick to your routine.

Drink water

Drink water

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Most people have a hard time distinguishing thirst from hunger. More often than not, people mistake thirst for hunger. This usually happens if you don’t drink enough water.

Dehydration causes your body to receive mixed signals on hunger. It causes you to believe that you’re hungry, when in fact, you’re just thirsty. Over time, this can lead to weight gain. To prevent this from happening, make sure that you’re drinking enough fluids throughout the day.

If you think you’re hungry, resist the urge to grab some snacks. Get a glass of water instead, and then wait for about 5 minutes. If you still feel your stomach rumbling after 5 minutes, then you’re probably hungry. At this point, your body is telling you that it needs food. Try eating something healthy that will give you some sense of fullness.

Get rid of temptations

Get rid of temptations

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Most people would grab a bag of chips and a can of soda when they feel hungry. Often, this is also the snack of choice when binge-watching their favorite TV series during the weekends. This is one of the biggest reasons why most folks gain weight.

If your pantry is filled with junk foods and carbonated drinks, now would be the best time to get rid of them. So the next time you feel the urge to munch on something, you won’t be tempted to grab a bag of chips. Rather, munch on something healthier like cucumber sticks, asparagus fries or kale chips. Not only are they healthy, they won’t make you fat either.

Don’t eat after dinner

Don’t eat after dinner

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Late-night snacking can be a source of hundreds of excess calories, which can cause you to gain additional pounds. This is especially true if you are someone who eats mindlessly out of a pretzel bag or enjoys spooning ice cream from the container.

Often, people eat midnight snacks because they’re hungry, bored or because it’s been a habit. To curb your night time snacking, we recommend that you eat a satisfying dinner. This is actually one of the biggest mistakes committed by those who are trying to lose weight. Sure, you’re not supposed to eat a lot at dinner time, but make sure that it’s filling enough that it would last you until bedtime.

There are also times when we mistake hunger for tiredness. Lack of sleep may cause you to eat more. If you find yourself craving for some snacks even after you ate a fulfilling dinner, this may be your body’s way of telling you that it needs some rest. You’re not hungry, you’re just tired.

There is nothing more unflattering and uncomfortable than wearing clothes that don’t fit your body perfectly. Often, men assume that dressing for their body type is only for women. But the truth is your body shape and type is the most important thing to consider when choosing your outfit.

Most men fall into one of the 5 body shapes – oval, triangle, inverted triangle, rectangle, and trapezoid. Determining your body type will help you find clothing that works well with you and dress in a way that best suits your physique. Plus, it helps you determine which pieces of clothing you need to stay away from.

Whether you’re rocking the “dad bod” or you’ve got the perfect body shape, learning how to dress for your body type isn’t as tricky as most people think. This blog post is going to teach you how to dress for your body type. Use this as a guide to determine which type of clothes would flatter you.

Oval

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If you have an oval body type, it means the majority of your mass is concentrated at the center of your body. You’re obviously someone who enjoys eating sweets or drinking alcohol. Sometimes, men with oval body have thinner legs, which create a disproportionate shape. Your goal is to create the illusion of height and choose pieces that elongate your form.

Shirts

For broad men, the key to dressing well is to find a shirt that fits you perfectly. Avoid wearing shirts that are too small or too big for you as it may add even more bulk.

Stick with simple clothing. Clothes in dark, solid colors are your best bet. The goal is to get people’s attention off of your body and focused on your face. As such, we suggest that you avoid shirts or polo with bold patterns as they can draw attention to your midsection. Tight fitting tops are also a bad choice. Shirts with vertical stripes or pinstripes are ideal for you since they can lengthen your torso.

Pants

Pants should always be worn at the natural waist. Also, wear pants that are comfortably loose. While it is okay to wear a belt, make sure that it is not too tight. This may cause the pants to wrinkle or pinch. It may also cause the bottom of your tummy to be squeezed upward and sag down in front of the belt.

Triangle

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Men with triangular body type have wider hips and waist than their chest and shoulders. The emphasis is towards the belly area. To dress better, the idea is to draw the attention towards your shoulders and away from your waist.

Shirts and tops

Button-down and single-breasted styles will help streamline your torso and emphasize your shoulders. Also, opt for structured tailored jackets and blazers. They will make your midsection look slimmer. Avoid narrow crew-necks and polo necks because they decrease shoulder width.

While shirts with horizontal stripes can do a great job of making you look thinner, it doesn’t work well on men with a triangle body type. This is because it can draw attention to the stomach area. Any kind of outerwear with details will also put focus on your stomach. As such, we suggest that you steer clear of it. Rather, wear clothing in dark colors and simple patterns.

Pants

Choose pants with a slight flare. This will bring balance to the bottom half of your body. Avoid wearing skinny jeans as it will emphasize your waist and midsection.

Inverted Triangle

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Men with an inverted triangle body shape usually have broad shoulders, muscular arms and a narrow, defined waist. Most athletes fall under this category.  You’re obviously someone who likes training your chest, back, and shoulders. Most people tend to confuse inverted triangle with that of trapezoid body type, but this has more extreme proportions.

With this type of body, you may find it easier to dress up as compared to others. But in order to look your best, you need to focus on balancing proportions.

Shirts and tops

Most men with slimmer figure don’t have trouble finding a shirt that fits them perfectly. However, broader men tend to have more problems finding one that could accommodate their brawnier arms, chest and upper body. Our advice? Get shirts that are labelled as “slim fit” and opt for one that is one size larger than the one you would normally buy.

V-neck shirts are also a great choice for men with broad chest and shoulders. It creates a natural visual line that draws eyes to your trim waistline and narrows your chest.

Pants

Since you have a nice body, you probably like wearing tight clothing. However, wearing skinny jeans will only make your upper body appear even wider. The goal is to balance out your proportions, so we suggest that you try straight or more relaxed trousers.

Rectangle

 

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Men with a thin and tall frame fall under rectangle body shapes. Typically, their shoulders have the same width as their hips and waist.  Since their upper body is thin and long, the goal is to expand the dimension of their otherwise slim frame.

Shirts and tops

Wear tops with pops of brighter color or horizontal stripes to widen the shoulders a bit and create an illusion of structure. You may also want to opt for a layered look to add instant bulk to your body frame. Try wearing a vest or a cardigan over a crisp white t-shirt to add width to your slim frame.

Pants

With a square body type, the idea is to choose pieces of clothing that will prevent you from looking too thin. In this case, we recommend that you choose straight-legged or relaxed fit pants.

Trapezoid

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If you have a muscular body with broad shoulders, slim waist and lean legs, then you have a trapezoid body type. You won’t have a hard time finding clothing that would flatter your body. After all, you already have a nice body.

Shirts and tops

Since there is a natural visual balance between your upper body and your waist, you have the freedom to wear prints. You can wear horizontal or vertical strips without messing up your visual proportions too much. What’s great about having this body type is that you can wear something slightly skinny or slightly oversized.

Pants

Since your legs are not super slim, you have the option to wear slimmer fit pants or straight legs. Just be sure to avoid the extremes like tight-fitting or baggy pants.

A decade ago, people had to visit physical stores if they wanted to buy something. Today, however, you can buy everything in the comfort of your home. Thanks to sites like Amazon and other marketplaces, shopping has become easier and more convenient. Some people even buy men’s clothing online, and the numbers are increasing every year.

Recent survey shows that 96% of Americans are going to the web for most of their purchases. The majority of them prefer shopping online because they want to avoid the crowds. Plus, it doesn’t take up too much of their time. While brick and mortar stores are still relevant today, it is clear that Americans prefer the convenience offered by online shopping.

Buying clothes is one of the biggest challenges of online shopping. Nothing is more frustrating than paying for a pair of pants or shirt and waiting for it to be delivered to your home, only to find out that it doesn’t fit you.

To simplify the process, we’ve put together some tips for buying clothes online. Follow these tips to make the most out of your online shopping experience. These shopping tips will ensure that you’re satisfied with your purchases and eliminate the need to send everything back.

Take your measurements

 

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Shopping online does have its benefits, but it also has some drawbacks too. Not having the chance to try out clothes before paying for them is one of them. As a result, a lot of people receive clothes that don’t fit them. In fact, this is the top reason why people hesitate to buy apparel online. They want to avoid the hassle of having to return a shirt or a pair of pants that doesn’t fit, so they opt to visit local stores instead.

To prevent disappointment and the hassle, make sure that you take your measurements. This is one of the first things you should do when buying men’s clothing online. You can’t just rely on the sizes, since they vary from brand to brand. One store’s size 8 can be another store’s size 6.

If you are planning to buy a shirt, you’ll need to take measurements like length, sleeves, chest and shoulders. When buying pants, some people assume that they only need the measurement of their waist. But in order to get the best fit possible, you also need measurements such as length, hips, thighs, and rise. These are pretty handy information to have when buying clothes online.

By comparing your actual measurements to the size charts, you can easily tell if the shirt is too long for you or if the pants will be a little snug on the thighs. If you have some questions about the sizing, feel free to send a message to the seller. Do not hesitate to ask questions.

Read the product information

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Most clothes are categorized by sizes – small, medium, large, XL. Keep in mind, though, that sizes vary greatly from brand to brand. As such, we recommend that you always refer to the size charts. All online stores have their own version of a sizing chart. Here, the dimensions for each size are usually listed in inches or centimetres. This will make it easier for you to choose the right size.

Read the product information carefully. Some sellers include detailed information with sizing information, dimensions, garment, color, patterns etc. Check the details thoroughly. Also, pay special attention to the details regarding the fabric because the fabric will dictate whether an article of clothing will look cheap. It may look nice on picture, but if the fabric isn’t of good quality, the shirt will look cheap. You can gauge whether or not you will like the shirt based on the information given.

Read customer reviews

 

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From convenience to finding great deals and avoiding crowds, there is every reason in the world to buy men’s clothing online. Despite these benefits, some people still shy away from shopping online. Many of them still prefer to visit physical stores because they are afraid of getting scammed or receiving poor quality items.

It is easy to be persuaded to buy a shirt or a pair of pants if it is on sale. But there are times when the product photos don’t look the same as the actual product. To avoid disappointment, try to read feedbacks and comments before placing an order. See what their previous customers have to say. From the feedbacks, you can tell if the products are of good quality. You can also assess whether they had a terrible or wonderful buying experience. High ratings and good feedbacks are also an assurance that you are dealing with a legit seller.

Buy from trusted sellers

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To make sure that you’re buying from a trusted seller, we recommend starting your search with trusted sites. If you have been shopping online for a while, chances are you have bought from a few sellers. Ask yourself, how was your experience with them? What can you say about their products?

The next time you plan to go on a shopping spree, try to come up with a list of sellers you have bought from in the past. Also, what size shirt or pants did you get? Buying from sellers you have already dealt with before eliminates the fear of getting scammed or receiving shoddy items.  If you are familiar with the website, it is less likely to be a rip off.

Fill your shopping cart

Shopping cart

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There are thousands and thousands of products online. With so many options, you can easily fill your shopping cart in just a minute or two. Some sellers offer deals you can’t refuse, but try to resist the urge to buy the first jacket or sweatshirt you see. Try to do a little sleuthing before you click the “Buy Now” button.

One of the beauties of online shopping is that it gives you an opportunity to compare similar items. Try searching different sites to see all the available options. Shop around until you find the best deal.

A good mattress is important for your kids to have a good rest at night. Young children need beds that support their posture and bone strength. They should also allow deep sleep which is crucial for maintaining good health. A high-quality mattress can last for 10 years or more. Therefore, you should purchase one that will grow with your baby and accommodate his/her developing body. Here are qualities of the best mattress for kids.

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Support

Support is one of the crucial qualities that all mattresses should have irrespective of their brand or model. With proper support, the spine of your child will be properly aligned, and this positively affects the overall growth of the child. If your child is not well supported when sleeping at night, their growth can be inhibited, and this will negatively affect his/her overall health.

Quality materials

Kids tend to be susceptible to allergies. Therefore, parents should choose mattresses with caution to prevent triggering allergens which can cause additional health problems to your young ones. Choose organic mattress or those made from natural materials such as organic wool, cotton, silk, bamboo or natural latex. Synthetic mattresses are prone to bacteria, dust, and mites and may trigger respiratory problems, skin irritations, and other health concerns.

Correct size

Children are always growing, and you should purchase a mattress that will grow with your baby. You do not have to be buying a new mattress every year because your child has outgrown the current one. If you want longevity and want to save money, you should opt for full-sized, twin XL or a twin-sized bed. A good quality mattress will last for about 12 years, and this will be beneficial to the long term sleep and health of your child. You can read this Layla review for more tips.

Comfortable

Most kids experience poor sleeping habits, soreness and other issues related to restless sleep. These problems are directly linked to low-quality mattresses that offer minimal comfort for your child. You need a high-quality mattress so that your child does not develop bad sleeping habits at a tender age. A comfortable, high-quality mattress will boost the comfort levels of your kids and give them a good night rest.

Durable design

When buying mattresses for children, you should opt for sustainable design. This is crucial because children are known to be quite adventurous, and they love jumping up and down on their beds. Therefore, you need a mattress that can persevere some form of abuse from the kids. This way, the quality of the bed will not deteriorate irrespective of what is done on it. You should also purchase a mattress protector to guard against stains.

Shopping for the right mattress for your child might seem like a stress-free and straightforward process for most parents. However, you should aim at finding a bed that is appropriate for your growing child. This is because sleeping habits usually vary between kids and you should get one that suits your child’s age and developmental needs. With the tips above, you will be able to choose the healthiest, most comfortable and best mattress for your child.

Author Bio

Travis Head runs a mattress store and has helped thousands of people choose the best mattresses for themselves and their kids. He has over 10 years’ experience in the industry and understands the different brands and qualities in the market. You can check out his blog to read this Layla review.

 

“Don’t base your decisions on the advice of those who don’t have to deal with the results.”

~Anonymous

 

As much you try to apply the numerous logic that others and life throw at you when you are feeling low, nothing seems to work out. All the affirmations and the strategies aimed at bringing up oneself and motivating to feel better – they all fail. It is not always women who feel low, men too have both ups and down in life that takes them on a roller coaster ride of being low and excited in the various situations. In fact, women are the ones who know how to express their feelings but the dudes find it quite difficult holding on too strong which results in feeling low.

Talking about advice, which definitely keeps coming in from all the ends but all aren’t as useful as they should be. It is being peaceful within that can help someone come back to the surface with a bang.

“Be positive” is the new way to tell someone that everything will be okay and also to motivate them and cheer them up. The truth is – it doesn’t work! It never did and it will never help anyone who is already preoccupied with other things and thoughts. It is more or less telling someone that you should feel better now because I have motivated you quite a lot. And it’s downright annoying and useless to be told it again.

Now the question is – if being positive isn’t the right advice when someone is feeling low, what should be done?

Don’t talk about it a lot

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It is like reliving the stressful moment again and again when you talk about it to not one or two but a number of people. Talk about it to those who can actually provide a solution to the problem rather than listening, giving not-so-useful advice and spreading the word like wildfire among others. So, it is better to keep it to limited people who matter.

 

Choose between fight or fly

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When you/someone is in a bad mood and feeling really low, there are a thousand things constantly going in your head. From how to feel energetic to should I stay the same with the same mood, everything keeps on hitting your head making you more confused. Now you have to segregate the thoughts crawling in your head into – whether you want to fight or flight from the problem. The flight mode works just like your smartphone does. It blocks all the access to calls, messages, and ways for others to reach to you. It is a temporary method to run from the problems. Hence, fighting and overcoming is what you must look out for.

 

Accepting what comes to you – but letting go

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When you are in the flight mode, you know  that someday or the other you have to come to the society and family set up. It would be useless to stay aloof from others. You must let anything that comes to you come, but make sure you let go of the things that bring sadness in your life. In fact, you cannot stop the negativity to flow in but you always have the option to let go of things. Do that!!

 

Dress well to keep yourself content

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When you shop, things around you get brighter! You must have heard this before because this is absolutely true. When you pay attention to yourself, pamper yourself with handsome outfits, pleasing men’s underwear, complementing accessories, you feel good from within. You should indulge in this when skies turn gray for you.

 

Meditation helps you focus on life

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You cannot deny the benefits of meditation! Can you? Well, it is the most basic, fruitful and result-oriented method to make someone feel better. If you are struggling with something, try meditation and the different ways to do it right. The results will be fabulous.

 

 

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It was just yesterday that I bought myself a pair of denim jeans and after a few washes it started to wear off and finally within a month, it came down to pieces. You might say that it was the fabric that was of bad quality but I wouldn’t put the entire blame on the fabric. It was my fault too because I couldn’t take care of it and it didn’t last long.

 

Likewise, most of us face day to day problems with our fashionable outfits and undergarments and find it extremely difficult to keep them longer with us. This article puts forward some time-saving, hassle-free and quick tips that can make men’s clothing look younger and durable.

 

 1.Abstain from a lot of washing:

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Like seriously? Not washing would keep my clothes stay longer? This can’t be true! If you’d take a closer look, you’d find that the number of times you wash the clothes, that number of times you put them with the harsh detergents. Detergents are made with harsh chemicals that directly affect the threads of the fabric and loosen them, which results in wear and tear. Whether it is your street fashion or your Gucci shirts or Gucci jacket, all the items will result in the same. So avoid washing them too often.

 

 2.Check pockets before washing:

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My mother always had this issue with us that we never checked out jeans pockets before putting the jeans in the washing machine. As a result, the mechanic was called to get it out and we got a scolding. Once, I forgot my set of Gucci watches in the pocket (it was brand new) and got it spoiled. In addition, these coins or anything that is left behind in the pockets causes constant rubbing against the fabric and tears the fabric faster. So, you must be careful before putting your clothes in for cleaning.

 

3.Get rid of the bobbles:

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Bobbles look very ugly on the clothes. They can make your not so old sweaters or jackets look really old which you obviously don’t want. The saddest part is that once done, they keep coming back and more in number. Hence, you must buy a bobble remover comb for that smooth finish on all your winter wear outfits. Bobble removing combs can also be carried in your Gucci bags or briefcases when you go for a longer duration.

 

4.Fold and Hang theory:

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You must have heard about the Big Bang Theory but have you heard about the Fold and Hang theory? You must have an idea of which clothes are supposed to be hanged while which are to be folded. Clothes with sharp edges like shirts, pants, shorts or t-shirts and even under clothing pieces are supposed to be folded whereas; articles like suits and any kind of winter wear are required to be hanged because the folded marks need to be prevented from the same.

 

5.Sunlight is important for some:

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You might show all your clothes sunlight after washing them. Have you ever seen some colors fading? Well, it can either be because of the detergent or because of the sun rays. The darker clothes lose their color because of the sunlight and that’s why it would be a wiser decision to lay them flat in the shade to prevent fading.

 

With these tips, you can keep your favorite outfits longer with you without being rough or faded. You can now be careful while taking care of the outfits in order to keep them looking as good as new for a longer duration.

As life changing as it might be to travel alone, it is important that you remain cognizant of the fact that there is no one around to watch your back. For this reason, you need to pay more attention to everything around you. Many of the travel tips that I came across before I took my own journey around the world were geared towards families, women, and children. There is nothing wrong with this, in fact, I applaud it, but I also wanted to make sure that men have a handy little traveling list that they could refer to in order to keep safe when they travel alone. There are lists for things that every man needs in their lives, but there aren’t many travel tips made for men. So without further ado, here are 10 safety tips geared towards men who travel alone.

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 1.Purchase Travel Insurance

 

Travel Insurance is beneficial to you if your connecting flight is canceled, or if you lose your valuables at the airport during your flight. It will also come in handy if you happen to injure yourself during your trip, as it will help mitigate the cost of healthcare in a foreign country. No matter the type of unlikely circumstance that life throws your way while you are on a solo trip, having travel insurance in your corner will make it much more bearable.

 

It is very easy for most men to brush things off as unnecessary, but trust me when I say that not getting travel insurance really sucks if it turns out that you need it. Purchasing travel insurance also gives you a chance to learn about any restrictions that you might have while flying. It may also inform you of some of the health and safety risks that the area you are visiting has.

 2.Let People Know Where You Are

It might not sound fun to always keep someone updated on your location, trust me I know. It is very exciting to get lost in another country and go completely off the map, but it isn’t always a safe option. The simple act of letting people know where you are allows you to develop a pattern, and thus your friends and family will already be on alert for your safety if you do not check in with them.

Also, it makes it easier for authorities to track your movements and find you in the event that you go missing (worst case scenario). Needless to say, it is important that when you travel alone, you do not just vanish off the face of the earth (unless that is your intention). Leave some breadcrumbs in your wake so that people can find you if need be, but like I said if you’re traveling to hide then ignore this section.

 3.Don’t Advertise That You’re Traveling Alone

Some men have the natural compulsion to brag, and this compulsion intensifies while they travel. However, it is important that you do not get sucked into the false sense of camaraderie that foreign soil can breed. This is not to say that every beautiful person you meet while you are traveling is your enemy, but it is simply a call for you to be cautious about whom you hang around and what you say to them. Regardless of how you feel about the people that you meet on your journey, do not divulge that you are traveling alone (no matter how beautiful or gorgeous they may be).

Advertising that you are traveling alone puts you at risk and makes you a prime target for criminals and burglars who are looking for easy marks. Have you seen the movie Taken (the original)? If you haven’t, I suggest that you take the time to watch it before you travel. It might sound paranoid, but it will no doubt keep you safer and out of harm’s way.

 4.Know How To Contact The Authorities

I am sure many of you reading this are probably thinking, how is this a manly thing to do? The Alpha Male that lies dormant in most males (in some it’s always on the loose) will be tempted to come out and keep you company when you are traveling alone. It is important to realize that your personal safety is at a much higher risk when you are traveling alone. As such, learning how to properly contact the authorities whenever you are in a different country is an absolute must.

There are those who think they might not need to contact the police or call an ambulance for any reason, and this is probably your Alpha Male talking over you. Requiring assistance when you are in a foreign country is not something that should even remotely bother you. In fact, it is something that you should want to do because it could very well be the determining factor between having a good trip and having a horrible one.

 5.The Fewer The Gadgets, The Better

When you are traveling alone, it is advised that you keep the use of your gadgets to a minimum because it takes away from your situational awareness while simultaneously garnering unwanted attention. Any of these things would be a cause for concern on their own, but together they are truly frightening.

In addition to the points listed above, keeping your gadgets to a minimum allows you to keep better track of them while you are on the go, which reduces the chance of you misplacing something important and expensive. If you want status symbols like watches, make sure that you choose one of the more affordable watches. Same goes for any other product. The cheaper it is the less likely it is to be stolen, and the less you are going to worry about it.

 6.Hide Your Valuables

For some men, it is in our very nature to flaunt whatever we have, but when you are in unfamiliar territory, it is best to keep that to yourself. This is important in everyday life but even more so when you are traveling abroad and you are on foreign soil. As welcoming and hospitable as some countries may be, it is important to always be aware of the fact that you are at a unique disadvantage.

Even before you touch down, you should take the proper steps to secure your bags. Everything from your flight to your stay has the potential to put your valuables at risk. If you are not a local, there will be many things that you are not accustomed to, and this places you in a precarious spot. This is why you should leave the flaunting until you are back on home turf, that way you don’t incentivize anyone to take advantage of you.

 7.Make Use Of A Pocket Dictionary

Traveling is about immersing yourself in a different culture and engaging with the people around you, but sometimes this is hard to do with a language gap. A good way to get around this is to make use of a pocket dictionary (or an app with the same function). This will produce more fruitful social interaction. It will also make the locals more accessible. Trust me, you will not be meeting anyone interesting at a bar or club if you stand around sputtering and being misunderstood all the time.

 8.Don’t Binge Drink

This is the perfect time to bring up this handy safety tip since I just addressed being at a bar or a club. Now, a lot of men enjoy drinking while they are traveling, and I have nothing at all against this. However, it is important that you do not drink to the point where you are clearly drunk because that can be a problem.

Alcohol laws vary from country to country, and in some places, it is a crime to be intoxicated in public. However, this is a minor concern because being put in a cell to sober up is one of the best-case scenarios. The consumption of alcohol (in large enough quantities) leads to impaired mental faculties and impaired motor skills. This limits your response time and makes you prime for victimization.

Being drunk also makes it harder for you to keep your guard up if the need arises. In effect, this makes you a much easier target for thieves and criminals, and many of them will not hesitate to take advantage of you in your inebriated state. It is imperative that you have your wits about you when you are traveling in another country and this is hard to do when you are visibly impaired.

 9.Try To Be Open

There are some men that are naturally aggressive and dominant, and this is a trait that should take a backseat when you are abroad. The last thing you want to do is make people dislike you when you are far from your support network, and the fastest way to make people dislike you is to be abrasive and rude. It is key to your safety that you remain open to new ways of doing things and try to keep a positive outlook at all times.

This allows you to form bonds with the people that you meet, and it will make you much less of a target for burglars and criminals. Blend with the culture of the area, and try not to offend those around you through your ignorance of local customs. Be sure that you are not a pushover, either. Stand your ground, but do so politely.

 10.Know Your Limits

None of the points that have been made above will keep you safe while traveling unless you are mindful of your own limits as an individual. At this point, it is common knowledge that travel of any sort can be fun if you let it be. But you have to be mindful of your surroundings, and make sure that you do not get carried away and blame it on the heat of the moment.

If you have never jumped off a cliff while you are at home, surrounded by people you know, it is not advisable to try and do it when you are off in another country. Try new things when you can, but be sure that there is someone around who may be able to assist you in the event that the worst-case scenario occurs.

Conclusion

Travelling can be fun, and it allows you discover a good deal about new places while simultaneously learning so much about yourself. The benefits of traveling often are at times mitigated by the dangers people face when they travel. Hopefully, this list of tips will help you make the most out of your next trip while simultaneously keeping you safe while exploring.

Proposing to the love of your life takes a lot of courage, creativity and ingenuity. It only happens once in a lifetime so you want to make sure yours is unique and special in your own way. You already bought the ring and are trying to keep it hidden as you scour the internet for marriage proposal ideas.

If you’re in a little bit of a rut for unique and creative ways to propose, we’re here to help you out. From simple and intimate proposals to the more complicated ones, we have them on the list. Put your own spin on one of these marriage proposal ideas and she’ll definitely remember it for the rest of her life.

 

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Go on a vacation

It is not uncommon for men to propose to their girlfriends while on vacation. If you’re considering proposing during a trip, we recommend that you do a bit of research before you leave. There are tons of opportunities for you to pull off a romantic surprise for her. Find out what the venue has to offer. While you’re at it, you may also want to find the perfect spot for your proposal.

During the trip, you can go scuba diving, hiking, horse-back riding or any other activities you wish. What’s great about proposing during a vacation is that she won’t realize that you’re planning something. Rather, she’ll think they’re just a part of the vacation.

Seek help from family members

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If your partner is close to her family, odds are she wants to share this moment with them. Enlist the help of her family and try to get them involved in the proposal.

Tell her that one of her family members is throwing a party, so you’ll be going together. Since her family is on your side, it will be easier to make her believe that nothing is out of the ordinary. You can ask them to arrive at the venue earlier and hold a sign that says “will you marry me?” This will be the first thing she sees once you reach the venue.

You can also do the proposal in private, so she gets to enjoy the moment. Ask everyone to hide until the proposal is done. Once she says yes, you can give them the go signal to come out to surprise her and then you can all celebrate together.

Ask her favorite author to help with the proposal

If your girlfriend is a book lover, nothing will make her happier than receiving a book as a gift. Buy her a book from one of her favorite authors. To make the proposal extra special, have it signed by the author and ask him/her to write “Will you marry (your name)?”

Take her out on a date and tell her you have a surprise for her. Once you’re seated, give her the book. Let her read the message to help build up all the emotions. Make sure that you’re down on one knee and holding the ring when she peaks up from the book. Any proposal that involves books and their favorite author is every book lover’s dream. Plus, they’ll have a keepsake to hold on to for the rest of their lives.

Propose on the beach

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There is something romantic and magical about a beach proposal. The waves give a serene sound. The views are amazing. The pristine stretch of soft white sand provides an excellent backdrop for giving her your heartfelt proposal.

After a leisurely meal, take your sweetheart for a stroll in the beach. As you walk hand-in-hand, take her to a spot, where you have written the message a few hours ago.  As you walk along, ask her to read what is written on the sand. Pretend you’ve never seen it before. Pull the ring box out of your pocket as she reads it so you have it ready for her when she turns around.

Scavenger hunt

Scavenger hunts are fun and exciting. It provides an excellent marriage proposal idea for ladies who like an adventure.

To start with, think of 3 to 4 places that are meaningful to your relationship. These are the places where the clues will be. For this to work, you may seek help from her family and her friends. You can ask 2 of her friends to help her during the game; while other family members and friends will be waiting for her on the next stations and hand her the clues. You should keep yourself out of the hunt to ensure that you can flawlessly execute your plan.

As she reaches the final location, you’ll be there waiting for her. Now, it’s your turn to hand her the final clue. While she’s reading it, you pull the ring out of your pocket and ask her to spend the rest of her life with you. With such a creative and well-planned marriage proposal ideas, we can guarantee that your sweetheart is going to say yes.

 

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Everyone needs a selection of clothing and accessories in their wardrobe that will showcase their best features and sense of style. If your goal is to update your style and dress well on a regular basis, you should take some time to understand the clothes that are most ideal for your body type and lifestyle.

Style Inspiration

  • There are different steps that you can take towards identifying your style, including fashion icons that can inspire you.
  • Consider people whose styles you admire and keep them in mind while you shop for clothes and dress.
  • Style goes beyond being trendy or dressing well. It represents your character and involves being able to confidently wear items that you like and want.

Lifestyle

It is important to dress according to your lifestyle. Tailor your style to accommodate the life you have and incorporate in your daily life. Regardless of what your situation may be, you can be stylish without compromising on your comfort.

If you regard clothing as a representation of your unique style and personality, create a wardrobe that is based on your preferences. Start shopping for outfits and focus on finding items that you can easily mix and match.

Be Prepared

  • Preparing your outfits in advance saves time and enables you to carefully pick out the things you wear and create the right impression.
  • Learn how to coordinate different colors and patterns.
  • Invest in quality pieces that will last. These will serve as dependable foundations for the rest of your wardrobe. Items such as shoes should always be high quality because of the wear and tear that they are exposed to.
  • Make sure that everything you buy fits because no matter how expensive or trendy clothing is, it will not look good if it does not fit properly.

Men’s Wedding Bands

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Men usually out a lot of effort into choosing engagement rings but it can be challenging to select their own bands, especially when they are not aware of the options that are available. Your wedding ring is an important purchase and since it will be a key aspect of your life, you should be happy with the choice that you make.  Visit www.mensweddingbands.com.

 

Width

There are various factors to consider when picking a wedding band that may end up being the only jewelry piece that you wear. These factors range from width to detailing. It is essential for the groom to determine how wide the ring should be.

Spare some time to try on as many wedding bands as you can with various widths and decide what suits you best. Wider rings may cost slightly more, depending on the jeweler, because large amounts of metal are required to make them.  Strike a balance between the size of the ring you want and a price that you can afford.

Precious Metals

There is a metal for virtually every budget and there are several options to choose from. Conventional metals that are used for men’s wedding bands include yellow gold, white gold and platinum. Each type of metal has its benefits and can be used to create a stylish, comfortable and durable wedding band.

 

Bio: Bill Williams is a freelance writer who contributes articles to different online sites. He covers a wide range of topics but his areas of focus are men’s fashion among other lifestyle issues. He likes to cook, swim and travel. Visit www.mensweddingbands.com for more information.

 

Leaky roofs are among the common reasons why homeowners call contractors. Property owners usually do not have the knowledge or expertise to look for the problems that affect their roofs. While professionals have experience dealing with various roof issues, the sources of leaks are not always easy to spot.

The areas where the water gets into the building are not necessarily linked directly to the source of the problem. This is why contractors need to investigate in order for them to be able to identify the leak’s source correctly and the path along which the water travels. Maintenance programs can help to minimize the occurrence of leaks.

Roofing- Preventing Leaks

Roofing contractors recommend that the roofing system is inspected regularly and maintained by professionals to prevent future problems. Similar to how a car will not run efficient if you never change the oil, you cannot install your roof and forget about it.

 

Roof Inspections

Before inspections are performed, contractors usually observe while on the ground and find out whether there have been extreme weather conditions recently, presence of animals, falling debris, accidents or cable work that may have damaged the roof.

Once you have access to the roof, there are simple and effective ways to locate leaks that can occur in the future. Maintenance can help you notice potential issues that can cause roof damage. Penetrations are one of the main sources of leaks and stop water from flossing naturally off a roof.

Different Sources of Leaks 

  • Chimneys are top leak sources that may have crickets, are improperly counter flashed or require sealing.
  • Water may be trapped behind skylights; flashing may require repair and the skylight may leak.
  • Plumbing vents that have cracked rubber over time, need to be painted or sealed and have damaged pipes are other key sources of leaks.
  • Contractors inform their customers about preventative maintenance and the type of repairs that can help prevent costly issues in the future.

 Choosing Home Decor for your Lifestyle

Decorating a home is all about creating a space the suits your personality and lifestyle. Along with making sure that the appearance of your home fulfills your needs, you also need to consider how the different rooms of your home function according to your lifestyle and what you want to accomplish.

An outgoing personality is usually reflected by vibrant colors while someone who is introverted is likely to prefer a sheltered space with subtle hues. There are no fixed rules pertaining to decor as people are at liberty to experiment with various themes and concepts.

Significance of Colors

Rooms such as children’s bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchen rooms are generally brighter in color. Establishing a formal tone in rooms such as the dining room, living room and home office tends to involve using subdued colors with minimal patterns to achieve tranquility.

 

Inspiration

If you are looking for a unique way to showcase your personality or specific colors to enhance the mood of the room, look through publications that give insight into various aspects of home decor. Websites, decorating magazines, fabric brochures and books are worthwhile resources for inspiring your next project.

 

Bio: Evans Connor has been a professional journalist for more than 5 years. He has worked with different organizations in different parts of the world. He says that one of the greatest lessons in life is to be passionate about your job until it no longer feels like a job. With his ideas on the qualities of a good gutter repair expert, he has helped many homeowners make the right decision. 

As a guy, you’re wired for greatness! You’re gifted to scale the heights of achievement. How you define and train yourself determines whether you’ll be successful.Many men have a vague sense of who they are. You may be surprised to realize what you actually think of yourself. What’s more, your self-definition may not be accurate. Poor self-worth prevents you from expressing your highest potential. It also sidelines the discipline required.3811ed75b743c8ebcc7c49d1d4813bf5
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This blog will help to clarify your self-image. You’ll also see how self-esteem equips you to fulfill ambitions.

Self Respect Definition

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First, let’s clearly define self respect. What are the indicators of this attribute?

  • You appreciate your personality.
  • You’re at peace with its character flaws.
  • You trust your judgment.
  • You know you’re worthy of being treated well.
  • You don’t compromise your values and principles.
  • You consider yourself capable of handling challenges.

Do you lack self-worth?

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Now let’s examine the other end of the spectrum. When you’re short in self-assurance, here are the signs:

  • You habitually criticize yourself.
  • You may be driven by perfectionism.
  • Chronic indecision is a constant companion since you fear making mistakes.
  • You often feel guilty for your behavior.
  • You’re hyper-sensitive to what people think of you.
  • Your overall view of life is pessimistic.

How do you regard yourself?

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One way to discern your self-image is observing your inner dialogue. If you have self-respect, your mental conversation contains affirmations:

“I’m skilled at handling problems.”
“I’m responsive to the needs of others.”
“I have sound judgment.”
“I’m fun to be around.”

Low self-esteem sounds like this:

“I make lousy decisions.”
“I’m always missing opportunities.”
“My life is a mess.”
“I’m doomed.”

What are the root causes of self-sabotage?

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Before tracing the source of a poor self-image, let’s discuss why it’s important to do this. If you don’t know why a harmful record keeps playing in your head, you won’t be able to stop it. Your negative self-conceptions will magnetically attract unpleasant conditions. Renowned life coach John Kreiter suggests this exercise to determine why you may not like yourself:

1. Schedule a 15-minute block of quiet time. Close your eyes and think of an aspect of your life that’s causing unhappiness. Perhaps it’s a job situation or relationship.

2. Watch the thoughts that float across your mental screen.

3. Ask yourself why you think this way.

4. Determine whether your thought is true or a misconception.

5. If the belief is true, think about what you can do to change it. If it’s false, replace the myth with a constructive thought.

6. By substituting positive self-dialogue, your mind will open to new possibilities. Then you’ll be psyched to modify behavior.

7. When the lie resurfaces, swap it for your upbeat thought.

8. When you see good results from adopting new mental habits, it creates a positive feedback loop. Now you’ll be inspired to repeat those actions. In effect, you’re sowing the seeds of discipline.

How do you cultivate self-worth?

First, post this quote in a place where you’ll see it often:

Respect yourself enough to walk away from what’s unhealthy for you.

Then, follow the suggestions of Dani DiPirro, creator of PositivelyPresent.com.

1. Don’t compromise your aspirations.

Another way of saying this is, “Don’t settle for less than your best effort.”

2. Overlook your bloopers.

Remember, all men make mistakes. Try to view them as learning experiences rather than cause for regret. Self-reproach wastes the energy you need to move forward.

3. Forgive those who’ve hurt you.

Granted, it isn’t easy to release the pain of injustice. Remembering the benefits of amnesty helps:

  • You hone the ability to manage unpleasant emotions.
  • Troubled relationships become agreeable.
  • Others’ actions are easier to understand.
  • You forge tolerance.
  • Shedding the weight of negativity is uplifting.

4. Keep the company of supportive people.

Spending time with those who value you reinforces a positive self-image. It underscores the fact that you’re worth knowing. When people compliment you, savor their praise. When you’re commended for doing something well, soak up the verbal sunshine. Periodically, take stock of your abilities. Confidence increases self-esteem.

5. Be kind to your body.

Let’s face it, guys. We tend to be either excessive or negligent when it comes to self-care. Try to aim for moderation with food, exercise, work, and recreation. Find healthy ways to release tension.

6. Don’t compare yourself to other men.

When you measure your lifestyle against that of other guys, you lose sight of what makes you great. Live by your own values. Then, celebrate your personal accomplishments!

How do you acquire discipline?

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Now that we’ve defined self-respect, how does it relate to achieving goals? Self-worth fosters the self-control required for discipline. We can express this concept as an equation:

Self Respect Definition x Self Control = Discipline

Here’s a light bulb moment! By trading encouraging dialogue for self-degradation, you’re developing self-control. Do you see the link?

If the idea of discipline elicits dread, think of it this way instead. Combating resistance is in your best interest. Think of the prize at the end of your climb! When tempted to succumb to weakness, visualize the reward. You have the inborn willpower to overthrow all obstacles.

You’re Worthy

By now, you have a precise definition of self respect. Aware of your special abilities, you’ll naturally want to preserve them. Discipline is taking the steps that ensure success. Think well of yourself to realize your dreams!