Reasons Why You Should Grow a Beard

Seeing men with beards is something that is very common now. The advent of sophisticated men’s grooming a few years back has made maintaining beards easier. Men’s grooming is now very advanced. Aside from pomade, hair gels, and shaving razors, we also now have beard oils and mustache waxes.

However, this was not always the case. Almost a couple of centuries ago, beards started to decline in the United States and Europe. Then, in the 1900s, clean and safe razors became available in the market. It is only now that the beard is back and in full force.

A good-looking and well-styled beard complements a man’s sense of style, hence it would good look on anything he wears. If you still need convincing why you need to grow scruff, then take a look at the reasons why you should:

Makes you feel masculine.

Wearing a beard has been a sign of masculinity throughout history. It makes you feel tough and naturally rugged. And when you feel masculine, you feel like you could do more. Which leads us to our second reason.

Gives you that alpha male mindset.

Jesus Christ, Confucius, Former US president Abraham Lincoln, Former Cuban President Fidel Castro, the painter Leonardo da Vinci and philosophers Socrates and Karl Marx are some of the most famous beards of all time. Each of them left a legacy in this world – something that is very alpha.

Growing a beard gives you that feeling that you can conquer the world. Because you feel very masculine, you will be emboldened to work harder, make more crucial decisions and generally move to create a better life for you and the people around you. Having a beard makes you feel more powerful and confident.

Gives you a more distinct personality.

Having a beard gives you a more distinct personality. It makes you stand out from the crowd and gets you more praise, desire, and respect from men and women alike. According to a study by The University of South Wales, women find bearded men more protective and suitable to fatherhood. That means women see you as capable of handling very difficult and long-term responsibilities in relationships and child-rearing.

Men on the other hand, deem other men with beards as respectable figures of authority. They see bearded fellows as cultured, refined and wise. That’s probably why fictional protagonists always bearded figures as their mentors. Frodo had Gandalf, Harry Potter had Professor Dumbledore, and Jon Snow had Lord Commander Mormont.


Now that you’re convinced why you need to grow a beard, then you have to make the effort to maintain it. Panic Room makes maintaining beards easy for you. They offer a wide array of beard oil brands and other beard grooming products, which you can check out here: http://thepanicroom.com.sg/webstore/en/102-beard-oil. While you are at it, you can also buy pomade and other styling products the hair on your head needs. You can also check them out here: http://thepanicroom.com.sg/webstore/en/6-pomade. Visit Panic Room at their shop in Geylang today!

Why Eating Healthier Makes You Feel Better

Eating healthier means including the more nutritious versions of the various food groups in your diet, rather than the normal and calorie-dense parts. For example, it means having lean meat with steamed vegetables and brown rice, rather than pork fat and two cups of white rice. It also means eating until you feel full enough, and not when your stomach feels like bursting at the seams.

Initially, shifting to healthier eating sounds really tedious and boring. However, thinking about how it can reward your body, mind, and soul makes the effort worthwhile and exciting. Below is a list of rewards we get when we eat healthier.

First, it makes you more energetic. Having a breakfast meal high in simple carbohydrates and refined sugars make you feel energetic when you start working in the morning. However, it makes you feel sleepy and lethargic after lunch. That’s because the intake of unhealthy carbs and sugar causes blood sugars to spike then crash. A better way to start your day is by eating breakfast full of fresh fruits, vegetables and complex carbohydrates like Kinmemai Japanese rice. These types of food provide energy longer without affecting your blood sugar.

Having slow-burn carbohydrates for snacks and lean meat during lunch also helps you power yourself through afternoon meetings and until the day ends. By becoming more energetic, you get to accomplish more at work with a positive attitude. It also allows you to engage in a more active lifestyle and spend more time with friends and family after work.

Another reason for eating healthy is that it helps you maintain your mental health. According to professors from Columbia University and Deakin University, having an unhealthy diet increases the risk of dementia, depression, anxiety, and attention deficit disorder. A study by Harvard University shows that unhealthy foods cause oxidative stress on the brain and impairs brain function, leading it to develop mood disorders such as depression. On the other hand, eating fresh produce and nutrient-rich foods such as Kinmemai brown rice helps us maintain good mental health. The vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in healthier food protect our body and mind from oxidative stress which leads to mental degeneration.

Finally, eating healthier helps you live a longer life. By eating healthy foods, you lower your risk for diabetes, heart problems, and even cancer. When a person is in his or her prime, he or she does not think of these things. That’s why you see teens enjoying multiple cups of coffee frappes while studying, or workers in their thirties consuming oily Murtabak after work. However, when illnesses hit them, that’s when they think back to what they ate when they were younger. By eating healthier earlier, you get to live longer without regrets nor fear of sickness.

Thankfully, eating healthier is easier now here in Singapore with more choices such as Kinmemai rice, organic farms, superfood groceries and restaurants that promote healthy living.

Start eating healthier today and you’ll see how it can make you feel better.

 

 

 

 

Why You Should Take Up a Hobby

As you age, you deal with more responsibilities and more stress that cause burnout. That’s why it’s important for you to take up a hobby. Hobbies help you hone skills while taking your mind off stress from work, paying household bills and other worries you might have. These activities are not just for children or teenagers. Hobbies are for everyone, and that includes working adults like you.

Hobby 1: Playing a Musical Instrument

One of the hobbies you could take up is learning to play a musical instrument. It’s a fun activity that has lots of benefits. First, it boosts your cognitive skills that you need for work and at home. Learning notes, chords and patterns expand your memory capacity, as well as improve hand-eye coordination. It sharpens your concentration as you learn to play more complex musical pieces. You also get to exercise discipline and perseverance as you go through the different levels of learning. Second, it enhances your emotional well-being by giving you a sense of satisfaction and achievement.

Learning to play a musical instrument is a great way to spread positivity and happiness. Oh, and one more thing: it looks great on your resume.

There are a lot of music schools in Singapore, and one of them is Singapore Music Academy. The Academy offers a wide variety of programmes, including classes for working adults and retirees. You can learn how to play the drums, different types of guitar and percussion instruments, the keyboard and ukelele from Singapore Music Academy. They also have vocal lessons. If you prefer to learn classical music, you can instead enroll in Singapore Music Academy’s violin lessons, flute lessons or piano lessons.

Hobby 2: Playing New Sports

Playing sports is another hobby you could take up. A lot of us already go to the gym or run around Gardens by the Bay and MBS. That’s because more people now appreciate fitness as a lifestyle. However, while exercising is good, learning to play a new sport is better.

Just like learning to play a musical instrument, learning to play a new sport also has a lot of benefits. First of all, it enhances your cognitive and motor skills the way familiar physical activities do not. Strengthening our motor skills helps reduce body aches and lessen our propensity to injury. Enhancing our motor skills significantly, in turn, triggers the brain to perform more activities. It also improves our hand-eye coordination and keeps us alert and in focus. Second, learning a new sport makes us more energetic than ever before. Playing in teams and competitions helps you improve your social skills as well. Learning a new sport challenges you to explore your limits. There is a sense of empowerment in conquering new routes, scaling new heights and winning new games. Most of all, it’s a lot of fun and fosters friendship and camaraderie.

Hobbies are not just pastimes. They are significant learning experiences that benefit our mind and body. And for this reason, we should invest in them.

 

 

Instant Confidence Boosting Tips For the Modern Male

Men seem to get less attention nowadays while the modern women continue to rise and break glass ceiling after glass ceiling. We’re all for gender equality and all that jazz, but for a moment, let’s appreciate the men a little and give some instant confidence boosting tips for the modern male.

These are not the lame tips like “believe in yourself”, “self hypnotise yourself into being more confident” or “get fit, pump iron and get six packs” that would either be ineffective or take some time. As the title says they are instant, and they boost confidence.

1. Check your posture.

Your body language and posture can temporarily ‘fix’ your inner state. Stand up, straighten your posture, ‘open’ up your chest, look to the sky, stretch out your arms as if you wanna give a big hug, the biggest hug you can ever give, stay there for a minute or so.

2. Change to smarter clothes.

Manners may maketh the man, but clothes do too. The feeling you get when being dressed up in just t-shirts and shorts versus being dressed up in a proper suit with proper shoes is a vast difference. You don’t have to go all out and dress like the Kingsmen everywhere you go. Dress just a tad, a little more, or ‘above’ what is appropriate or normal for the occasion.

Make sure your clothes fit you just right, to give you the comfort that goes a long way in giving you confidence. Clothes that are too tight or make you look like a teenager whose Grandpa just gave him some clothes aren’t contributing to your self-esteem.

3. Manage that facial hair.

We won’t get into the beard or no beard or facial hair VS no facial hair debate, but, whatever your preference is, if you look good shaved, go and shave. If you look good with facial hair, groom it, manage it, trim it, do whatever it takes to make that facial hair actually enhance – not put an ugly stain on – your appearance. What do we want? A handsome Orlando Bloom in Pirates of the Caribbean look, not the ‘Taleban’ look. You get the idea.

Sometimes getting the appropriate facial hair management tools goes a long way. Don’t just limit yourself to whatever options are available at the local supermarket. Get the right shavers, be it a straight razor or an electric razor.

4. Manage that hair.

Pretty basic. Go to a professional barber, ideally one of those trending ‘vintage barbers‘ or an actual hair salon. Consult the hair expert what hairstyle matches your face and looks. Then get him or her to recommend the right gel, cream, mousse or pomade appropriate for your hair. And ask her to style the hair for you after the cut, then next time you follow that style yourself.

5. Manage that breath.

It’s always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to your breath. You may not smell it yourself, but other’s perception of your breath and their reaction to it can have impact on your self-esteem. Bring a portable tooth brushing kit everywhere you go and make it a habit to clean your mouth after every meal, not just once or twice a day. Bring some mints too just in case. Visit the dentist regularly. You get the idea.

6. Consider a change of eye wear.

If you’re short or long sighted and require eye glasses, consider a change of eye wear, or even consider contact lenses. Visit an optician and ask her to recommend the eye wear style appropriate for your face. If you’re considering contact lenses, and it’s your first time trying after years of using eye glasses, consider how you look without glasses – do you have that sleepy eyes look? Do you have eye bags? Contact lenses may not be for everyone. As always, consult experts.

7. Use the Voice.

Like posture and body language, this is one of those tips where an external factor can also affect your internal state. Drink some water, take deep breaths, clear your throat and just follow these 2 tips:

  • Stand or sit with the right posture, breathe in and expand your belly, and speak at a pitch slightly lower than your normal one. Don’t need to go for the James Earl “Darth Vader” / “Mufasa” Jones, just a tad lower than normal.
  • Do. Not. Rush. Pronounce and enunciate every word clearly (without making it sound too condescending). Pace your words, use appropriate pauses in between phrases.

There you go. 7 tips you can use today! Now you have lesser excuse to say, ‘I’m just not the confident man type’. It takes work, but you have to start somewhere.

5 Reasons Why Your Meditation Routine Might Not Work

Meditative practices are spreading like fire, even among those people who are far away from Eastern practices and spirituality. And at the same time, there are more and more people shouting that meditations don’t work for them. If you take a closer look, you will see interesting patterns and understand why your practices are not taking your anywhere.

Reasons Why Your Meditation Fails (And How to Change This)

  1. You’re not doing it consequently.
    It’s crucial not just to do it day by day, but to actually set a specific time frame for your meditations. This will allow you focus easier and faster.
  2. You don’t have a proper guide.
    It’s really important to have something (or someone) to guide you, especially when you’re just starting. Otherwise, you’re risking to simply sit straight for 20 minutes, doing nothing. You can sign up for a course or download an app with guidance.
  3. You want it here and now.
    Your results won’t come immediately after your first try. If you want to achieve enlightenment and turn into a Buddha, you will need years or practice. Inner peace doesn’t come at once and it’s okay.
  4. You are doing it wrong.
    Many people start with 20 minutes of meditation. Right, sitting straight in a not-so-comfortable position, trying to maintain inner peace for 20 minutes sharp would indeed seem like a stressful task. Try to build up to it, start with 5 minutes a day.
  5. You’re switching all the time.
    Yes, there are many different techniques you might want to try, but if you’re jumping back and forth, you’re getting nothing from it. Try to choose one routine and stick to it. If you see that you’re not good, try a different one, but give it time.

It’s much easier to give up than to admit that you’re doing something wrong. But if you work on your mistakes, you might find a way to enrich your life and revitalize your nervous system without the expensive stuff. Meditation is indeed an affordable practice that only takes intention.