The concept of the man cave started getting attention a few years ago. Basically, a man cave is a room in the house – or on the property – where a man can go to be alone. It’s meant to be a sacred space, off limits to wives, girlfriends, and kids. Admission to the man cave is by invitation only.
You may be wondering if you need a man cave in your home. What may surprise you is that there are some legitimate benefits to having one. Let’s talk about them so you can decide if creating a man cave is something you want to do.
The first benefit of having a man cave is that it’s a place to unwind and relax after a long day at work or with the family. We all need to have alone time and a man cave can provide it.
Stress has a profound effect on the human body. The stress response is designed to help us get through a life-or-death situation. However, if stress hormones remain in the body they can cause problems, including high blood pressure and even depression.
Spending time in a warm and welcoming environment away from everyday stressors is a good way to clear your head and relax your body.
Displaying Your Prized Possessions
It’s common for men to let the women in their lives make decisions about decorating the house. We all remember the scene in When Harry Met Sally when the Carrie Fisher character objects to her boyfriend’s bar stools and wagon wheel coffee table.
A man cave is the perfect place to take the lead when it comes to décor. If you want to have a singing bass on the wall next to your dartboard, and a ratty old armchair that fits your body perfectly, you can do it. You don’t have to give any consideration to what other people want or like. That can be a very freeing thing.
Do you like to have your friends over to play poker or watch the game? A man cave is the perfect place to host those gatherings. You can eat the food you want and yell at the television if it helps you enjoy the game you’re watching.
The idea of having a special place to entertain your buddies is an appealing one. It may be especially fun if your man cave is set apart from the main house – in the garage, for example, or in the yard. Some guys build man caves in a tree or out on the property to give them a real feeling of independence.
The final reason that men can benefit from having a man cave in the house is purely physical. It can be hard to find space for your workout equipment when the house is full of other people’s belongings. If you have a man cave, you can downsize to minimal possessions and keep your weights and other exercise equipment there and use it whenever you want to.
We all need time to ourselves. If you have a house full of kids and feel like it’s difficult to get a few minutes to breathe and relax, then a man cave can provide you with a retreat. When you have one, you’ll feel calmer, less stressed, and better able to cope with stress than you were before.