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11 Things Only People Living In Temperate Zones Understand

11 Things Only People Living In Temperate Zones Understand

Obviously, the temperate zones are huge, and they incorporate a large number of countries, from the U.S and Canada in the west, to Russia and China in the east. But from the cold north of Sweden to the hot south of Spain, there are some principles that hold true for everyone living in the temperate zones.

1. You feel like adventure is anywhere but where you are

It doesn’t matter where in the temperate zone you were brought up – if you’ve lived there your entire life, you will be bored with it. And no matter what you have nearby, “adventure” is something you can only find far away from wherever you happen to live. That’s just the way of thinking in the temperate zone; every place in the world is full of adventures, except for the one place where we happen to live.

2. You view the year as four distinct seasons

One thing that is the same for anyone living in the temperate zones is that we divide the world into four distinct seasons. We just can’t imagine a world where the year isn’t clearly divided into spring, summer, autumn and winter.

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3. You can’t understand how other cultures can be so different

If you’ve grown up in a temperate zone, chances are you’ve been raised in a western culture – and that’s all you’ve ever known. Movies, newspapers and TV shows all tend to show you how the world only works the way you expect it to. Therefore, you just can’t understand how other cultures could possibly view the world any differently than you.

4. You KNOW your country is the most civilized in the world

It doesn’t matter which country you live in – if you live in the temperate zone, you just KNOW it’s the most civilized country in the world. Outside the borders of your country, only chaos and barbarians exist.

5. You only see the beach during summer

If there is one thing all people from temperate zones hold for granted, it’s that the beach equals summer. Be it golden tropical beaches far away, or the local beach down by the lake, you just never visit the beach unless you have the summer heat backing you up.

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6. You’re ruled by the western ideals for success

One thing that is more or less unique to the temperate zone is our fixation with conventional success – to build a career, make lots of money, and buy fancy things. In fact, this ideal is so wide-spread in this part of the world that it tends to rule over our entire lives, putting pressure on us to live up to all the social norms of our society.

7. You view the rest of the world as unsafe

No matter which temperate country you’re from, you view it as being the safest place in the world. It doesn’t matter what any statistics or indexes happen to say – anywhere outside your country’s borders is unsafe!

8. You see the rest of the world only as vacation destinations

As you grow up in a temperate zone, you see your home country as the only possible place for “real life” to occur, and you view the rest of the world only as temporary places to go for your vacation. You’ve come to divide the world into two separate locations; the “real life” places, and the vacation places.

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9. You couldn’t go a day without technology

The temperate zones are known for their large-scale adoption of technology – every single part of our society has been either computerized or simplified by technology. And as great as this sounds, it has also made us completely dependent on technology for our survival. We simply cannot imagine life without constant access to the internet, TV or central heating.

10. You can’t imagine living anywhere else

Growing up in a temperate zone, you just can’t imagine living anywhere else on the planet. Sure, you occasionally fantasize about what it would be like to live in a tropical paradise, but you never actually take those fantasies seriously. And those fantasies usually begin and end with laying on the beach sipping a cold drink all day.

11. You can’t understand anyone living in a different zone

No matter how hard you try to understand, people living in different zones will always remain a mystery to you. You just can’t seem to grasp the concept of people living in a world that’s different from your own.

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How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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