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10 Things Only People Who Love Mountains Would Understand

10 Things Only People Who Love Mountains Would Understand

As a child I spent a year living in a small abandoned village in the French Alps with my mother and another family. We were self-sufficient, with no electricity, plumbing, or any other modern conveniences. Our deliciously sweet and pure water came from a natural spring, and our food was mainly grown and sourced from the mountain. Living there was a life-changing experience from which my love of mountains grew.

These days I don’t get to visit mountains very often, but when I do, the memories and feelings come flooding back. If you haven’t spent time in mountain areas, I urge you to do so, there is nothing like it.

People who love mountains are sure to understand these 10 things:

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1. You’ve learned about peace from mountains

You find deep peacefulness when spending time on a mountain. It is a unique feeling of calm and tranquility that you need to experience to understand. It filters through you, and stays with you for a time after you leave. When walking on a mountain, take time to sit down and reflect for a while: appreciate the stillness, and listen to the silence. You’ll be glad you did.

2. You know what mountains can do for your fitness

You realize there is nowhere better to go hiking. It is great exercise; the variety of terrain, and the climbing angles can’t be replicated anywhere else. You don’t need to be an expert mountaineer to experience these exercise benefits- it can be as challenging as you want it to be. You do need to ensure you are well aware of the risks though, and prepare adequately.

3. You’ve gained perspective from time spent on mountains

They say you have to climb up a large mountain to appreciate how small you are. Mountains are humbling, in a good way, as they help you gain perspective on life. The higher you climb the mountain, the more you will appreciate this. Look out at the world from high up on a mountain; the world is amazing and so are you.

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4. You’ve learned about beauty from time spent on mountains

You cannot deny their breathtaking beauty. Whatever the season, whatever the mountain, you have the opportunity to appreciate nature at its best. From the smallest flower, to the most dramatic rock face, from a cascading waterfall, to a snowy peak. No picture or words can do it justice: you have to be there.

5. Your perspective on time changes when you’re on a mountain

You get a sense of time standing still. You imagine that the mountain has looked exactly the same for a really long time, and you imagine you will still look and feel the same for a really long time too. On a mountain, time seems slow and settled around you.

6. You always appreciate mountain air

You notice how wonderfully clean the air is. The purity and freshness of what you breathe in when on a mountain feels cleansing and life-enhancing. You realize how tainted the air you usually breathe is. Take it in deeply, feel the benefit.

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7. You love mountain fragrances

Aside from the air purity, your nostrils will be filled with wonderful fragrances as you travel the mountain, not only from the pines, mountain flowers, and other plants, but from the mountain itself.

8. You’ve learned about the importance of unspoiled nature

You appreciate how important it is to keep parts of our planet unspoiled. Apart from some of the most popular tourist mountain areas around the world, the majority of mountain areas remain in their beautiful, natural, unspoiled state.

9. You respect weather

You quickly learn a healthy respect for the weather when on mountains; in certain areas conditions can become dangerous quite quickly. If you spend much time there, you will become sensitive to the weather, in order to be responsive and safety-conscious.

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10. You know the importance of exploration

You know that there is always something new to explore on a mountain, a new path to travel. Mountains are rich with wondrous delights, capable of satisfying your primal urges for exploration. Marvel in their beauty. Be awed by their vastness, and appreciate the gift that they are.

What are you waiting for?

Featured photo credit: Bald Mountain Hike – Mt. Hood, Oregon/Thomas Shahan via flickr.com

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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.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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