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15 Things Only People Who Love Heavy Metal Music Would Understand

15 Things Only People Who Love Heavy Metal Music Would Understand

Heavy metal is perhaps the most laughed at, and least understood genre in the history of music. While heavy metal as an identifiable genre has only been around for roughly 35 years, the spirit of such powerful tunes undoubtedly saw its beginnings centuries ago. Just as heavy metal musicians have crafted the ability to make bold sonic statements, heavy metal lovers are their own variety of people who have admirably specific reasons for their love of the genre.

Below we’ve compiled 15 things only people who love heavy metal music would understand:

1. You listen to heavy metal because you actually enjoy the music, not just because you’re “angry.”

In fact, you’re angry less frequently than most non-heavy metal listeners would like to believe!

2. You know there’s always room in your budget for a concert.

Especially when a killer tour package comes to town!

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3. You hold onto your metal memorabilia with pride

You still have the t-shirt you bought from the first heavy metal concert you ever attended.

4. You find the thought of losing the autographed album or poster you got from your favorite band (while they still featured your favorite lineup) akin to the thought of losing a limb.

This is precisely why it’s kept at the bottom of a cardboard box in your room… Or framed in a glass case, hanging by your bed.

5. Your favorite heavy metal song can always put you in a better mood.

No genre is more triumphant than metal!

6. You recognize the fact that heavy metal music actually calms you down and provides an outlet for your emotions and experiences.

Two researchers from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia found that metal listeners felt calmer, more positive, and more inspired after listening to heavy tunes!

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7. You understand that your favorite genre’s heroes will never fade from the limelight.

The likes of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Slayer, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Pantera, Megadeth, Dio and many others contributed timeless works of art to the Heavy Metal Hall of Fame.

8. You’re well aware that heavy metal is actually more popular than pop music.

Thanks to Spotify, there is now further proof of this glorious reality!

9. You would give anything to witness your “dream lineup”

You’d give anything to see this lineup- whether it be individual band members forming a supergroup or all your favorite bands heading out on a megatour.

10. You already know that if one of your favorite bands mentioned a farewell tour, you would purchase tickets on the spot.

You would never miss the opportunity to crowd surf one last time for a band that has changed your outlook on life itself!

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11. You respect and appreciate the founders of heavy metal just as much as the modern warriors of the genre.

Periphery, Meshuggah, August Burns Red, Wintersun, Animals As Leaders and dozens of other notable acts have just as much to offer as the classics.

12. You love the visceral and empowering vibe that washes over you during a heavy metal show

It stays with you for days after the show.

13. Your joy in listening to heavy metal only expands over time.

What began as just a handful of albums on your computer or portable listening device has now mushroomed to hundreds of albums and dozens of heavy metal subgenres. There can never be too much metal!

14. You find that listening to heavy metal makes you feel inspired and in touch with your emotions

Far more often than leaving you “drained” or “angry”, heavy metal leaves you feeling upbeat and positively in touch with your emotions.

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15. You know that heavy metal shall live on forever.

These are just a few of the reasons heavy metal aficionados have such an affinity for the genre, as well as the tightly-knit metal community. What’s more, it’s indisputable that the supporters of metal are growing daily. Heavy metal was born decades ago and continues to expand its reach, both musically and within hearts and minds today.

You never know – perhaps someone you love will become the next heavy metal lover!

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Last Updated on November 5, 2020

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. A rut can manifest as a productivity vacuum and be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. Is it possible to learn how to get out of a rut?

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, or a student, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on Small Tasks

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks that have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate positive momentum, which I bring forward to my work.

If you have a large long-term goal you can’t wait to get started on, break it down into smaller objectives first. This will help each piece feel manageable and help you feel like you’re moving closer to your goal.

You can learn more about goals vs objectives here.

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2. Take a Break From Your Work Desk

When you want to learn how to get out of a rut, get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the bathroom, walk around the office, or go out and get a snack. According to research, your productivity is best when you work for 50 minutes to an hour and then take a 15-20 minute break[1].

Your mind may be too bogged down and will need some airing. By walking away from your computer, you may create extra space for new ideas that were hiding behind high stress levels.

3. Upgrade Yourself

Take the down time to upgrade your knowledge and skills. Go to a seminar, read up on a subject of interest, or start learning a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college[2]. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a Friend

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while. Relying on a support system is a great way to work on self-care when you’re learning how to get out of a rut.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget About Trying to Be Perfect

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies. Perfectionism can lead you to fear failure, which can ultimate hinder you even more if you’re trying to find motivation to work on something new.

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If you allow your perfectionism to fade, soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come, and then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

Learn more about How Not to Let Perfectionism Secretly Screw You Up.

6. Paint a Vision to Work Towards

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the ultimate goal or vision you have for your life?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action. You can use the power of visualization or even create a vision board if you like to have something to physically remind you of your goals.

7. Read a Book (or Blog)

The things we read are like food for our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great material.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. You can also stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs and follow writers who inspire and motivate you. Find something that interests you and start reading.

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8. Have a Quick Nap

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep[3].

Try a nap if you want to get out of a rut

    One Harvard study found that “whether they took long naps or short naps, participants showed significant improvement on three of the four tests in the study’s cognitive-assessment battery”[4].

    9. Remember Why You Are Doing This

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall your inspiration, and perhaps even journal about it to make it feel more tangible.

    10. Find Some Competition

    When we are learning how to get out of a rut, there’s nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, and networking conventions can all inspire you to get a move on. However, don’t let this throw you back into your perfectionist tendencies or low self-esteem.

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    11. Go Exercise

    Since you are not making headway at work, you might as well spend the time getting into shape and increasing dopamine levels. Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, or whatever type of exercise helps you start to feel better.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

    If you need ideas for a quick workout, check out the video below:

    12. Take a Few Vacation Days

    If you are stuck in a rut, it’s usually a sign that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange one or two days to take off from work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax, do your favorite activities, and spend time with family members. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest.

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