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8 Things People Enthusiastic About Outdoor Activities Understand

8 Things People Enthusiastic About Outdoor Activities Understand

If you’re a fan of all things outdoors – hiking, skiing, kayaking, climbing, etc. – you’ve probably run across people who think you’re crazy, daring, or strange. That’s okay, because there will always be people who understand you. Here are eight things all outdoor enthusiasts understand well.

1. Showers are Optional

Let’s be honest, it’s totally fine to go without a real shower for a few days. And by real shower, we’re talking about a man-made enclosure with plumbing fixtures and heated water – not a lake or mountain stream. This doesn’t make you nasty or strange – it just means you don’t rely on the comforts of home.

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2. The Best Companions are Dogs

Have you ever thought to yourself, next time I’m taking this excursion by myself? This is frequently the case when you travel with people who don’t love the outdoors as much as you. Well, the good news is that dogs love the outdoors and will never complain. They also make for great protection when hiking or camping in remote locations. For example, American Bully Standards come in all sizes and are very protective of their owners. Dogs aren’t called man’s best friend for no reason!

3. Pictures Never Do Nature Justice

Have you just stopped taking pictures? At some point, you realize that pictures – no matter how great the camera – never do nature justice. The view is always so much better in person, and a picture somehow cheapens the experience. Instead of texting a picture to your best friend, your message is something like, “You’d have to be here to understand.”

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4. Packing Light is a Must

If you’re proficient at packing for an entire weekend in a small backpack, you know you’re an outdoor enthusiast. You understand how to pack only what you need and – because you know you have to carry it with you – very rarely pack things that are non-essential. That means no hair products, pillows, or extra pairs of shoes.

5. There’s No Such Thing as Sleeping In

Can you even remember the last time you slept in? Outdoor enthusiasts typically wake up early to get a jumpstart on their day. Or, if you’re camping in the wilderness, the sunrise serves as your natural alarm clock. Sleeping in late makes you feel guilty and lazy.

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6. Crowded Places are Intimidating

It’s not that you don’t like people, but you probably try to avoid crowded places as much as you can. You’d much rather be hanging out with a couple of your friends on a cliff overlooking a stream than rubbing shoulders with 50,000 people at a sporting event. Crowded places are intimidating because there’s just too much going on.

7. Fall is the Greatest Time of the Year

Fall is hands-down your favorite season of the year. Gorgeous foliage, cool weather, less crowded trails, and the steady crunch of leaves beneath your feet are music to your ears. You also totally understand what people are talking about when they say fall has a scent. It’s difficult to describe, but you know that smell. It’s cool, relaxing, and unique.

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8. Communication is Sometimes Hard

Is your voicemail inbox filled with messages you haven’t yet had a chance to check? Outdoor enthusiasts are sometimes hard to get in touch with. After all, you sometimes leave your phone and email behind for days at a time. This can be frustrating for friends and family members, but it seems totally natural to you.

As someone who is enthusiastic about outdoor activities, it shouldn’t surprise you that people don’t always ‘get’ you. Well, the good news is that there are other people who understand what you’re all about. If these eight things sound familiar, you’re not alone!

Featured photo credit: Zach Dischner via flic.kr

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Anna Johansson

Anna is a freelance writer, researcher, and business consultant.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

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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