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You Know You’re From California When…

You Know You’re From California When…

California is the land of sunshine, beaches, and In-N-Out. Not only does it boast being one of the most popular states in the country, but it also has some definite quirks that truly define it. Those who are from California hold it in a fond place within their hearts, and there are some traits that band them all together.

Aside from actually having been born in California, there are some pretty obvious signs that you are from the infamous Golden State. You get extra points for being from Southern California.

Here are ten signs you are from California:

You know you’re from California when. . .

1. WHAT IS RAIN?!

It’s pretty true that those from California get super excited when it rains. We’re just not quite sure how to handle that wet stuff falling from the sky. What do we do??? Drivers end up not really knowing to handle the slick roads, hydroplaning is constantly taking place, and pretty much everyone has their phones out to take pictures. It’s just that weird.

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2. You can go to the beach in the winter.

Not only are you able to go the beach during the months when everyone else is bundled up in every coat, scarf, and flannel shirt they own, but you go repeatedly. If you’re from San Diego, you also know the beach doesn’t really look anything like it does in the brochures. Still, most people don’t complain about it pretty much being summer year-round.

3. Fire is not really surprising.

Summer means everything is going to be on fire. It happens every single year, and is no longer even surprising or shocking. The warm weather and Santa Ana winds combine to create the perfect recipe for wildfires. A careless driver flicks a cigarette butt out the window on the freeway, and fires are spreading a few moments later.

4. You love Animal Style Fries.

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California is the home of In-N-Out, and pretty much everyone loves Animal Style Fries. When you move away from California, you will still crave In-N-Out. No other burger joint will be able to fill that void in your heart – or in your stomach.

5. You rarely wear a jacket.

The mornings may be cold, but you will dying of heat stroke once it hits noon. It’s easier to not wear one, than to have to carry it around with you the rest of the day. In fact, you probably don’t really own a thick jacket at all. Your jackets are cute, but not all that functional.

6. You say “P.E.” instead of “Gym.”

This class also takes place outside. It’s only inside if it’s raining, and then you just know you’re going to be playing Dodgeball.

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7. April 20th is the unofficial Ditch Day at your school.

Even the teachers expect smaller class sizes on that day. It’s just accepted.

8. Winter means a couple days of rain.

You have never, ever had a snow day. In fact, it’s not all that weird to have never seen snow.You have to drive up north to a special location, such as Big Bear, in order to see snow. It just doesn’t happen, especially in Southern California.

9. ‘Governator’. 

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Enough said.

10. Everything around you is expensive.

Rent, auto insurance, and even clothes are priced higher in California than they are elsewhere throughout the country.
Most things are at least twice as expensive in California than it is anywhere else.

Bonus: You caught yourself nodding in agreement as you read this list.

This list is especially applicable to those from Southern California, though they’re fairly common traits throughout the entire Golden State. There is a reason that has been the official nickname since 1968, after all!

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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.

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