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9 Interesting Ways To Reuse Your Unwanted Christmas Tree

9 Interesting Ways To Reuse Your Unwanted Christmas Tree

Are you unsure what to do with your old Christmas tree? Many people throw away their unwanted Christmas trees, but there are much more practical ways of getting rid of your Christmas tree. You can use your unwanted Christmas tree to improve your garden, create spaces for your pets, or even help out at the beach.

Check out 9 things you can do with your unwanted Christmas tree here.

1. Bird house or bird feeder

Your unwanted Christmas tree is useful to birds in more ways than one: you can use the tree to build a bird house or a bird feeder. Use the largest pieces of wood to build a bird house to put in a tree in your garden, or make a bird feeder with suet. Birds love suet, especially just after Christmas when the weather is cold and their food sources are limited. Drill out the trunk to create an effective bird feeder!

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    2. Garden wood chippings

    You can use your unwanted Christmas tree to improve your garden in many different ways. You can use a wood chipper to create wood chippings for your garden to brighten up any garden beds or features you have. You could also consider creating garden pathway edges with the leftover wood.

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      3. Mulch

      Your Christmas tree can do wonders for your garden; you can use the old needles to make mulch for your garden, and you can compost the branches. Mulch is great for your garden as it improves the fertility of your soil, reduces weed growth and it conserves moisture. Many companies will be happy to mulch your tree for a small fee.

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        4. Cat tree

        You can reuse the wood from your Christmas tree to build a cat tree for your cat. Trim away the branches and use only large branches. This is a great idea as your cat was probably already using your Christmas Tree as a cat tree!

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          5. Fish habitat

          You can use your unwanted Christmas tree to create a beautiful habitat for your fish. In the wild, many branches fall into ponds and lakes, offering protection to the fish in the water. You can put the smaller branches into the tank to give your fish a place to hide and relax. Make sure the branches are fully clean before you put them in the tank.

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            6. Pathway edgers and garden bridges

            If you have the spare time you can use your unwanted Christmas tree to totally transform your garden. Think big; you could build a small bridge to cross a pond, or a garden bench for you and your family during the summer. You could also use the wood for trellising and staking your garden.

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              7. Firewood

              After a month of drying out in your home your Christmas tree is extremely flammable, as they have very little moisture left in them to help supress flames. Use this to your advantage by cutting your Christmas tree down into firewood for your fireplace – or you could even have a bonfire in your back garden!

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                8. Dune restoration

                You may not have considered this, but it is a great idea if you live near the beach. You can use your unwanted Christmas tree as a dune restoration tree. Trees are often used on the beach to trap sand to rebuild damaged dunes and banks. This is a helpful and useful way to reuse your Christmas tree!

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                  9. Recycle it!

                  It is much better to recycle your old tree, rather than throw it away. Many places have a Christmas tree pick-up day, so contact your waste and recycling companies to see if they offer a day. If not you can take your old tree to the local recycling point. Remember to remove all of the decorations before you recycle your Christmas tree!

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                    10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

                    10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

                    Plato knew that the body and mind are intimately linked. And in the late 1800s, the Mayo brothers, famous physicians, estimated that over half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from frustration, anxiety, worry and despair. Causes of worry are everywhere, in our relationships and our jobs, so it’s key we find ways to take charge of the stress.

                    In his classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie offers tools to ditch excessive worrying that help you make a worry-free environment for your private and professional life.

                    These are the top 10 tips to grab worry by the horns and wrestle it to the ground:

                    1. Make Your Decision and Never Look Back

                    Have you ever made a decision in life only to second-guess it afterwards? Of course you have! It’s hard not to wonder whether you’ve done the right thing and whether there might still be time to take another path.

                    But keep this in mind: you’ve already made your decision, so act decisively on it and dismiss all your anxiety about it.

                    Don’t stop to hesitate, to reconsider, or to retrace your steps. Once you’ve chosen a course of action, stick to it and never waver.

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                    2. Live for Today, Package Things up in “Day-Tight Compartments”

                    You know that feeling: tossing, turning and worrying over something that happened or something that might, well into the wee hours. To avoid this pointless worrying, you need “day-tight compartments”. Much as a ship has different watertight compartments, your own “day-tight” ones are a way to limit your attention to the present day.

                    The rule is simple: whatever happened in the past or might happen in the future must not intrude upon today. Everything else has to wait its turn for tomorrow’s box or stay stuck in the past.

                    3. Embrace the Worst-Case Scenario and Strategize to Offset It

                    If you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Could you lose your job? Be jailed? Get killed?

                    Whatever the “worst” might be, it’s probably not so world-ending. You could probably even bounce back from it!

                    If, for example, you lose your job, you could always find another. Once you accept the worst-case scenario and get thinking about contingency plans, you’ll feel calmer.

                    4. Put a Lid on Your Worrying

                    Sometimes we stress endlessly about negative experiences when just walking away from them would serve us far better.

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                    To make squashing that worry easier, try this strategy, straight from stock traders: it’s called the “stop-loss” order, where shares are bought at a certain price, and then their price development is observed. If things go badly and the share price hits a certain point, they are sold off immediately. This stops the loss from increasing further.

                    In the same manner, you can put a stop-loss order on things that cause you stress and grief.

                    5. Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Happiness, That Is

                    We can’t directly influence how we feel, but we can nudge ourselves to change through how we think and act.

                    If you’re feeling sad or low, slap a big grin on your face and whistle a chipper tune. You’ll find it impossible to be blue when acting cheerful. But you don’t necessarily need to act outwardly happy; you can simply think happier thoughts instead.

                    Marcus Aurelius summed it up aptly:

                    “Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

                    6. Give for the Joy of Giving

                    When we perform acts of kindness, we often do so with the expectation of gratitude. But harboring such expectations will probably leave you disappointed.

                    One person well aware of this fact was the lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Over the course of his career, Leibowitz saved 78 people from going to the electric chair. Guess how many thanked him? None.

                    So stop expecting gratitude when you’re kind to someone. Instead, take joy from the act yourself.

                    7. Dump Envy – Enjoy Being Uniquely You

                    Your genes are completely unique. Even if someone had the same parents as you, the likelihood of someone identical to you being born is just one in 300,000 billion.

                    Despite this amazing fact, many of us long to be someone else, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But living your life this way is pointless. Embrace your uniqueness and get comfortable with who you really are: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

                    8. Haters Will Hate — It Just Means You’re Doing It Right

                    When you’re criticized, it often means you’re accomplishing something noteworthy. In fact, let’s take it a step further and consider this: the more you’re criticized, the more influential and important a person you likely are.

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                    So the next time somebody talks you down, don’t let it get to you. Take it as a compliment!

                    9. Chill Out! Learn to Rest Before You Get Tired

                    Scientists agree that emotions are the most common cause of fatigue. And it works the other way around, too: fatigue produces more worries and negative emotions.

                    It should be clear, therefore, that you’ve got to relax regularly before you feel tired. Otherwise, worries and fatigue will accumulate on top of each other.

                    It’s impossible to worry when you are relaxed, and regular rest helps you maintain your ability to work effectively.

                    10. Get Organized and Enjoy Your Work

                    There are few greater sources of misery in life than having to work, day in, day out, in a job you despise. It would make sense then that you shouldn’t pick a job you hate, or even just dislike doing.

                    But say you already have a job. How can you make it more enjoyable and worry-free? One way is to stay organized: a desk full of unanswered mails and memos is sure to breed worries.

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                    Better yet, rethink about the job you’re doing: What to Do When You Hate Your Job but Want a Successful Career

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