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6 Crazy Activities To Try This Weekend

6 Crazy Activities To Try This Weekend

Everyone always looks forward to the weekend, it signals the end of a long boring working week for most of us. Do you think about your weekend though and realize you have nothing fun planned and no ideas of what to fill your weekend with? Try something new! Have a look at these activities you should totally try this weekend.

1. Anti-Gravity Yoga

You might think hanging from the ceiling in a silk hammock and working out is further down on your list of things you want to do on the weekend, but it’s really accessible and a completely new way to experience yoga. It’s great for anyone whether you are a yoga master or just a beginner, although it isn’t suited for women who are pregnant. Anti-gravity yoga has advantages over standard yoga as it allows you to try out different positions called inversions which causes blood to rush to your head which is great for your thyroid and pituitary glands. The style of this kind of yoga also improves blood flow, can help to increase strength and flexibility, and will stretch out your spine. Find out locations all over the world here!

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2. Skydiving

If you enjoy thrill or just want to challenge yourself then skydiving is perfect for you, approximately 3.1 million skydives take place every year so why not be one of the 3.1 million!  People have been jumping from 15,000 feet since the 18th Century when a Frenchman called Andre Garnerin in fact jumped from a hot air balloon. Freefalling during a skydive can last anywhere between 45 seconds and 80 seconds and you could reach a speed of up to 130 mph. I recently did my first skydive in my home area of Cambridgeshire where the centre take a video of your dive for you! Definitely somewhere to check out if you’re in the UK.

3. Run 5K for Charity

Feeling charitable this weekend? Find a local fun run and sign up, get your friends involved and make them run with you (or walk, after all it is for fun). There are lots of different charities you can support and some races are specifically organized for certain charities. Not only are there a range of charities but there are also different types of runs you can take part in where you can dress up or get covered in colored powder on a color run.

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4. Zip Lining

Zooming along a zip-line in a beautiful location is an exhilarating way to spend part of your weekend, as there are over 700 zip-line courses worldwide you’ll be sure to find one near you. Is it great views you’re after? Then check these amazing zipline tours out. Worried about it being unsafe? Be assured that even though zip-line cable is only half an inch wide but it has a break strength of 22,000 pounds even an 8-ton male African elephant could hang from a zip-line and not break that cable (although he would probably be too big for the harness).

Just remember to make sure you wear the correct footwear when you go zip-lining and leave the flip flops at home because if your flip flop falls off the last thing everyone will want to do is waste valuable zip-lining time looking for your lonely sandal, don’t be that guy.

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5. Indoor Rock Climbing

If the weather isn’t looking excellent for your weekend or you don’t have access to a real cliff face to climb on (although this isn’t recommended unless you’re a rock climbing expert) then indoor rock climbing is your solution as the artificial structures are built to mimic the experience of climbing a real rock. When you go to a climbing centre there are lots of really helpful, experienced staff who will set you up with all of the safety equipment and spot you as you climb as you are always attached to a member of staff who will stop you from falling. With lots of different difficulties of walls to try, there will always be something for everyone to try.

6. Zorbing

Rolling down a hill while sealed inside a giant transparent inflated plastic orb, why not? Loads of companies offer fantastic zorbing experiences where they have their own custom built runs down different gradients and terrains of hill. If you’re not in to rolling down a hill at speed you could try the water alternative, still sealed inside the plastic ball you can then walk or roll around on water. Find out more about zorbing here!

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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