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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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Featured photo credit: Dollar Photo Club via dollarphotoclub.com

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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