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10 Cool Things We All Need To Have In Our Backyards

10 Cool Things We All Need To Have In Our Backyards

Your backyard is your own little piece of the outdoors. How you decorate your slice of paradise can have a big effect on how much you enjoy your time spent outside.

These 10 cool things you need to have in your backyard will make the exterior of your home a place that you, and your family and friends, will never want to leave.

1. A Summer Kitchen

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    A summer kitchen does more than help you spend more time outside in the warmest months of the year — it helps keep the interior of your home spick and span when you throw outdoor parties. Include a refrigerator, grill, cabinetry, and plenty of counter space to ensure that you don’t have to perform tasks inside while your friends and family are enjoying the outdoors.

    2. An Extra-Large Hammock

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      Forget about fighting over the hammock on every beautiful day. An extra-large hammock makes it possible for your family to relax in the shade together. There are a wide selection of jumbo hammocks available, ranging from those that fit two people to those that can hold more than 1,000 pounds of weight.

      3. An Outdoor Projector Screen

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        Cramming onto the couch to watch a movie is now a thing of the past. You can now invite all of your family and friends over to watch a movie together on your jumbo outdoor projector screen. Don’t forget to supply plenty of lawn chairs for everyone to enjoy the show.

        4. A Special Reading Nook

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          Turn your backyard into a tropical paradise with a sheltered reading nook that you can enjoy in all types of weather. Pack the nook with plenty of pillows or comfortable reading chairs to inspire everyone to spend more time with their books.

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          5. Fire Pit Swings

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            It’s hard not to want to spend more time together when you have comfortable wooden swings dangling the perfect length from the warmth of the fire. Fire pit swings ensure no one is forced to sit on dirty logs or in uncomfortable lawn chairs during gatherings around the pit. Even better, you can use this awesome backyard feature in all seasons.

            6. An In-Ground Trampoline

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              What’s better than growing up with a trampoline in your backyard? Growing up with an in-ground trampoline in your backyard. The in-ground trampoline makes it easy to hop onto and off of the trampoline and eliminates injuries associated with falling several feet off the side.

              7. An Outdoor Shower

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                You don’t have to live near the ocean to enjoy an outdoor shower; although, you’ll love being able to rinse the salt away if you do. An outdoor shower is ideal for rinsing off after long summer days playing outside in the grass or the pool. Opt for a waterfall shower head and surrounding tropical plants to make your outdoor shower feel like a special oasis.

                8. The Ultimate Swing Set

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                  Swing sets have gotten far more elaborate in recent years, and many don’t require you to be a kid to have some fun. Choose a play set with a full climbing wall, zip line, rope ladder, or other features to turn your backyard into an action-packed obstacle course.

                  9. A Backyard Stream

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                    You don’t have to live in the mountains to enjoy the luxury of a stream flowing through your backyard. There are a number of websites available to help you build a do-it-yourself backyard stream with your own water supply and items you can find at most hardware stores. When the stream is finished, you’ll enjoy the benefits of a more scenic backyard atmosphere and the soothing sound of flowing water.

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                    10. A Cocoon Hanging Chair

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                      Cocoon hanging chairs are some of the coolest places you can hang out. These hanging swings are designed for children and adults, providing shade and a comfortable place to relax outdoors. Their nest-like appearance is fun for kids playing or adults lounging, and the compact design of some models means you can take your chair out of your backyard and use it for other outdoor adventures like beach vacations and camping excursions.

                      Featured photo credit: Nan Palmero via c2.staticflickr.com

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                      Last Updated on November 3, 2020

                      What Is FOMO (And How to Get Over It and Move on)

                      What Is FOMO (And How to Get Over It and Move on)

                      What is FOMO, exactly?

                      Are you unable to say “no” to a party invitation, even if you have work to do? Do you feel like an outsider if you don’t see the hottest Hollywood movie everyone is talking about? Do you feel that you have to buy the latest and hottest “making money online” information product because everyone else is doing so?

                      If you have been in these or similar situations before, you have just experienced FOMO. Social networking has exacerbated this problem and made it something we now have to actively combat.

                      In this article, we’ll look into what FOMO is and how to get over it.

                      What Is FOMO?

                      I learned about FOMO by reading a book Find Your Focus Zone by Lucy Jo Palladino. In that book, she described FOMO with an everyday example: Have you ever felt that you had to pick up the cell phone right away when it rings?

                      The longer the phone rings, the more and more you experience the fear of missing out (FOMO). You feel that there is something important you are about to miss if you don’t pick up the phone immediately.

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                      The most important element in FOMO is the word “fear,” It makes us to do things even when we necessarily don’t want to. It’s logic versus emotion: When a compelling option is presented to us, we feel like an outsider if we say “no” to that. We may even fear that we’ll miss the opportunity of a lifetime if we say “no.”

                      At the same time, we know that we probably shouldn’t say “yes” because we may be spreading ourselves too thin. Also, there are going to be plenty of other opportunities out there, so missing this one probably won’t make a difference after all.

                      Symptoms of FOMO

                      When you are a victim of the fear of missing out, you are going to experience at least one of the following:

                      Procrastinating — Being Unfocused and Stressed

                      It’s obvious that when the temptation to say “yes” to a request is too big, you accept yet another task or project.

                      In practice, you are spreading yourself too thin. Not only are you stressed out by too many activities in your life, but it increases the likelihood for procrastination. This is because you cannot keep up with your schedule and you start finding excuses for not doing something you promised.

                      Losing Money

                      Sometimes you don’t want to feel like being an outsider in a group by making different decisions than the rest of the people.

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                      For example, I have been in internet marketing circles for a couple of years, and every time there is a big product launch coming, there is a lot of buzz around it.

                      Since this “next shiny object” is probably going to make you rich and famous overnight, you don’t want to miss out. If you do, others are going to be rich and famous, not you.

                      Unfortunately, in many situations like these, nothing groundbreaking is going to happen after all (no fame, no money, just hard work). It is yet another product launch, which is going to waste your money if FOMO gets a hold on you.

                      Feeling Overwhelmed

                      Being overwhelmed is one of the symptoms of fear of missing out. When you are unable to say “no,” feeling overwhelmed is destined to happen at some point.

                      There is just too much going on at the same time, and you are unable to focus on anything properly.

                      How to Get Over FOMO

                      There are certain things you can do when you experience FOMO.[1]

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                      What Does FOMO Mean and How Do I Deal With It?

                         

                        1. Be Aware of It

                        The first thing is to be aware of the feeling. Stop for a moment and acknowledge when you are having a feeling of FOMO.

                        Understand that this is a natural (although undesirable) way of reacting in a certain situation. We all wish we could say “yes” all the time, but we’re only human.

                        2. Be Honest With Yourself and Others

                        Honesty is one of the best ways to deal with the situation.

                        First, you have to be honest to yourself: If you say “yes,” you have to understand that you may be spreading yourself too thin.

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                        Second, it is also important to be honest with others, too. They have to be aware that you may not be 100% committed to their requests if you have plenty of action going on at the same time.

                        3. Make a Quick Decision Regarding the Situation

                        One of the worst things you can do is be on the fence. As long as something is left undecided, it is using your brain capacity for nothing.

                        That’s why it is imperative to say “no” to an opportunity as quickly as possible if you feel you are unable to commit to it 100%.

                        When you say “no,” you may even regret your decision at first. On the other hand, if you are meant to experience the opportunity at all, it will come available to you at a later time.

                        4. Change Your Perspective

                        Lastly, one step in defeating the FOMO is to see if a situation or event supports your short or long term goals.If it doesn’t, it’s likely better for you to get off social media sites that can increase FOMO and say no. Instead, focus on everything you have to be grateful for in life at this moment. Try spending time with friends and family and improve the important relationships in your life. These are the things that you’ll really regret missing out on and what will ultimately improve your life satisfaction.

                        The Bottom Line

                        FOMO can lead you to distraction and can push you to do things you really don’t care about. However, there is a way to overcome the fear. Once you learn to handle it, you will feel better and will feel ready to take on more things that add genuine fulfillment to your life.

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                        Reference

                        [1] Very Well Mind: How to Deal With FOMO in Your Life

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