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How To Cliff Jump Without Getting Hurt: Dos And Don’ts

How To Cliff Jump Without Getting Hurt: Dos And Don’ts

Extreme sport is not for the weak: Requirements include the ability to fall down. If you’re going cliff diving you’re likely in the mood for adventure, or have been drinking near a cliff. In the event that you decide to jump off said cliff here are some Dos and Don’ts for safe cliff diving. Unless you’re a professional or highly experienced, a tremendous cliff is not advisable. You have been warned, but just like the advisory of Miranda Rights you may not have the ability to adhere to recommended guidelines.

Leap of faith: look before you jump

Look before you jump. If you don’t, you can be the guy that plows into your friend in the water and ruins the trip. Did I mention you should bring friends? And that there should be water at the bottom? You would think that would be obvious but you’re the one doing a cliff jump right? Take a survey of the surrounding area and closely inspect the landing zone. If the water is too murky to see from your cliff jumping spot then you should inspect it first.

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Water depth

Make sure the water is deep enough and that you’ve secured the cooler at the top of the cliff. This may be a remote area, but there could be hikers that want your precious hard iced tea. If you jump with a beverage, make sure the top is on it. I know that your beer doesn’t have a top. This means you shouldn’t jump with it in your hand. Try taking a drink of it, now remember that you left your things on the cliff and you and all your friends are in the water.

Be safe and aware

You’re not in this for the chicks are you? Okay, if she’s watching you better be sure you really want to jump. Please also be advised that however many ads you saw for your phone that say that it’s water proof they have all lied to you. Better leave it somewhere safe. Being focused on the jump and aware of your surroundings is very important. Be aware of Dave at all times, the one that likes to push people off the cliff because he’s either to impatient and can’t wait for his turn, or he’s just a moron.

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Always feet first

You should always dive feet first, over 90% of professional divers do this on their jumps. Safety is the most important thing during your fun. So remember feet first, just like this tourist here. It should be known without me having to mention it, that if you’re going to jump from a very high place into water it will hurt if you land straight on your face. Dive feet first to prevent this, and also to prevent landing your face into an unseen rock underwater.

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    This looks like it will hurt.

    Don’t panic

    When you’re in the air try to avoid thoughts like “Oh No! I’m going to die!” or “Is the water really deep enough?”. You should enjoy your time spent in the air. So just a recap, don’t panic, stay cool and try not to yell like a pre-pubescent girl as you’re falling. If you’ve never dove before I can’t explain it to you in just one sentence, but you need to break the water clean with a nice entry point and keep a rigid pose. Be aware also of your voyage underwater, try to steer parallel to the water after entry as much as you can, or just away from sharp pointy rocks.

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    Spots to try

    There are some prime locations on island nations, and I would recommend the ones that are in warmer climates. However if you’re looking for something closer, then you might want to comb a beach for a nice area to jump from. Rivers can always be prime for jumping as well. You can bet that there are good cliffs to dive from.

    Featured photo credit: katie moley via tourismontheedge.com

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    Last Updated on July 23, 2019

    5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

    5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

    In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

    Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

    How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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    • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
    • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
    • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
    • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
    • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
    • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

    When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

    1. Realize You’re Not Alone

    Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

    2. Find What Inspires You

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    Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

    On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

    3. Give Yourself a Break

    When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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    Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

    4. Shake up Your Routines

    Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

    Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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    When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

    5. Start with a Small Step

    Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

    Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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