8 Things You Can Do to Help Settle Into A New Area

8 Things You Can Do to Help Settle Into A New Area

You’ve moved into your home and are ready to begin your new life. It’s time to let go of the past and open up to learning about the community around you. Look at the area as a place to explore. You can now discover stores you like, restaurants that appeal to you, and learn about the local events that take place during the year and more. It is now time to start the process of settling into your new location

1. If you have kids, volunteer at their school.

If you have children, it will take them time to adjust to a new school. You may want to consider volunteering for some school activities. This will enable you to learn more about the school. It’s also a great way to meet people involved with the school. What you learn will also help your children. This is a good way to get connected with the community.


2. Host a housewarming party for all of your new neighbors and coworkers.

Your neighbors may have good intentions but still not find the time to come and make your acquaintance, so don’t take it personally. Instead, have a housewarming party. This is a fun and effective way to get to know your neighbors. You can also invite the people from your new workplace as well as the parents of your children’s new friends.

To prevent anyone feeling obligated to bring a gift, write on the invitation that you will provide food and ask only that they bring a card listing their favorite places in the community.


3. Look into local classes and clubs.

If you have a hobby, there is a good chance someone in your new neighborhood also has the same hobby. It’s possible there will even be a club dedicated to it. If you don’t have a hobby, it may be time to find a listing of the different clubs in your area and check out something that interests you. This is a good way to meet new people and develop new friendships with like-minded people.

4. Read local publications.

When you first move into a new area, it is best to read as many local periodicals as possible. Many are available for free in front of retail stores, restaurants and more. And, since it is 2016, there are likely to be a lot of local sites online. These publications provide a huge amount of information about an area. Everything from local events, accomplishments of residents, political issues facing the area and more.


5. Ask your movers for tips and resources.

Some places also have community centers that provide newsletters. You can also check with your moving company, or companies in the area, as they will often have information on local areas, and advice for settling in quickly. For example, if you are moving to New York, all you have to do is perform a quick Google search for “moving company New York” to see what’s out there.

6. Volunteer in the community.

Every community has a need for volunteers. This could be everything from helping to clear paths at local parks, assisting in setting up community events, tending to community gardens and more. Volunteering is an excellent way to experience your new community. You will meet others, and you’ll end up learning quite a bit about the new place where you live.


7. Get around and explore the area.

With the help of modern technology, it’s easy to access a map and spend time discovering places in your new community.  Check out the local monuments, historic homes and more. This is also a good way to find the quickest routes around your new area. There are always shortcuts that can’t be found using a map. It’s a great way to discover shops and businesses that are excellent but don’t have big name recognition.

8. Just get out and talk to people.

Many people struggle to move out of their comfort level and speak with people they do not know, but most people are happy to get to know someone new. Speaking with people in a new neighborhood can happen as you walk down the street. You can comment on a gardener’s flowers, complement a pet owner’s dog or even ask for directions. Try to remember this is all part of settling into a new place.

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10 Benefits of Sleeping Naked You Probably Didn’t Know

10 Benefits of Sleeping Naked You Probably Didn’t Know

Sleeping is one of the most important things we do every night.

Getting the right amount of sleep has an untold number of health benefits and not getting enough sleep is a serious problem in many countries around the world.

So you should have heard of the many benefits of getting adequate sleep, but did you know that you can get additional benefits by sleeping naked?

Here are some benefits of sleeping in the nude:


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1. It is easier.

When you don’t have to worry about sleeping in clothes, things start to get easier. You don’t have to buy pajamas, which can save you money. You have less clothes to wash and less clothes to put away. You may have to clean your bed sheets more often, but not nearly as often as you’d have to wash your pajamas when you run out.

2. It forces you to be ready to go more often.

Some people get off of work, change into their pajamas, and use this as an excuse to stay home the rest of the evening. This can lead to a more sedentary lifestyle, which has been attributed to things like weight gain.[1] When you keep your regular clothes on, you tend to go out more often and that’s a good thing.

3. It can make you feel happier and more free.

Just imagine the feeling of laying in bed naked. You’re free of your pants and underwear. Women, you’re not wearing a constrictive bra. It’s just you sandwiched between two cool sheets. The feeling just makes you want to smile and it makes you feel more free. Everyone can use that kind of good feeling every now and then, and it may even help you be happier as a person.

4. Skin-on-skin contact is the best.


    If you’re married, or living with your significant other, sleeping naked gives a greater chance of skin-on-skin contact, especially when it comes to cuddling. This kind of contact can also lead to a more active sex life. All of this releases copious amounts of oxytocin, which is the neurotransmitter that helps you feel those good feelings about your significant other.[2]

    5. It could lead to better sleep.

    Let’s revisit the scenario I described above. There are no drawstrings or clothes getting tangled in sheets. You don’t have to worry about shirts getting twisted. All of these distractions go away when you sleep naked and it may help you get better, deeper sleep. You don’t need science to tell you that better, deeper sleep only helps you be healthier.

    6. It can help your skin.

    For once your body gets to breathe. Your private parts, armpits, and feet are generally restricted all day and are often covered by multiple layers, even in the summer time. Give those parts a chance to air out and breathe. This can lower the risk of skin diseases, like athlete’s foot, that result from wet, restricted skin.[3]

    7. It helps you regulate your cortisol.

    Cortisol is a very strange chemical in the body but it can do a lot of damage. When you sleep naked, it helps keep your body temperature at the optimal ranges so your body can better create cortisol. If you sleep overheated your cortisol levels tend to stay high, even after you wake up. This can lead to increased anxiety, cravings for bad food, weight gain, and more terrible things.[4] Sleep naked so you can keep your body temperature down and sleep well so your body can properly produce and regulate cortisol.


    8. It balances your melatonin and growth hormone.

    Continuing along that same vein, keeping your sleeping environment below 70 degrees (F) every night can help your body regulate its melatonin and growth hormone levels. These chemicals help the body do things like prevent aging and are essential to good health. When you sleep in clothes, your body heats up and prevents effective use of these hormones. In other words, sleeping with clothes on makes you grow old faster.

    9. It can keep your sex organs happier.

    For men, the cooler sleeping conditions allows your testes to remain at a cooler temperature. This helps keep your sperm healthy and your reproductive systems functioning as normal. For women, the cooler and more airy sleeping conditions can actually help prevent yeast infections. Yeast grows better in warm, moist conditions.[5] When it’s cooler and dryer, the growth of yeast is prevented.

    10. Sleeping in the summer is more bearable.

      Summertime is a tricky time to get good sleep. If you don’t have air conditioning, then you may find your bedroom a bit stuffy at night.


      Shedding those bedtime clothes can help the bedroom feel more comfortable. You may even be able to turn the A/C off on those cooler nights, which can save you a few bucks on your electricity bill.

      Don’t wake up drenched in sweat again because your thermostat is downstairs and the hot air expands up to your bedroom where the thermostat can’t read the warm temperatures.

      Sleep well with your naked body!

      With these tips in mind, it’s time to start taking off your clothes at night!

      Of course, there are times where clothes are preferable. If you are ill or it’s cold outside, then you should sleep with clothes on to help you stay warm and prevent further illness. Otherwise, go commando!

      If you’re looking for more tips to sleep well and get up feeling energetic, I recommend you to check out this guide:

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