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8 Out Of This World Spas You NEED To Visit

8 Out Of This World Spas You NEED To Visit

Fancy whisking yourself away for a weekend of pure paradise, pampering and relaxation? Who could turn that down? It’s important to take out time from a busy schedule to completely ‘zone out’ and unplug from emails, social media and the stresses of daily life. Although, there might be an exception for the odd Instagram post to show off these amazing spas! It’s time to pack your slippers and your robe, because these destinations will have you booking quicker than you can say “massage”.

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    La Posidonia Spa

    Ibiza’s most impressive spa, with the most impressive views. Be prepared to have your breath taken away. With a cascading whirlpool in the mountains (yes, really!), known as the cascadas suspendidas, you will be at 180m above sea level soaking up the sun and relaxing in the bubbles. Take in the sights of the sea and sky, and casually let the world go by. When you can eventually drag yourself out of that heavenly position, why not enjoy one of the spa’s specialist massages? You’ll never want to leave.

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      The Spa at Canyon Ranch

      Want to truly escape the hustle and bustle? Why not head to a 150 acre ranch set in the scenic Arizona Mountains? More specifically the Santa Catalina Mountains, where you can embrace nature and the peacefulness away from city life and polluted air. Health is at the heart of this spa, and you can choose to also participate in the extensive range of daily classes, or if the sauna and steam room are more your thing, then of course there’s plenty of opportunities to relax!

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        Viceroy Sugar Beach Spa

        Based in St. Lucia and widely regarded as the island’s ‘spiritual heart’, this tropical paradise is truly what dreams are made of. Set amongst lush foliage and soaring mountains, guests will feel totally relaxed and can easily clock out of their usual worries and stresses. There are plenty of stunning views to enjoy, and treatments that will pamper your body. The relaxing royal bamboo massage definitely sounds interesting.

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          The Spa at Bedford Lodge

          Set in a traditional British Georgian building, this spa has tranquility at its heart. Offering relaxing spa days and weekends, it’s the perfect countryside escape in the heart of Suffolk. Take advantage of the impressive hydrotherapy pool and make the most of the range of treatments on offer, from hot stone massages to an exfoliating salt and oil scrub. In the summer, enjoy a relaxing long lunch or afternoon tea on the spa terrace and breathe in that clear countryside air.

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            The Spa at the Royal Mansour

            Feel like true royalty in this visually stunning Moroccan spa. A true paradise, the spa describes their guests stays as a ‘spiritual journey’. The spa is a neutral haven of pure white, and offers magnificent marble interiors and traditional Moroccan design. There are ten spa cabins in total, offering an array of luxurious treatments from hydrotherapy to specialist massages.

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              Lefay Resort and Spa

              With the stunning backdrop of Lake Garda, the mountain views and lush greenery to be found here are hard to beat. Based within 11 hectares of Natural Park, the surrounding view is rich in olive trees, gentle hills and woodlands overlooking a stunning natural lake. You can really be at one with nature at this gorgeous spa, and enjoy their menu of  treatments perfect for unwinding. Definitely a location to add to the list.

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                Les Sources De Caudalie

                Located in the French city of Bordeaux, Les Sources De Caudalie was designed by famous architect Yves Collect and is built with mainly stone and wood, giving it a natural and calming feel. The spa has its own private lake, and offers various activities for its guests as well as exclusive spa treatments. Enjoy a scenic bike ride, walking tour, or a wine your; yep, the wine tour sounds more like my kind of tour.

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                  Blue Lagoon Spa

                  One of the world’s natural wonders and must visit sights is Iceland’s Blue Lagoon. The exclusive spa offers unique in-water lagoon massages, and plenty of other treatments. Powered by 100% clean geothermal energy, this is one location that will truly astound you. It can get busy though, especially in peak tourist season so try and get there as early as possible to truly soak it all up.

                  Who could possibly resist booking a relaxing spa weekend after seeing these beautiful retreats?

                  Featured photo credit: Bedford Lodge Spa via bedfordlodgehotelspa.co.uk

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                  Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                  How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                  How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                  You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                  We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                  The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                  Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                  1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                  Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                  For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                  • (1) Research
                  • (2) Deciding the topic
                  • (3) Creating the outline
                  • (4) Drafting the content
                  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                  • (6) Revision
                  • (7) etc.

                  Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                  2. Change Your Environment

                  Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                  One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                  3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                  Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                  Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                  My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                  Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                  4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                  If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                  Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                  I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                  5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                  I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                  Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                  As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                  6. Get a Buddy

                  Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                  I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                  7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                  This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                  For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                  8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                  What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                  9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                  If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                  Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                  10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                  Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                  Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                  11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                  At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                  Reality check:

                  I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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