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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”.

la posidonia

    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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    canyon ranch spa

      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.

            lefay resort

              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 January 15, 2019

                  8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                  8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                  In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                  Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                  Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                  Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                  Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                  The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                  There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                  How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                  According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                  Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                  Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                  The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                  Listen carefully:

                  We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                  The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                  Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                  8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                  There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                  Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                  1. Pray Daily

                  You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                  When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                  Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                  Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                  2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                  A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                  By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                  Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                  If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                  This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                  How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                  3. Smile Often

                  Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                  Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                  Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                  The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                  4. Organize Your Working Desk

                  A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                  When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                  Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                  Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                  5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                  I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                  Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                  What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                  6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                  God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                  I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                  I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                  7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                  You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                  How do you do that? This is my formula:

                  First, go to my website (find my website here in my profile) and take the smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                  If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                  If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                  If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                  Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                  8. Go Exercise

                  Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                  The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                  You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                  12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                  The Bottom Line

                  It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                  It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                  Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

                  More Resources About Mindfulness

                  Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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