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6 Products That Will Make You Feel Like You’re Somewhere Tropical

6 Products That Will Make You Feel Like You’re Somewhere Tropical

Not everyone has access to palm trees and blue waters on a regular basis, but what if certain products could make you feel like you’re relaxing somewhere tropical without leaving home? According to Mental Health America, relaxation has numerous benefits, such as decreasing blood pressure, relieving pain, and improving both the immune system and cardiovascular system. You should always put aside time for relaxing, even if it’s not while lounging on the beach. Here are some products that will make you feel pretty close to it.

1. Beachfront Cocktail Shaker

Beachfront Cocktail Shaker

    (Photo by Rug & Home)

    There’s nothing better than a refreshing cocktail, especially one that comes from a beach-inspired shaker. Whether you’re outside in the sun or relaxing indoors, this piece will help you to feel like you’re being served in paradise. Fill it with a mojito, piña colada, margarita, or another drink of your choice, then sit back and enjoy!

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    2. Artificial Palm Trees

    artificial palm tree

      (Photo by Silk Plants Direct)

      Artificial palm trees don’t have real coconuts growing on them, but they’re just as nice to look at. You can feel the tropical vibes inside and outside because artificial palm trees are suitable for both environments. Whether you are using it for shade or to bring some tropical nature into your home, an artificial palm tree is an ideal choice!

      3. Tropical Scented Candles

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      Yankee Candle

        (Photo by Yankee Candle)

        You don’t have to be somewhere tropical to enjoy tropical scents. There are candles that were created to specifically smell like the beach and other summer-inspired smells, such as summer fruits and flowers. Plus, candles can be used for calming purposes. Curl up with a good book, like you would on the beach, and take in the scent of a tropical candle!

        4. Banana Boat Spray Oil

        Banana Boat

          (Photo by Banana Boat)

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          Banana Boat’s spray oil is known for its fragrance of banana, carrot, and coconut. If you’re outside soaking up the sun and want to feel more like you’re having a tropical experience, apply some Banana Boat spray oil. Not only can its scents be found in the tropics, it will help you to get that sun-kissed tan. It’s important to stay cautious when outside in the sun. This oil comes in SPF 8 and 15, so consider your skin before using this, or use additional sunblock along with it.

          5. Pink Flamingos

          pink flamingo

            (Photo by Dollar Tree)

            Chances are, your backyard will never have pink flamingos walking around, but they would provide that tropical feel you’re looking for. Pink plastic flamingos aren’t as exotic as the real deal, but using them as backyard decor is a fun way to pretend you’re somewhere other than home. They will also add some spice to your next summer gathering!

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            6. Tropical Pool Floats

            pool float

              (Photo by Leslie’s Swimming Pool Supplies)

              If you have access to a pool, floating around in a tropical pool float will make the experience that much better. Choose a pink flamingo to go with your backyard decor, an island-inspired float, a dolphin, or any other float that reminds you of something tropical. You can find them at your local pool supply store.

              These products are all fabulous when they’re solo, but they’re even better when they’re paired up with other products on the list. Whether you decide to look into every product or just a few of your favorites, you’ll be on your way to feeling like you’re somewhere tropical. After all, each of these products were created with either the summer or warm weather in mind. Get ready to relax — the destination is your choice. It may take a little imagination, but at least you have these products as a start.

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              Last Updated on February 15, 2019

              Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

              Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

              In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

              And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

              Why is goal setting important?

              1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

              Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

              For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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              Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

              After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

              So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

              2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

              The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

              The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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              We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

              What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

              3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

              We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

              Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

              But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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              What you truly want and need

              Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

              Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

              Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

              When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

              Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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              Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

              Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

              Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

              The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

              It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

              Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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