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Forget the Spa – 5 Killer Days out with the Girls

Forget the Spa – 5 Killer Days out with the Girls

When you think of a day out with the girls it’s normal to think of relaxing activities such as a spa day or an afternoon tea but isn’t that too predictable? Are you getting set in your ways? It could be time to shake up your life, step in to the unknown and try something totally different for a day?

Wouldn’t it be great to answer the question, ‘What are you doing this weekend?’ with ‘I’m white water rafting’! How impressive and how exhilarating, you’ll finally have something exciting to talk about at your next dinner party! Read on for our top tips on how to take your life to another level.

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    1. Trampoline in a cave

    Now I know this sounds a bit odd but we all know what fun we used to have trampolining as a child so imagine having this experience in a cave? This is a great excuse to travel to stunning North Wales where a disused slate mine has been transformed into a giant playground called Bounce Below with three huge trampolines.

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    To add to the fun, you reach the trampolines by train and each is linked by an 18.28m slide. So you’re having fun, excitement and doing something totally different with your best mates and think of the energy you’ll expend with all that activity, not to mention the freedom you will feel as memories of childhood come flooding back. This has got to be better than the usual get together over a glass of Pinot?

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      2. Sky diving

      Are you afraid of heights? Then face your fears and get ready for a great day out and one you will never forget! Think about it, you will be joining the ranks of extreme sports enthusiasts – that’s something to brag about! One of the most accessible adrenaline sports, tandem skydiving is a safe way of stepping outside your comfort zone and a great way to view your local area from a different perspective!

      You can jump close to home or make a weekend trip out of it and travel somewhere beautiful to experience this amazing sport. A bonding experience, to share with your best friends as well as another thing to tick off your bucket list! If you get the bug then you could even take it a step further and qualify to do solo jumps.

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        3. Shooting Party

        Once seen as a sport just for men, as the popularity rises, the number of women’s shooting clubs are on the increase. There are also a number of Ladies Days offered at top shooting clubs where beginners can learn to handle a gun and take their place in the shooting line!

        You will be surprised at how much fun a day’s clay pigeon shooting will be and ‘ladies only’ also means you can learn in a relaxed environment minus testosterone-fuelled male pressure! A great way to spend the day with your friends, to learn from experienced tutors followed by a delicious meal and a drink in the clubhouse.

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          4. White water rafting

          If you like water but rowing on the pond in your local park doesn’t excite you then how about you and your girlfriends raise your blood pressure by trying white water rafting? Instructors will ensure you are kept safe at the same time as having lots of thrills and fun. So if you have a great sense of adventure you will be running the rapids in no time at all.

          Full kits are provided so you don’t need to worry about safety equipment and wetsuits, all you need to do is turn up with your friends ready to enjoy a fast paced exhilarating ride.

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            5. Go climbing!

            Now don’t think I’m advising you and your besties to pack your lunch, put on a warm jacket and start heading towards the snow-capped summit of K2! There are plenty of indoor opportunities to get your first taste of climbing. However, if you’d prefer to experience the great outdoors there are many schools that offer day or weekend courses that will give you the exhilarating experience and a real feel for what climbing is all about.

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            Obviously you will need a certain level of physical fitness for a weekend like this, however no experience is necessary and all courses will be pitched at the level of ability and aspirations of the group. A healthy, fun and exhilarating experience with amazing views is guaranteed.

            These are just a few of the amazing experiences available for you and your friends to try. Life is for living and experiencing different things. OK, there is a time and place for chilling and enjoying a quiet lunch or spa day but perhaps it’s time to put your plans for sitting on your sofa with a bag of popcorn and your favourite boxset to one side? The question is, have you and your friends got the courage to dip your toes into the world of the adrenaline junkie?

            Featured photo credit: Bisley Shooting Ground via bisleyshooting.co.uk

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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.

            More to Help You Stay Motivated

            Here are some resources that will help you break out of your current phase:

            Featured photo credit: Anubhav Saxena via unsplash.com

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