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8 Places On Earth That Can Improve Your Health And Wellness

8 Places On Earth That Can Improve Your Health And Wellness

The pursuit of healing for pain or suffering in physical, mental, or spiritual forms is an issue that can point to no one single solution. So, the ways in which we go about seeking our own personal enlightenment will continue to differ. Both folklore and science remind us that certain locations on earth hold prominence for their abilities to heal and rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul. Here are 10 places that, for a vast number of years, have been known to have a positive impact on a person’s health and wellness and, for those reasons, continue to draw crowds today.

Lourdes, France

Lourdes has long been one of the most popular destinations for travellers and religious followers. It is a place of prominence for those who believe miracles are possible even when the darkness seems overwhelming. Spiritual healing is said to emanate from bathing in pools of water from Bernadette’s spring, where many cases of verifiable healing have been witnessed throughout history.

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Machu Picchu, Peru

Many local shamans and wellness experts recommend visits here to facilitate overall wellness. Folklore dictates that when a perceptive person places their forehead to the Intihuatana stone, it channels their vision to the spirit world.

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

One of the noted 25 wonders of the world, the Blue Lagoon is a standout feature in Northern Europe for its unique health benefits of actively treating skin ailments and conditions. The minerals derived from the earth’s core within the lagoon are known to be effective for people with eczema and psoriasis.

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Hell’s Gate, New Zealand

A natural spa that known for skincare and healing properties, it was first discovered by Rotorua Maori more than 7,000 years ago. The sacred site, now open to the public, includes natural features such as Kakahi Falls, the largest hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere. Legend has it that warriors bathed in the sulphurous waters to heal their wounds after battle.

Dead Sea, Israel

The Dead Sea is famed for its capability to aid in the healing of many different forms of physical health conditions that are common in today’s society, from joint pain and arthritis to psoriasis and heart problems. The science behind the process points to the 33% salt content and a wealth of magnesium, calcium, potassium, and other minerals in the water. When a person comes into contact with these minerals combined with the salt and sun, it can have a remarkable effect on skin conditions such as psoriasis.

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Mount Banahaw, Philippines

Claims of Banahaw’s mental and spiritual healing powers can be traced back to biblical times. The belief in this region of the world remains strong and is testament to the thousands of visitors that pass through the caves, passages, and tunnels to earn their seven years of forgiveness for all sins. A cloudy water pit reachable only by ladder is said to have phenomenal healing powers for anyone who dips themselves in it seven times.

Uluru, Australia

Considered one of the most important sites for indigenous culture, aboriginal leaders are known to climb into an obscure cave to say a prayer for the health and rejuvenation of the planet and its inhabitants. Visitors to the ancient natural wonder, known to many as Ayers Rock, are forbidden to climb it out of respect for the people who worship the grounds it has been formed in. In contrast, anyone who removes a piece of the rock may incur a spiritual curse for as long as they keep it on their person.

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Ubud, Indonesia

Ubud has been known as a mystical destination on earth that is rich in spiritual enlightenment and healing. It owes much of its fame in Westernized culture to the movie Eat Prey Love, which shone a light on the myriad wellness benefits of travel to a land steeped in calmness and emotional reawakening. Meditation and yoga are two of Indonesia’s traditional activities for recharging the mind and body. Masses of local people rejoice in prayer within the city’s abundance of temples and shrines. Introductory guides on Ubud and other places of spirituality in South East Asia are easy to come by.

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Last Updated on November 20, 2018

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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2. You put the cart before the horse.

“Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

3. You don’t believe in yourself.

A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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6. You don’t enjoy the process.

Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

7. You’re trying too hard.

Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

8. You don’t track your progress.

Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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9. You have no social support.

It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

10. You know your what but not your why.

The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

  • The more specific you can make your goal,
  • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
  • The more encouraged you’ll be,
  • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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