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5 Tips for the Perfect Weekend Getaway in NYC

5 Tips for the Perfect Weekend Getaway in NYC

A weekend in New York City…it’s something that everyone needs to experience at least once in their lifetime. And if you’ve never been to the Big Apple, then this summer is the perfect time to make it happen. Gather your friends and start planning!

1. Find a Good Hotel Room

Let’s be clear about one thing: New York City is massive. In order to sightsee, shop, and dine, you’ll need to book your stay accordingly.

Thankfully, there are a number of affordable and convenient hotels in the city. Assuming you want to experience the quintessential elements of the city, search for New York hotels in Manhattan or Midtown. This way, you’ll be right in the middle of the action.

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2. Make Time for “Must See” Attractions

There are certain sites and attractions that you must see while you’re in New York. These include the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Central Park, the Empire State Building, the Freedom Towers, and Grand Central Station.

Locate all of these sites on a map and strategically plan out your days so you don’t end up running in circles. Depending on your interests and budget, you’ll just want to see some of these sites, take a few pictures, and move on.

However, there will be other attractions where you’ll want to pay for tours and/or more in-depth experiences. Hint: If you get the chance to go up the Empire State Building at night, it’s worth it!

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3. Study Up on Transportation

While New York City is really big, it’s also fairly easy to get around. With that being said, it’s smart to have a plan before arriving. Trying to figure out the subway system or attempting to hail a cab without any understanding of where you’re going can be stressful. Do a little research and learn about your various options.

If you’re running around to different parts of the city, you’ll most likely be utilizing the subway. If so, you’ll need to purchase a MetroCard to access the system. You can then put cash on the card as needed to get you from location to location.

4. Make a Dinner Reservation for Saturday Night

There are so many different restaurants in New York City that it’s sometimes fun to just walk around and find something that suits your taste. However, you may want to set up a dinner reservation for Saturday night. Find a nice restaurant with good reviews and a classic New York view, and call a few days ahead of time. It’s nice to have a table reserved, as it eliminates the stress of finding a place in the middle of rush hour.

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5. Enjoy Some Downtime

During a busy day of sightseeing, it can be nice to pause, and take a leisurely stroll through Central Park. Not only does this iconic park serve as a sort of oasis from the hustle and bustle of the city, but it’s also a fantastic place to people watch. From street performers to the occasional celebrity out for a jog, you’ll see anything and everything here.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

While you can spend days and weeks planning your New York City weekend getaway, remember that not everything will go according to plan. No matter how careful you are, something will always change at the last minute. It’s also important that you leave some unstructured time in the itinerary so that you’re able to relax and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city without running yourself into the ground.

For the best results, you should plan the big things and let the small details iron themselves out along the way.

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Featured photo credit: Aurelien Guichard via flic.kr

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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