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8 Reasons Staying At Home Is Always Better Than Going Out

8 Reasons Staying At Home Is Always Better Than Going Out

Why is it that going out seems to be the only acceptable option when the weekend rolls around? Why can’t staying at home be more socially acceptable? Some people understand the benefits of staying at home, and others simply do not. We all have that one friend who puts the pressure on us to go out whenever we have free time. They just don’t get how staying at home could possibly be better than going out. Of course, going out can be fun sometimes, but like everything else in life, there needs to be a balance. You can’t go out all the time! Sometimes staying in is the best option. Here are 8 great reasons you can use to prove to your friends why you should stay home this weekend:

1. You Can Be 100% Yourself

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    You don’t have to worry about impressing anyone, or plastering a fake smile on your face. When you are at home, you can be 100% yourself without having to worry about what people think. You can wear what you want, eat what you want, do what you want and act how you want. When you go out, you are subject to conforming to what society considers “normal” which is not always very enjoyable. When you stay at home you have the freedom to just be yourself without fear of judgement.

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    2. Staying at Home is Free

    Let’s face it – outside of the house, nothing is free anymore. You could go for a walk for free, but inevitably you and your friends will end up walking to a place where you will be tempted to spend money. Nothing is free anymore and with the rising cost of food and entertainment, who can afford to keep going out? There are plenty of free entertainment choices at home with just Netflix, YouTube, millions of smart phone apps alone. You could even make your choice of food entertaining by looking through your fridge and pantry and challenging yourself to a “Chopped” challenge.

    3. Stay at Home Can Save Your Energy

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      When you go out, you end up using a lot of energy on smiling, keeping up with the flow of conversation, making sure you pick up on all the social cues around you, and so much more. A small amount of time spent like this will not tire you out too much,  but after a while it can be exhausting to be out, even when you are with close friends. If you stay at home, you can recharge, and focus your energy on other things, like finally completing a task you’ve been putting off or working out to get in better shape. Everyone will have a long list of things they can do at home where their energy will be put to better use.

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      4. Avoid Wasting Time

      “What do you want to do?” “I don’t know, what do you want to do?” How many times have you been caught in this type of conversation? It always revolves around going out, and it can last so long that by the time a decision is made, most places are closing for the night. You can avoid this wasted time by simply choosing to stay at home! Home never closes for the night and you already know what your options are at home.

      5. You Can “Stick It” to Mainstream Media

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        The thought that young people are indoors too much these days and should be outside more is popular right now in mainstream media. By choosing to stay at home sometimes, you kind of “stick it” to the people telling you what to do. It’s always better to be yourself anyways than to follow the crowd. After all, who know what you like better than you do?

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        6. Avoid Meaningless Conversations

        How many times have you been out with a group of people and found yourself stuck in a loop of meaningless conversations? Having to pretend to be interested in something that bores you makes for a long, long evening! Instead of being bored, why not take some time to stay home and communicate with yourself. This means taking the time to get to know yourself better. What makes you tick? what are your likes and dislikes? What are you passionate about? You will be able to make the right kind of friends if you really know yourself. Start getting to know who you are this weekend!

        7. You Don’t Have To Worry About Anyone Else

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          When you go out with a group of people, you always have to think about what you say and do so that you don’t offend anyone. You also have to make sure everyone is included in the conversation. After a while, this can get tiresome, and some evenings you just don’t feel like having to worry about other people. Stay home and feel carefree instead!

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          8. You Have More Choices

          Whenever a group of people are together, there has to be compromise. Someone has to choose what to do, and how often is that choice yours? How often do you find yourself participating in an activity you just don’t want to do? When you stay at home instead of going out, you can focus on the things that you are passionate about instead of having to do something that bores you. Follow your passions this weekend and find some new ones!

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          Last Updated on January 21, 2020

          The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

          The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

          Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

          your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

            Why You Need a Vision

            Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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            How to Create Your Life Vision

            Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

            What Do You Want?

            The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

            It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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            Some tips to guide you:

            • Remember to ask why you want certain things
            • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
            • Give yourself permission to dream.
            • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
            • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

            Some questions to start your exploration:

            • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
            • What would you like to have more of in your life?
            • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
            • What are your secret passions and dreams?
            • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
            • What do you want your relationships to be like?
            • What qualities would you like to develop?
            • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
            • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
            • What would you most like to accomplish?
            • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

            It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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            What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

            Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

            A few prompts to get you started:

            • What will you have accomplished already?
            • How will you feel about yourself?
            • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
            • What does your ideal day look like?
            • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
            • What would you be doing?
            • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
            • How are you dressed?
            • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
            • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
            • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

            It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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            Plan Backwards

            It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

            • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
            • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
            • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
            • What important actions would you have had to take?
            • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
            • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
            • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
            • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
            • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

            Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

            It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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