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10 Reasons Why Going Out Helps You Get Out From A Rut

10 Reasons Why Going Out Helps You Get Out From A Rut

Life can be a hassle sometimes. The constant stress and the everyday grind creates a rut that is almost impossible for some people to escape.

Getting away from the daily routine isn’t enough to get rid of the stress that’s always waiting to pounce on the unwary. Escaping from the daily routine is what needed; Putting significant geographical distance between your home and yourself is what’s really needed.

By leaving your normal, mundane life behind for just a while you can experience the world around you instead of just watching from showbox on your android screens or televisions. Here are ten reasons why you should get away and experience life.

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1) You get to leave the stress of your everyday life behind for awhile

Let’s face facts, most people experience at least some stress in their lives, and after a while. we’re all ready to get away for a while. I find that a nice walk on the beach can take away the stress of my everyday life from the first step to the last.

2) You can see new, exciting locations

Even if you don’t leave your country there are new sights to see and new experiences to enjoy. I’ve been from one side of USA to the next and despite the similarities between different locations, each place has its own unique feel. New locations can broaden your horizon and remind you that there is an entire world outside of what you know.

3) Relaxation is the key to enjoying your vacation

No matter how you relax, a vacation is your time to do what you want. The pace you set is your own and there is no pressure to do anything you don’t want to do. My own experience in vacationing involves everything from kicking back with a frosty drink to engaging in whatever high impact activity that is available.

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4) Vacations can kindle or rekindle a relationship

The rut you find yourself in can and usually, does extend to the relationship with your significant other. Taking a nice vacation with each other can reignite that spark in your relationship that will keep you young and remind you why you got together in the first place. If you don’t have special someone, this might be a great chance for you to meet somebody and flirt with a guy. Who knows this might lead you to the person you are destined to be with!

5) Alarm clocks are a nuisance, not a necessity

I did say that vacations are on your time, didn’t I? Leave the clocks at home and sleep in. Getting out of your rut means you stop living by the clock, if only for a little while. Personally, I’m an early riser due to long years of rising early for work, but on vacation. it’s easy to just lay back and remember that my day isn’t dictated by how fast or slow I go.

6) Traveling to different countries offers a new perspective on how other people live

Experiencing new cultures and witnessing how other societies live is enlightening. Such an experience can remind you that your own existence is just one among many representations of humanity. For instance, my first trip to London left me absolutely speechless. The knowledge of other cultures gained from a vacation is an invaluable experience.

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7) There are many different ways to see new places at a reduced cost

It’s true that going anywhere costs money. Sometimes the cost of a trip can be more of an aggravation than the rut you’re trying to get away from. Nowadays, there are a vast number of promotions that are designed to give people better deals. Remember, many locations depend heavily on tourism, so they will make the effort to get you there. You just need to look. I’m always looking at hotel rates, deals on airfare, and any other deal that can get my family away from home for a little while.

8) The cuisine from different parts of the world is always interesting

Your regular eating habits can be a part of your continual rut too. When you’re on vacation you don’t want the same old things you eat at home. On vacation, the best attitude to adopt is “when in Rome“. It doesn’t matter if you try a little or a lot, your taste buds will thank you for the change of pace. My experience in The Tower near Edinburgh castle in Scotland was a culinary delight I won’t soon forget.

9) All work and no play makes for a long and miserable day

Some of us like our jobs and some don’t. But regardless of this, it’s always necessary to unplug and unwind. If all you do is work then you’re allowing one of the life’s absolute necessities to pass you by. At some point in life, everyone needs to get away from their life and experience the world. I know for certain that after each assignment I need at least a short vacation away from the constant grind.

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10) You deserve a vacation

You read that right. Anyone who works the long, hard hours trying to support themselves or others is constantly racking up personal vacation time that eventually needs to be taken. You work hard for your money, busting your back for others, making sure they’re taken care of, and it’s time to cash in on that fact. I like to treat myself to a short one or two-day vacation every so often just because I feel it’s necessary.

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Last Updated on January 17, 2019

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

Listen carefully:

We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

1. Pray Daily

You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

3. Smile Often

Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

4. Organize Your Working Desk

A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

How do you do that? This is my formula:

First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

8. Go Exercise

Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

The Bottom Line

It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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