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Three Reasons to Book Your British Staycation in the Lake District

Three Reasons to Book Your British Staycation in the Lake District

When it comes to holidays a lot has changed in the habits of UK holiday-makers in recent years. Not long ago, we would all rush to the travel agent or last-minute deal site to book a week in the sun. However, it seems that an increasing amount of Brits are now deciding to swap Spain or Greece for a break at home.

Often referred to as a “staycation”, The Guardian recently reported that due to the drop in the value of the pound following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, holidays abroad have become much more expensive, making a staycation even more appealing.

If you are considering a staycation, what are the best locations to make the most of your summer break? One of the most popular by far is the Lake District in North West England. To show you why it’s well worth a visit, here are three great reasons.

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A Wealth of Activities To Try Something New

Obviously the Lake District might not be for you if you love a city break, but for those who love the countryside there are a wealth of activities awaiting you, no matter your age.

If exploring is your bag, there’s no finer destination. With walks of varying difficulty around the lakes, hills, and mountains, the Lakes are overflowing with options. Just take a look at the legendary Alfred Wainwright’s list of walks to find one which will best suit you.

If you fancy something slightly more extreme, you can go caving or potholing, and there are even opportunities to sleep in a cave if you really want to be at one with wilderness.

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If water sports are more your thing, then you’re in luck. You can enjoy pretty much anything on the various lakes, especially on Lake Windermere. Take a look at the top picks in this Trip Advisor post.

As you can see, there is something for young and old in the Lake District to keep busy for at least a week.

Great Accommodation

Aside from the fun and games awaiting you in the Lakes, it is also important to find the right accommodation for your staycation. Thankfully, there is everything on offer from hostels to five-star luxury. Lots of people who visit the Lake District come for an adventure holiday and enjoy camping for which there are many different sites. Find out more on the National Trust site.  Alternatively, if you are looking for something a little more relaxing and luxurious, there are a number of lakeside hotels including the Lake District Country Hotels chain which are perfect for a couples retreat.

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A Region Rich In Culture

If the great outdoors are something you’d prefer to experience from the warmth of a country pub window or lakeside cafe, then you’re in luck because the Lakes are also rich in history and culture. You can experience beauty and charm without hiking anywhere.

The sheer beauty of the vast landscape of the Lake District is something which has inspired many famous writers, artists and publications over the years. For literary fans, there really is something for everyone in the Lakes from the museum of romantic Poet William Wordsworth to Hill Top House, once the home of celebrated children’s author Beatrix Potter and now a National Trust attraction.

If your food and drink are a priority, the Lake District will satisfy your taste buds for sure. From Cumberland sausage to Grasmere gingerbread, the Lake District has lots of local delicacies for you to sample. For those who love fine dining there’s plenty to enjoy, too. Take a look at this great list compiled by The Telegraph which includes a number of Michelin star eateries such as Holbeck Ghyll near Windermere and The Samling in Windermere.

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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.

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