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7 Things You Must Do if You’re Truly Adventurous

7 Things You Must Do if You’re Truly Adventurous

Who doesn’t love a good adventure? These once-in-a-lifetime experiences are worth remembering until you’re old and wrinkly, and much more enjoyable to share with your children and grandchildren. If you’re an adventurous person, then you can’t get enough of hair-raising, adrenaline-inducing activities that push you to your limits and test your perseverance. That’s why we’re happy to provide you with a list of seven things you must do as soon as possible.

1. Cliff Jumping

If you’ve never been cliff jumping before, you’re missing out on a cheap, easy, and exhilarating activity that can be done in thousands of different locations around the world. All you need is a swimsuit, a safe cliff with plenty of water below, and a bit of courage. While you can plan a cliff jumping excursion to an exotic location halfway around the world, chances are there are also opportunities in your own backyard. Here are 15 of the top jumps in the United States.

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2. Zip Lining

Not exactly keen on the idea of jumping off a cliff? Maybe zip lining is more in line with your goals and expectations.

“Zip lining is not just about high-speed kicks. It’s a great way to really immerse yourself in the spirit of a place,” Expedia notes. “Whether it’s flying through rainforests in Fiji, past active Costa Rican volcanoes, over Hawaiian waterfalls or across the vineyards of Sonoma, few other outdoor activities give can give you such an eagle’s-eye view of the world as safely and as effortlessly as zip-lining can.”

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3. Sky Diving

Skydiving is the quintessential daredevil activity. It’s something everyone talks about, but only a fraction of people ever get around to doing. Once again, the great thing about skydiving is that you can do it anywhere. There are instructors in just about every large city and you can typically schedule an outing with very little notice. Once you conquer skydiving, everything else will seem simple and effortless.

4. ATV Off-Roading

If you prefer to be a bit closer to the ground but don’t mind high speeds and quick turns, ATV off-roading may be the perfect activity for you. ATV off-roading is not only fun, it also gives you the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of nature. If you’re looking to test your endurance and immerse yourself in nature, try planning a multi-day excursion where you camp along the way.

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5. Cage of Death

Have you ever heard of the Cage of Death? Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin City, Australia allows you to enjoy the thrilling experience of diving with crocodiles – with a catch. Instead of free swimming with these dangerous creatures, you’re placed in a large aquarium-like cylinder that’s submerged into a tank of massive crocodiles. As a result, you get to enjoy the heart-pounding experience of swimming with 15-foot crocodiles, without the risk of losing a limb.

6. Hot Air Ballooning

If a brush with death isn’t your idea of being adventurous, don’t worry. There are plenty of other opportunities to be adventurous without staring down hundreds of razor-sharp teeth. Hot air ballooning is one of them. Try it out for yourself and see what you think!

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7. Swimming With Sharks

If you try the Cage of Death and enjoy the experience, you may consider swimming with sharks. There are a variety of different dives available, including free-dives with whale sharks and cage diving with great whites.

Start Planning for the Weekend

While it may take you several years to cross each of these seven items off your bucket list, you can start right away. Pick an adventurous activity, find a friend, and schedule your next weekend getaway. The only thing you’ll regret is not doing it sooner.

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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.

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