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5 Hacks to Prepare for an Amazing Ski Trip

5 Hacks to Prepare for an Amazing Ski Trip

The upcoming ski season has many of us dreaming of the fresh powder days and beautiful bluebird ski moments to come. Skiing is arguably one of the most exciting things about the winter season, which will be arriving soon. If you’re used to skiing your local terrain, you’ve probably grown accustomed to riding on the resorts you’ve already explored in your area. Although this is fun for most of your ski days this season, it might be time to take one of your favorite winter pastimes on the road with a ski trip to explore new mountains and immerse yourself in different ski cultures.

Here are five hacks to help you prepare for an awesome ski trip in the 2016-2017 ski season.

1. Plan sufficiently

 As you probably know, packing up your equipment and hauling it off to the resort of your choice is no easy feat. Add on the unique challenges of traveling, and the entire process gets even more difficult. However, if you play your cards right and plan correctly, you’ll find that the additional work is well-worth the incredible experience you’ll have taking your skiing to a new destination.

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First, you’ll want to make sure you have all of your bases covered in terms of what equipment you’ll need to bring, how you should prepare for the weather, and what challenges you might need to plan for. Ski Utah offers a solid guide to help you navigate this portion of the planning.

As for identifying the right skiing destination, I’d recommend checking out some websites which offer lots of useful information such as snow levels and ski area features so you can make an informed decision. You can also check out this great guide on incredible places to ski.

2. Bring snacks

We all know that the cost of dining at a ski resort can get a bit out of hand. That’s why smart ski travelers bring their own snacks to munch on before, during, and after a day of skiing.

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Bring nutritional items that are easy to store and won’t get smashed easily, like an apple. You can also add in some granola bars for healthy carbs throughout the day. For lunch, pack a sandwich and maybe even a little dark chocolate to satisfy sweet cravings.

3. Take self-care items

One of the major differences between skiing at home and skiing on a ski trip is that you will need to reenergize at the end of the day to make sure you’re ready to go again on the next day of your trip. This is where the importance of self-care comes in.

Significant forces are applied to the feet and then transferred through the ankles and knees as we ski and this stresses the limits of our anatomy. This is why it is important to take additional measures to take care of your joints on a ski trip where you’re planning to ski each day.

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Bring an OTC pain reliever like ibuprofen or Aleve with you. Bring along a brace if you have a knee or ankle that often gives you trouble during a day of skiing. Practicing a little yoga prior to heading out for the day will also help you warm up your body and protect your joints. Here is a great guide with yoga poses all skiers should know.

4. Invest in the right equipment

Certain equipment is really worth the investment. For example, smartphone-friendly gloves are sure to come in handy when you’re out skiing on a cold day and waterproof base layers can be a real life saver on a wet, snowy day on the slopes.

Before you head out for your trip, check the weather to determine what gear you might need to accommodate it.

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You might also want to consider additional equipment like boot covers and ski straps to help you haul your gear from Point A to Point B during your travels. Although you probably have a system in place for carrying your gear around at your local resort, it would be helpful to have a little assistance from the right equipment when you’re carrying your skis through the airport and around new resorts. Read this helpful guide for some suggestions on this kind of equipment if you’re not quite sure where to start.

5. Use the resort app (if they have one)

Before you head out on your trip, check to see if the resorts you plan to visit have an official app. If they do, download it! This will help you stay informed on conditions and provide you with a digital map of the resort that you can easily store in your pocket or bag. Some apps also allow you to check the wait time on each lift as you maneuver your way through each new resort.

Now that you’ve got an idea of what it takes to prepare for a successful ski trip away from home, it’s time to start planning! Hopefully, these tips will prove useful as you embark on your journey to new resorts and new ski cultures across the globe.

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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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