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Travel is Key to Building Social and Emotional Life Skills

Travel is Key to Building Social and Emotional Life Skills

Travel lays a foundation for learning and absorbing new cultural systems and reasoning from scratch to break down any taboos and stigmas one may attach to the way they view the world. The key is to keep an open mind and start any adventure – locally or in a land far, far away – with a bright attitude and embrace the new experiences that await you on your journeys. Although it can be a daunting thought to abandon the comfort zone that has made you the person you are today, there will never be a better time to start an adventure.

Here are five reasons why travel needs to be a part of the next chapter in your life story.

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1. It strengthens social skills

When traveling alone, you have the potential to meet more people than you would at home. You have a choice to enjoy your own company or interact with those setting out to try experiences just like you, many for the first time. Because your mindsets are better aligned, conversation flows more smoothly, and the topics you talk about come from a good place – the inquisition is genuine, and that helps form friendships. Not all personality types are prone to sparking up conversations with strangers and therefore it can take a little courage in doing so, but the rewards far outweigh the fears of what that other person may think of you.

Cheat: try these seven travel conversation starters to help you meet people.

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2. It builds character

Travelling presents the opportunity to try something new, whether that is a lifelong ambition or a weird and wonderful surprise you may have never dreamed of doing in your previous lifestyle. Because these new experiences are limited to the time you are there you can’t let yourself shy away through the fear of the unknown. Climbing a mountain might seem difficult but people conquer them on a daily basis; funny looking food might make you queasy, but they are delicacies throughout the world; swimming with sharks may terrify you, but there are safe ways to try it. Each encounter helps your inner confidence grow, it enables you to become a stronger person all-around.

Cheat: try these 9 ways to build your character.

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3. It broadens the mind

Travel helps remove what some researchers have called ‘habitual closed-mindedness’. The more you see of the world, the less stigmas and taboos you will hold attachments to; your journey will constantly challenge you to see things in a new light, which may break down preconceived ideas about what you thought a certain type of person should do, act, or behave; or where they live should look like, or how it makes you feel. The only way to evolve that way of thinking is to experience it first-hand.

Cheat: try these 15 tactics for thinking differently.

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4. It creates unique memories

Every travel experience has its own story. What makes them special is that no two stories are the same. Those memories are personal and therefore precious – from the friendships you strike up in hostels or on trips, to the local experiences, to the sights that belong to only certain parts of the world. Another motivator to seek out memories is that the world as you know it may not be around forever so see as much of it as you can before it’s too late. Natural wonders such as Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is diminishing and at some point that experience will be ruled out completely.

Cheat: learn how to make your memories last longer.

5. It makes you appreciate what you have

Being away from home and acknowledge how people live in places worse off than yours is both an eye-opening experience and a wake-up call. You are lucky to be in a position to travel and see the world; whereas 80% of the globe’s population aren’t. Carrying that notion with you will make you more humble and want to squeeze every last drop of joy from the experiences that lie ahead of you. You are in charge of your own destiny, so make every minute count.

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How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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