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9 Stunning Cottages for a Great UK Holiday

9 Stunning Cottages for a Great UK Holiday

Are you looking into ways to spoil yourself and your loved ones? Then, plan out a holiday as it’s the best time to unwind while enjoying a slower pace of life with your loved ones.

You can choose to stay in holiday homes and cottages with top-class facilities for utmost relaxation. Just sit back in a hot tub and soothe your aches away while having a sip of the frosty drink.

No matter, you need a private hot tub to dip in or you don’t mind sharing the facility; you can choose from a variety of homes and cottages that offer customized facilities to their clients.

1. The Granary, Snowdonia

Missing out magnificent North Welsh hills for so long? Then, this is the time to spend great vacations on The Granary. It’s a cottage with comfortable indoors and lavish outdoors.

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Just get ready to rejuvenate yourself in the sauna, unwind yourself in the large outdoor hot tub or get ready to enjoy the heavenly view that elongates to almost 30 miles.

2. Dairy Cottage, Cornwall

Are you ready to unwind with your loved ones at a cottage set within 5 acres of lush Cornish countryside? Then, Dairy Cottage, Cornwall is the best  option with fantastic beaches and a fishing lake nearby.

You can also enjoy the panoramic views along with the large outdoor hot tub.

3. The Old Workshop, Cornwall

No doubt, spending a holiday in Cornwall is all about fun. You can stay at The Old Workshop cottage and can enjoy some of the best landscapes throughout the country.

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The cottage is located so close to beautiful Cornish towns, beaches, cycle paths. You can also have the benefit of fishing in the nearby lake.

4. Hosta House, Cornwall

If you want to spend your holidays in an enviable place, then Hosta House is the best in the Cornish countryside. It spreads out at almost 5 acres of land and includes a hot tub and fishing lake for the  guests.

Here, you can enjoy the best self-catering accommodation near  to the Eden Project, Cornish Riviera and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

5. Dykes Cottage, Cumbria, Lake District

Dykes cottage is situated in a serene Cumbria corner along the River Ellen. Couples can enjoy this cozy cottage.

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It’s suitable for both the Lake District National Park and Solway Coast and has the amazing cycling and walking trails close by. If you want to have a truly relaxing experience, book the sheltered outdoor spa nearby.

6. Parlour Cottage,Cumbria, Lake District

If you want to spend a romantic holiday with your loved one, then self-catering Parlour Cottage next to Cockermouth is the best option. It is located nearby the Lake District National Park and the Solway Coast. You can enjoy a log burner for cozy, winter nights. The cottage also offers guests a luxurious hydrotherapy hot tub.

7. The Stables, Cumbria, Lake District

The Stables’ is exclusively designed for couples. You’ll definitely fall in love with its romantic retreat.

The Solway Coast and the Lake District National Park are within easier reach. It also offers its guests to have a wonderful relaxing experience of outdoor hot tub.

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8. Tregenza, South Cornwall

Tregenza homes and cottages, south Cornwall is another fantastic place to spend your leisure time with loved ones. It is surrounded by fantastic landscapes and beaches.

The best part of this cottage is its sheltered outdoor hot tub and spacious garden with dining area.

9. Midtown Barn, North Lake District, Cumbria

Midtown Barn is a renowned self-catering property with amiable features like exposed oak beams. The cottage has beautiful cycling and walking trails nearby and after exploring the fantastic places you definitely need a large outdoor hot tub to relax.

Above is a great list of some of the best cottages in the UK which you can try to live in during your next vacation.

Featured photo credit: wildwoodcottageresort via wildwoodcottageresort.ca

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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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