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10 Most Beautiful Habitats in the Universe

10 Most Beautiful Habitats in the Universe

When you think of a vacation, it’s not all about simply getting away from work for a few days. Location is really important because where you go will determine what you do. Or maybe you just want to see a variety of beautiful places while you travel. Whether it’s beaches to lay on or mountains to climb, there are many gorgeous options. In fact, there are so many options that it can be overwhelming. However, here you’ll find ten places to start and get a look at some of the most beautiful habitats.

1. The Rainbow Mountains of Zhangye Danxia, China

As colorful as they are massive, the Rainbow Mountains get their color from the natural process of erosion. The weathering is caused by strong winds over a long time, and reveal the mix of the sandstone’s colors. You can stroll among the reds, yellows, and greens and feel like you’re in a wonderland.

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2. Ko Thao, Thailand

Called “Turtle Island” because of its shape, this gorgeous, super laid-back destination offers clear blue waters and a variety of activities. You can relax on a few different beaches. One of the main draws for this island is the diving, and many visitors go scuba diving and get certified here. Before you arrive on this pristine beach, see if you can find some local scuba classes just for practice.

3. Neuschwanstein, Germany

This is truly a fairytale destination. This German castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s castle. It has a few peaks and is surrounded by a storybook setting of tall trees and even taller mountains. It stands as a symbol of peace and is visited primarily in the summer (though when it’s covered with snow in winter is when it really has that classic look).

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4. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

This is the world’s largest salt flat, and offers a truly surreal experience. When covered in water, the entire surface becomes a giant reflective mirror. The sky and ground meet in an almost magical way.

5. Havasu Falls, Arizona

Practically hidden, these remote falls can be found in a canyon in Arizona. There is also an isolated community of Native Americans that make this popular tourist choice their home. The waterfalls are gorgeous and flow into gorgeous blues and greens. To find it, there’s a mild hike (close to ten miles) but it’s definitely worth it for a dip in the water.

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6. Maldives, Lakshadweep, Indian Ocean

The Maldives have gained popularity as a destination choice. The waters are clear blue and calm, so it’s great for diving. There are quite a few exotic creatures that reside here, like manta rays, whale sharks, and sea turtles. This is also home to the largest atoll (a ring-shaped reef). Diving sessions are offered here throughout the entire year.

7. Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming

You’ll find this natural wonder in Yellowstone National Park. It’s the biggest hot spring in the United States. The spring is shaped like a ring and shows off a variety of colors, all bright and stunning.

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8. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The Galapagos Islands is a great choice because of the variety of wildlife that live there. There are some animals that don’t live anywhere else on the planet so you’ll be able to see the rarest of creatures. This is also a great selection for snorkeling, as there are a few nearly perfect places to get into the water.

9. Whitehaven Beach, Australia

As you could probably guess from the name, Whitehaven Beach is popular and recognized for its white sandy beaches. The white sand reflects beautifully with the tropical mix of blue and green waters. The only way to get to this destination is by taking a boat from a mainland port, like Hamilton Island or Shute Harbor. You’ll find that it’s one of the cleanest and most well-kept beaches, and there’s a reason behind that. There are no dogs or smoking allowed in this paradise.

10. Keukenhof Park, Holland, The Netherlands

Another great and colorful option is Keukenhof Park. This park is famous for its many rows of tulips. The best time to view the flowers in bloom is mid-April. The rows are neatly planted and the colors change with each row. It’s a truly beautiful location.

Featured photo credit: LIOglobal via pixabay.com

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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.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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