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Good Reasons to Live In or Visit Philadelphia

Good Reasons to Live In or Visit Philadelphia

Philadelphia is a city that has great advantages to living there (and these aren’t limited to Philly Cheese steaks and Rocky) and maybe people don’t fully realize them. But first, let’s talk about the city basics:

Philadelphia is located in the northeastern of the USA, and with an estimate of nearly 6 million residents in its metropolitan area, it is considered the country’s fifth largest cities. Locals and tourists love walking around the streets of the City Center, and taking the metro to move around the city areas.

Definitively though, Philadelphia is much more than just a good metropolis. Here are some insights into the reasons to move or take a vacation there, based on the input of locals and tourists alight:

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1. Amazing Location

It is a huge advantage living in a place which has two big cities really close. People who live in Philadelphia say that it is pretty cool having the chance to spend the day or the weekend in New York or Washington DC with only a couple hour’s drive.

In fact, for those who are flying to the Big Apple, it is highly recommended to book a day for Philly, because they are 2 incredible cities that are totally different and you can easily reach them even by bus (which is pretty cheap by the way).

2. Wealth of Parks, Nature Attractions, and Green Areas

Philadelphia has it all; there are wineries, gardens, parks, even a canal, and river! You probably have heard about the famous Fairmount Park (the largest city-owned park in the nation); this marvelous place is home to more than 9,200 acres full of trails, hills, a waterfront and green areas in which people love to visit for events and expositions, exercise and relax for a while. And as with all big cities, you won’t be disappointed with the museums or zoo.

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3. Recognized Educational System

This city is the home of some of the best universities and colleges in the nation (like UPenn, Temple University, Drexel University, and Moore College of Art & Design), and that’s because this place is known for having a high proportion of young people. Graduated students are well-prepared professionals who don’t have trouble finding a proper job and starting their own society rolls. That’s why many families decide to live in Philadelphia.

4. The Cost of Living is Significantly Lower than Other East Coast Cities

This is true! Many east coast cities tend to have a high cost of living and all the services can be pretty expensive. It is really important that you consider how low or high are the city’s cost of living. You can get an idea by knowing the costs to owning a home or an apartment.

Home values are not in the skies like in other places and homebuyers can still get great deals while their property’s value increases. If you are trying to relocate and move to Philly or to another place, you can find many companies and agencies who sell and buy houses for cash in Philadelphia. You will probably be surprised by the incredible opportunities you’ll get.

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The costs of entertainment and food are also pretty affordable, you can have some meals out at nice restaurants and attend to local events without spending your entire paycheck.

5. Great Public Transportation System

This is a great advantage that many people look for while traveling or moving to a new city. Philadelphia’s transportation system is great, it is not only the 6th largest public transit system in the country, it also has many helpful routes, rails, and lines to relevant points in the city (like to the airport, sports stadium, downtown, etc.).

You might not realize how important is to have a proper transportation system in a city, but some of the key benefits are:

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– It promotes the tourism.

– It reduces the pollution levels.

– It reduces traffic congestion and can help reduce certain types of accidents.

And lastly, you should know that Philadelphia ranks as one of the best cities for millennials to work & live because of its low average of unemployment rates, its affordable housing opportunities and the fact that is now considered as a ‘safety city’ in the nation.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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