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6 Things You Learn From Winter Camping

6 Things You Learn From Winter Camping

When it’s cold outside most people choose to crawl on the sofa with a hot cup of something and watch a movie or read a book. However, there are some adventurous people who dare to go camping in the winter. Why would someone do such thing? Well, there are some reasons to go winter camping: to challenge themselves, to enjoy ice fishing and to enjoy pure silence.

While summer camping attracts lots of people and bugs, which usually deter wild animals. However, in the winter, there are no bugs, which is a big plus and there are no crowds to leave a mess all around. And then, there is the scenery: all white!

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Winter camping is definitely not for everyone and it provides a lot of new experiences for those who dare to do this. It also provides a lot of life lessons, some funny, some more realistic.

1. You will see what a really bad morning looks like

If you thought mornings are bad, then you need to experience a morning during winter camping. While waking up in the nature is not bad at all, getting out of the warm sleeping bag and trying to function in the cold is definitely a challenge. However, after you manage to get the fire up and going and make your hot coffee, you will feel confident and proud of yourself.

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2. You also learn your financial powers are limited

Winter camping asks for special cold weather camping gear, which is especially designed to keep you warm. But this also means all those sleeping bags, sleeping pads, extra warm clothes and the rest of the gear are more expensive than regular camping gear. Which reminds you that your financial power is limited.

3. You learn to appreciate food more

After a day spent playing in the cold, with snow, there is nothing better than a nourishing meal. Winter camping makes you appreciate food more and it also shows you why humans are meant to eat all types of foods.

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4. You learn that cold really brings you closer

When you are winter camping you don’t need to be in love with someone in order to hug him or her: the simple thought of snuggling with someone becomes very attractive. Of course, you can also reap the benefits and snuggle for both romantic interest and warmth.

5. You learn that you’re not invincible

This is the most important thing you will learn while camping in the cold season. If camping in the summer is a breeze, winter camping is a challenge. Couple of mistakes can make the difference between a pleasurable experience and one ending in frostbites. As you try to make it through the day, overcoming the winter storm, you will see how fragile you are. Nature will show you how easy it is for humans to lose the ultimate battle, the battle for life. Because humans are not invincible!

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6. You also see what people are really made of

Cold alters one’s personality and takes out the real individual. While your friends will look funny jumping around to warm up, you will soon find out what they are made of. When it’s cold and the conditions are tough, you might discover your friends are not that friendly as you thought they were. And this time it won’t be from what they say, but from what they do.

All in one, winter camping is not for everyone, as it tests your abilities. If you do take up the challenge, you will learn a lot of interesting and useful things, both about you and about people who join you in this adventure.

Featured photo credit: huckberry via huckberry.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

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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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

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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