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Six Instagram-Worthy Places in the UK

Six Instagram-Worthy Places in the UK

Snapping away on our camera phones has become part of everyday life and with the average number of ‘selfies’ taken a day topping a million, choosing the perfect location to capture those all-important moments is crucial. Now it is not necessary to scale buildings or hang over cliffs to get the perfect shot. There are plenty of beautiful and Instagram-worthy places in the UK but you may just have to look up from your mobile screen to find them!

Taking epic pictures of our travels is another popular way to showcase our love of exploring the world and also gives us some well-earned bragging rights. Who wouldn’t want to share how much of a good time they’re having, right? Fortunately, the UK has a range of beautiful and diverse locations to get that perfect InstaSnap. Whether it is soaking up the tranquillity on a secluded beach in Cornwall or heading to one of the country’s historic cities, you are sure to find an idyllic location to keep those “likes” pouring in.

London

So it is the total travel cliché but let’s head to the capital for those Instaworthy snaps. From the numerous historic buildings to the swanky new skyscrapers, there is a location for a shot here for everyone. Some popular spots include the views from The Shard, trying to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace, and trying not to get hit by a black cab at Piccadilly Circus.

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    Porthcurno, Cornwall

    This spectacular location is home not only to captivating sandy shores, it’s here that you’ll also find Cornwall’s world-famous open-air Minack Theatre. Perched on the cliffs with a backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, it feels as if you’re watching a show at the end of the earth and boy does it offer a great shot for your Insta profile!

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      Edinburgh, Scotland

      There are tons of locations dotted around the beautiful city of Edinburgh to capture the perfect shot. Stop by the spectacular Forth Rail Bridge and capture the experience with a selfie from the seafront at South Queensferry or if you fancy some of the best views over the city, hike to the top of Arthur’s Seat for an amazing photo opportunity.

        The Peak District

        As the first of the UK’s National Parks, The Peak District has long been recognised for its outstanding beauty and stunning scenery. From the quintessential English villages to the majestic peaks and undulating valleys, this location gives you a unique and memorable experience all year round. For a spectacular view, head to Mam Tor and capture the sunrise over this breathtaking spot.

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          Cardigan Bay, Wales

          If you’re looking to visit an area jam-packed full of picturesque landscapes, glorious sandy shores, charming market towns and the chance to spot a dolphin or two, Cardigan Bay is the place. There are plenty of chances to capture Insta moments here and for something truly magical, head out by boat from New Quay in the summer and take a snap of the resident bottlenose dolphins just off the shoreline.

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            Heacham, Norfolk

            You may be able to convince people that you are actually visiting the Provence Vineyards in France with photo of the beautiful lavender fields in this location, yet you haven’t had to hop across the channel to do so. A visit to Heacham is the next best thing. The blankets of purple flora with their spectacular, renowned fragrance are a delight to the senses.

              Featured photo credit: The Shard, view on River Thames, LondonOpen Air Minack Theatre at Porthcurno West Cornwall CoastForth Bridge Blues, Mam Tor, Cardigan Bay, Norfolk Lavender – All from Flickr Creative Commons

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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. A rut can manifest as a productivity vacuum and 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. Is it possible to learn how to get out of a rut?

              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, or a student, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

              1. Work on Small Tasks

              When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks that 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 positive momentum, which I bring forward to my work.

              If you have a large long-term goal you can’t wait to get started on, break it down into smaller objectives first. This will help each piece feel manageable and help you feel like you’re moving closer to your goal.

              You can learn more about goals vs objectives here.

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              2. Take a Break From Your Work Desk

              When you want to learn how to get out of a rut, get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the bathroom, walk around the office, or go out and get a snack. According to research, your productivity is best when you work for 50 minutes to an hour and then take a 15-20 minute break[1].

              Your mind may be too bogged down and will need some airing. By walking away from your computer, you may create extra space for new ideas that were hiding behind high stress levels.

              3. Upgrade Yourself

              Take the down time to upgrade your knowledge and skills. Go to a seminar, read up on a subject of interest, or start learning 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[2]. How’s that for inspiration?

              4. Talk to a Friend

              Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while. Relying on a support system is a great way to work on self-care when you’re learning how to get out of a rut.

              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. Perfectionism can lead you to fear failure, which can ultimate hinder you even more if you’re trying to find motivation to work on something new.

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              If you allow your perfectionism to fade, 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.

              Learn more about How Not to Let Perfectionism Secretly Screw You Up.

              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 ultimate goal or vision you have for your life?

              Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action. You can use the power of visualization or even create a vision board if you like to have something to physically remind you of your goals.

              7. Read a Book (or Blog)

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

              Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. You can also stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs and follow writers who inspire and motivate you. Find something that interests you and start reading.

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              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[3].

              Try a nap if you want to get out of a rut

                One Harvard study found that “whether they took long naps or short naps, participants showed significant improvement on three of the four tests in the study’s cognitive-assessment battery”[4].

                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 your inspiration, and perhaps even journal about it to make it feel more tangible.

                10. Find Some Competition

                When we are learning how to get out of a rut, there’s 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, and networking conventions can all inspire you to get a move on. However, don’t let this throw you back into your perfectionist tendencies or low self-esteem.

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                11. Go Exercise

                Since you are not making headway at work, you might as well spend the time getting into shape and increasing dopamine levels. Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, or whatever type of exercise helps you start to feel better.

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

                If you need ideas for a quick workout, check out the video below:

                12. Take a Few Vacation Days

                If you are stuck in a rut, it’s usually a sign that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                Beyond the quick tips above, arrange one or two days to take off from work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax, do your favorite activities, and spend time with family members. 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.

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