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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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              4 Ways to Deal With Big Life Changes in a Positive Way

              4 Ways to Deal With Big Life Changes in a Positive Way

              Life changes are constant. Whether it’s in the workplace or our relationships, nothing in life ever remains the same for long.

              Regardless of the gravity of change, it can always be a little scary. So scary, in fact, that some people are downright crippled by the idea of it, causing them to remain stagnant through anxiety.

              Have you ever noticed how much of life’s transitional periods are riddled with anxious vibes? The quarter life crisis, the mid-life crisis, cold feet before getting married, retirement anxiety, and teenage angst are just a few examples of transitional periods when people tend to panic.

              We can’t control every aspect of our lives, and we can’t stop change from happening. However, how we respond to change will greatly affect our overall life experience.

              Here are 4 ways you can approach life changes in a positive way.

              1. Don’t Fight It

              I once heard one of my favorite yoga instructors say “Suffering is what occurs when we resist what is already happening.” The lesson has stuck with me ever since.

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              Life changes are usually out of our control. Rather than trying to manipulate the situation and wishing things were different, try flowing with it instead.

              Of course, some initial resistance is natural if we’re going into survival mode. Just make sure you are conscious of when this resistance is no longer serving you.

              If you’re feeling anxious about impending life changes, it’s time to practice some techniques to address the anxiety directly. These can include meditation, exercise, talking with friends about how you’re feeling, or journaling.

              If you’re worried about a big life change, such as starting a new job[1] or moving in with your partner, do your best to control your expectations. It may help you to talk with people you know about their experiences going through similar changes. This will help you form a realistic picture in your mind of what things will look like post-change.

              2. Find Healthy Ways to Deal With Feelings

              Whenever we’re in transitional periods, it can be easy to lose track of ourselves. Sometimes we feel like we’re being tossed about by life and like we’ve lost our footing, causing some very uncomfortable feelings to arise.

              One way we can channel these feelings is by finding healthy ways to release them. For instance, whenever I find myself in a difficult transitional phase, I end up in a mixed martial arts studio.

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              The physical activity helps me channel my emotions and release endorphins. It also helps me get in shape, which generally increases my mood and energy levels.

              Exercise is important in cultivating positive emotions, but if you’re struggling with anxiety in particular, it’s important to cultivate a regular exercise routine as opposed to a one-off workout. One study found that “Aerobic exercise can promote increase in anxiety acutely and regular aerobic exercise promotes reduction in anxiety levels”[2].

              If exercise isn’t your thing, there are other, less intense ways of cultivating positive emotions and reducing anxiety around life changes. You can try stretching, meditating, reading in nature, spending time with family and friends, or cooking a healthy meal.

              Find what makes you feel good and helps you ground yourself in the present moment.

              3. Reframe Your Perspective

              Reframing perspectives is a very powerful tool used in life coaching. It helps clients take a situation they are struggling with, such as a major life change, and find some sort of empowerment in it.

              Some examples of disempowered thinking during life changes include casting blame, focusing on negative details, or victimizing[3]. These perspectives can make awkward transitional phases much worse than they have to be.

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              Meanwhile, if we utilize a more positive perspective, such as finding a lesson in the situation, realizing that there may be an opportunity for something, or that everything passes, we can come from a greater place of ease.

              4. Find Time for Self-Reflection

              Having time to reflect is important at any stage in your life, but it’s especially important during transitional periods. It’s quite simple really: we need our time to step back and get centered when things get a little crazy.

              As a result, big life changes are perfect for doing some self-reflection. They are opportunities to check in with ourselves and practice getting grounded for a few minutes.

              Take a look at this reflective cycle adapted from Glibb’s Self-reflection guide (1988):[4]

              Use self-reflection when facing life changes.

                Self-reflective exercises include meditating, yoga or journaling,[5] all of which require some quiet time to get yourself together.

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                One study found that journal improves “self-efficacy, locus of control, and learning”[6]. A healthy sense of self-control can make the process of change easier to bear, so that in itself is a great reason to try self-reflection through journaling.

                To learn how to start journaling, you can check out this article.

                Final Thoughts

                Big life changes may rock us for a little while, but they don’t have to be as bad as we initially perceive them. If handled in a positive manner, transitional periods can pave the way for some serious self-growth, reflection, and awareness.

                Cultivate a sense of positivity and find ways to diminish the anxiety around life changes. Once you make it to the other side, you’ll be grateful that you made it through in the best way possible.

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                Featured photo credit: Alora Griffiths via unsplash.com

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