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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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              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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