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40 Best Things To Do In Summer

40 Best Things To Do In Summer

1. Run barefoot through tall grass.
2. Treat yourself to a Mr. Whippy, two flakes, unashamedly.
3. Bury your friends in the sand.
4. Watch the sunset from a rooftop, any rooftop.
5. Make your own Pimms, stuffed with fruit, for the main course of your picnic.
6. Dip your feet in the sea, a river, anything wet.
7. Take a long walk in the country and have deep and absurd conversations about being trees. Don’t forget snacks.
8. Drive a convertible, top down, speakers blaring One Direction, Missy Elliot, or (insert-other-cheesy-music-hit.)
9. Dance on a hilltop at sunset.
10. Dance on a hilltop at sunrise.
11. Dance on a hilltop in the middle of the night.
12. Just make sure you dance on a hilltop.
13. Take creative photos of tiny monuments balanced on your head.
14. Skinny dip with new friends.
15. Lie perfectly still in the grass and make conversations out of clouds.
16. Rifle through those books on the shelf that you haven’t gotten around to yet.
17. Put handfuls of sand in your housemate’s pockets and watch their reaction when you ask for a mint.
18. Choose a hot day and jump straight into an ice cold outdoor swimming pool, eyes shut, legs tucked.
19. Enjoy the cinema from a rooftop or a drive in — no need to shut yourself away from the sun and stars.
20. Don’t miss out on a summer fair if there is one — eat drink ride.
21. Stock your freezer with Jubblies and fight the brain freeze as you eat all of them in one sitting.
22. Discover the beauties of the ocean floor with a bit of snorkeling.
23. Swim alone in an empty freshwater lake in the early morning sunlight.
24. Get lost in a foreign city and spend the day finding new things.
25. Play volleyball on the beach.
26. Throw a BBQ and invite everyone – not just the usual crowd. Get the world to mingle with your Pringles.
27. Have a good old-fashioned water fight while the sun’s out and you’re feeling silly.
28. Go for a long cycle and enjoy fast-paced breezy moments in the hot weather.
29. Have a brunch that turns into lunch that turns into dinner and let your day blow in the wind like a leaf.
30. Stand with your feet in the sea and feel the water dragging the sand away from your toes.
31. Have a jamming session in a field at noon and let out your inner hipster with some acoustic guitar or a throaty song.
32. Enjoy the simple fact that the sun is shining and choose a walk over that taxi — think of that happy vitamin D.
33. Enjoy a dose of outdoor theatre and let the outside world dissolve around you as a whole new host of quality entertainment whisks you away, while you tan effortlessly in the summer rays.
34. Sleep outside beneath the stars (or the sun, depending on how demanding your daily routine is…)
35. Indulge yourself in the magic of fondue. Dip ALL THE THINGS in a chocolate fountain — strawberries, short -breads, chocolate. Dip chocolate in chocolate. Don’t think, just do.
36. Walk around, freely, unencumbered by winter coats, layers, or wooly accessories. Living that light life.
37. Invest in a hammock or befriend someone who has, because there’s nothing like hovering in the warm fresh air on the most comfortable bed there is, staring up at that beautiful blue sky.
38. Enjoy your chance to picnic — scoff your favourite finger foods: that’s right, cocktail sausages, strawberries, carrot sticks, and hummus, all the very best of fresh summer food. And don’t forget that checkered blanket on the grass. It just isn’t a picnic without it.                                                                                   39. Notice how different the world looks through sunglasses and then through your own eyes.
40. Appreciate a breeze when it blows.

Featured photo credit: Flikr – Thomas Mues via flickr.com

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Last Updated on July 23, 2019

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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  • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
  • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
  • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
  • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
  • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
  • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

1. Realize You’re Not Alone

Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

2. Find What Inspires You

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Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

3. Give Yourself a Break

When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

4. Shake up Your Routines

Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

5. Start with a Small Step

Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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